Youth from the Jasper First Baptist worked at the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth, and Families. Projects included maintaining the bike trails, building decks, building a playground, and sanding and staining the hardwood floors of some of the cabins.
The planning for the annual Youth Mission Trip at First Baptist Church of Jasper is essentially year-round and nonstop. This is evidenced by the efficiency of this trip. Through trial and error, the Youth Mission Trip has continuously evolved and now operates as a well oiled machine. This is how FBCJ is able to report that this year marked the 43rd year of this annual trip, and the success of this year’s trip to the Black Mountain Home for Children in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Raffles, scrimmages on tap for a Friday evening of fun
A scene from last year's Meet the Dragons event.
The Pickens Dragons Football program will host its second annual “Meet the Dragons” night this Friday, August 9th at Dragons Stadium.
The event serves as a fundraiser to support all Pickens football players grades k-12. A $5 donation for adults and $3 for kids will enter patrons in a raffle for great prizes including season tickets, spirit wear, and a $100 cash prize. The first 200 people who arrive will receive a 2019 Dragons football
Parks have more allotment under most recent figures
With just a few weeks until the deadline to get final ballot language to the Pickens County Elections Office, Pickens Commission Chair Rob Jones sat down to discuss the most up-to-date SPLOST numbers.
A SPLOST question will appear on the November 2019 ballot, along with several key local races. By law, local leaders must provide voters with a general description of how SPLOST money will be spent (specific projects don’t have to be detailed in the ballot language, but projected SPLOST revenues must be separated into categories such as “Road, Street, Bridge Projects.”) Leaders can opt for a five-year SPLOST, with revenue projections of $30 million, or a six-year SPLOST, with revenue projections of $37 million.
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Group to bring Yasmina Reza’s “Art” to Jasper this month
Purchase tickets through Cherokee Theater Company at cherokeetheatre.tix.com.
The Gaslight Players is a newly-formed theater troupe whose members have grown up in local theater. This July they wrapped up a sell-out run of “Smoke on the Mountain” in Canton, and are now gearing up for a production of “Art” at The Conservancy in Jasper. Here, founding member Eric Reinhardt talks about the group, their vision, and plans for the future.
County signs give valuable insight into traffic speed and volume
These signs track drivers' speed around the county - and they show that motorists regularly go over the speed limit.
If you think people fly on certain roads, you are probably right. The first batch of speed reports from Pickens County show on key problem roads the average speed is over the speed limit and the maximum speeds recorded are scary.
If you have seen the signs on area roads that display your speed and flash when you are exceeding the speed limit, the sign has seen you too. The county has been following a protocol since December of placing the signs in areas where people call to complain about speeding or where they believe there is a persistent problem.
See this week's print or online editions for full story and chart of recorded speeds around the county.