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First Green Drinks looks at climate change

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        The Atlantic Coast Conservancy, located at 72 South Main Street, will host a Green Drinks social and education evening, Thursday April 25th, from 5-7 p.m. 

The featured speaker is Melissa Hopkinson, a Lecturer of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of North Georgia. She teaches courses on Weather and Climate, Physical Geography, and Oceanography. She earned her Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, where she studied past climate change. Her research involved the analysis of air bubbles in ice cores to determine climatic and oceanographic conditions during the last Ice Age.

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Community Day of Prayer May 2

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It is the hope of ministry leaders that all who can will join them in prayer at the annual event. Shown is last year’s Day of Prayer on the courthouse lawn.

By Ralph Barker

President of the Pickens County Ministerial 



Thursday, May 2nd, is the National Day of Prayer. Services will be held around the nation in thousands of local communities. We will be part of this great event.

The Pickens County National Day of Prayer service will be held at noon on Thursday, May 2nd. The service will be held  in front of the Pickens County Courthouse located on  Main Street, in Jasper.

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Plants, plants and more plants at Farmers’ Market


      Every 2nd Saturday of the month the Pickens County Master Gardeners will have educational programs at the Jasper Farmers’ Market.


By Heather Giambra


Another fine day for our farmers’ market, despite the possibility of rain, that did not appear. We are grateful to be dry and warm to conduct business, despite the smaller turnout. Thank goodness the Bark in The Park event drew dogs and their people in as they took notice and sauntered over to peruse the great things our vendors have to offer. 

Read more: Plants, plants and more plants at Farmers’ Market

Waxing nostalgic: “Photos of Pickens County Georgia” goes viral

Residents reminisce with loads of old photos on new Facebook page  


The old courthouse with the Edge Building that houses the Pickens Progress in the background:

One of the “Photos of Pickens County Georgia” creator Gaylon Mathew’s 

favorites that have been posted on the Facebook page. 


Just a week after photographer Gaylon Mathews created a Facebook page dedicated to sharing photos of Pickens County history, the group had already attracted over 4,300 members who had made over 95,000 posts/comments/reactions. 

In the first post on “Photos of Pickens County Georgia,” created April 7, 2019, Mathews outlines the page’s goal: to “share photos of businesses, industry, churches, cemeteries, abandoned structures, old home places, attractions, waterfalls, lakes and ponds, wildlife street photos, people, sports, incidents, newsworthy events, farms, and so on.” 

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“Death of a child is imminent,” detective says of vaping

Schools, sheriff, DA see demo of new weapon in fight against drugs


sheriff machine

School, sheriff and district attorney personnel on Friday discussed efforts that could be taken to combat vaping among teens and the vaping of illegal synthetic substances.

The meeting at the school board offices featured the demonstration of a $48,000 handheld device that could identify the “fingerprints” of thousands of different drugs, as well as explosive material with no advanced chemistry training needed to operate it.

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