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Jasper candidates sound off on growth, parks, and downtown


Jasper Council candidates (l-r) Doug Patterson, Dr. Sonny Proctor, Ryan O’Dea and Anne Sneve at Monday’s forum.


A Jasper City Council forum held Monday revealed that candidates have platforms that overlap in many areas, with issues like controlled growth, downtown revitalization, improved parks and recreation, more entertainment, job creation, and collaboration as top priorities. 

Two council seats are up for grabs. Incumbent Anne Sneve, who is running for a third term, faces challenger Ryan O’Dea, a 15-year resident of Pickens County. Incumbent Dr. Sonny Proctor, who is running for his first full term after filling one year of an unexpired term, is running against native Pickens County resident Doug Patterson. 

The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7. Early voting began Monday.  

Pickens native hired as Bent Tree general manager


 Bent Tree’s new GM Tom Fowler


        Tom Fowler, a Pickens native, has been hired as the general manager of the Bent Tree community, a place where he worked more than 20 years ago on the golf course.

Fowler began working on the Bent Tree golf course while in high school during the late 1980s and later worked as the assistant pro there during the 1990s.

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Two injured on haunted hayride

Owners “heartbroken” about accident, want to regain public’s trust


         According to a Pickens County Sheriff’s Office report, two people were injured in an accident at Devil’s Shadow Haunted Hayride at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. 

The report states that a trailer carrying passengers came loose from a tractor and crashed into a tree. The responding officer states that when he arrived the trailer was “sitting upright with the rear end sitting against trees,” and that a Charles Amos and Mary Amos Williams were sitting at the rear of the trailer. They were the only  injured persons noted in the incident report.

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Heritage Days in Talking Rock this weekend

Visit Talking Rock Schoolhouse


The school house will be open on Saturday from 9-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. during the Talking Rock festival.


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Pickens County Retired Educators Association


Members of the Pickens County Retired Educators Association (PCREA) will be at the Talking Rock Schoolhouse Teaching Museum during Heritage Days on October 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and October 22 from 1  to 4 p.m. Volunteers from PCREA will tell visitors the history of the museum building and what it was like to be a student or a teacher in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. 

The schoolhouse was built in 1877 to be used as Ludville High School, which is located in the western part of Pickens County. It was the first high school in the county and had students from Pickens County and some neighboring counties. When the railroad came to Talking Rock, the school was moved to its current location in Talking Rock. It was felt that the school would be more available to students near the railroad.

Airport terminal on the horizon

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The runway at the Pickens County Airport. 

         A deal that could land a new terminal building at the Pickens County airport was introduced at the airport authority meeting Monday night.

The potential deal, as yet unstructured, was announced as a public/private partnership between Atlantic Coast Conservancy (ACC) and the county to replace the current airport offices with a modern,  green certified, terminal, or Fixed Base Operation (FBO) in aviation jargon.

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