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KPB freshens up downtown mural

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       Keep Pickens Beautiful President Mary Ann Rentz spruces up a downtown mural midday Feb. 9. The mural is near the intersection of Church Street and Burnt Mountain Rd.


During a welcome break from cold weather and rain, Mary Ann Rentz pulled out her paintbrushes and took the opportunity to touch-up a mural in the heart of downtown Jasper. 

“This has been here at least 10 years and it faded,” said Rentz, whose efforts are part of Keep Pickens Beautiful’s mission to (you guessed it) keep Pickens beautiful. “In this spot the sun just beats down. Some parts look worse than others, but I’d say I’ll be working on this for months.” The painting, titled “The Trail Where they Cried” or “Nunna Daul Tsuny” in Cherokee, was donated by artist Daniel Norris. It features a soaring eagle and howling wolf as focal points, and several images of Native Americans - some sorrowful, some playing music, some dancing. Two rivers that flow down a rockface mimic a crying mother earth.   

The mural is on the side of a building at the intersection of Highway 53 and Burnt Mountain Road (just in front of the historic Jasper depot), and highly visible to passing motorists.       

Around the world cyclist details six years of pedaling

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       Cruising past watching Buddhas in Thailand. The speaker said we should all tackle big adventures since we are all terminal cases. 

       Robert Hirsch keeps things pretty simple. He goes by just one name Hirsch; doesn’t have a cell phone, never uses social media - preferring pen and paper, doesn’t make more money than he needs for basic food/shelter and doesn’t give his age (which partially goes back to social ills from him being promoted several grades ahead in school).

In fact for six years he could list his schedule as simply ride bicycle.

[A part 2 of Hirsch speaking is scheduled at the library on March 1 at 6:30 p.m.]

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

’Nettes are state bound

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       Photo/Jamie Richards After finishing runner-up in the region tournament, the ’Nettes will host Troup County this Friday in the first round of the state tournament.

        The region tournament came and went last week with both the Dragons and the Nettes concluding their regular seasons. The Nettes played first on Monday against the Southeast Whitfield Raiders, needing a win to secure a third straight playoff appearance. The Nettes came out focused and took care of business, beating the Lady Raiders 73-34 led by Torrie Williams and her 17 points. Mykenzie Weaver added 15 while Sarah Morris and Shelby Cook had 13 and 11, respectively.  

American Legion seeks help for paralyzed veteran

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       Parents Joe and Cola Weaver stand next to their son, National Guard veteran SP4 Warren Boyette, who was paralyzed on the left side of his body after suffering a stroke eight years ago. Severe swelling in his legs is requiring the family to seek treatment in Atlanta because of possible blood clots.  


By Suellen Reitz


Pickens County American Legion Post 149 is first and foremost all about vets helping vets.  Sometimes the help needed is more than one organization can handle. And at times like that…as it has often been said…“It takes the whole village.”

Such is the case for 56-year-old Warren Boyette, who suffered from a stroke eight years ago on Valentine’s Day that has left him totally paralyzed on the left side of his body making him fully dependent on his parents Joe and Cola Weaver. 

Two hospitalized in Ball Ground shooting

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Press Release


            Cherokee County, Ga. February 12, 2018. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 265 Flatbottom Trail in Ball Ground at 5:10am in reference to a residential alarm.  While the deputy was enroute to the residence a call was received by Cherokee County 911 advising of a person shot at the residence.  When deputies arrived on scene they located a male outside the residence with an injury to his face who was identified as Ronald Goss 53 years of age of Canton.  Deputies then began to check the interior of the residence and located a female, Tina Goss 48 years of age of Ball Ground, who had been shot.  Both parties were transported to the hospital where they remain.   Preliminary evidence indicates Mr. Goss forced entry into the home.  Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating this incident.  Ronald Goss will be charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder, Aggravated Battery FVA, Aggravated Assault FVA and Home Invasion.


See full story in this week's edition of the Pickens Progress.