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New girls basketball coach named

Successful coach brings state playoff experience to Dragonettes


   Brandon Thomas will be replacing retiring head coach Donna Enis as the ’Nettes coach next year.


The Pickens County School District announces the hire of Brandon Thomas as the new leader of the girls basketball program. Coach Thomas returns to Pickens County, where he was a teacher and a coach from 2005—2010.

This past season, Coach Thomas completed his 17th year in coaching, the last seven as head coach for the highly successful girls varsity squad at Winder-Barrow High School. During the 2015—2016 season, the Lady Doggs ended with an overall record of 26-7, earning 2nd place in the 5A State Tournament. His coaching achievements include:

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Does Pickens need a Cemetery Preservation Commission?


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Greg Trammell wants the county to establish a volunteer commission that would create a log of all cemeteries and maintain abandoned gravesites. 


Just a few days ago, on March 20th, the University of Georgia reinterred the remains of over 100 bodies found unexpectedly during the multi-million-dollar expansion of an academic building on campus. 

The skeletal remains were discovered by construction workers back in November of 2015. Archaeologists determined the graves to be part of the Old Athens Cemetery, which operated as a public cemetery throughout the 19th century. The construction site was on an older portion of the cemetery where slaves were buried.

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Jasper’s water system eyes new sources

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[This is the second of a two-part series. The first looked at the city’s sewage system and future options. It is available from the March 2nd edition.]



Because of the extended drought and relatively dry winter, the city of Jasper’s water supply is at roughly the same level now as it usually is in July of most years. But officials say the worst-case scenarios involve only tighter restrictions on outdoor use. 

The mayor and water department superintendent are confident the city will be able to meet all demands for homes this year even if we see drought again.

“Extreme drought makes us do extreme things, but we will keep water in the lines,” Mayor John Weaver said in an interview earlier in March. 

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Trailer apparently not trashed


     A project thought dead in the water is back on its feet. Three sections of the former North Georgia Boys & Girls Club facility at Roper Park have been moved to their new home at the Pickens County Airport. 


The triple-wide trailer some thought was in danger of being ruined before it could be moved from Roper Park to the airport has made its way to its new home, and airport officials are excited about renovating it and relocating from their smaller base/pilots’ lounge.  

But for weeks the project appeared to have puttered out, with one of two other bidders saying he warned county officials they should be cautious proceeding with the low bid to move the trailer – a project that sat stalled for weeks with debris scattered around the disassembled mobile home at Roper Park. The project was awarded to Shannon’s Mobile Home and Grading for $20,000.  The two other bids were over $70,000. 

     See this week's print or online editions for the full story. 

Jasper Farmers Market opens Saturday

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     Granny Matt Farms has been a good source for early garden plants for several years. He, and other areas farmers will be back in action, selling produce in Lee Newton park starting this Saturday.


By Darla Huffman


            The Jasper Farmers Market will open on April 1 this year.  We never know who will be there so I looked at the last 3 years and borrowed from them.

            2016: Opening day was sunny and cold; not a lot of vendors but a nice mix of previous and new vendors; crafts and produce.  Lettuce and kale were plentiful as were garden ready vegetable plants; broccoli and cabbage and other things that can be planted right now.  If you are not familiar with planting early spring gardens, the vendors who sell them are always ready to share their expertise.

            Her many friends and customers will be glad to see Jackie Carlyle at the market, selling her diabetic friendly bread and other goodies.  This

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