The Dragon Opportunity and Virtual Academy (DOVA) building will house five classrooms for vastly different programs.
The Pickens school board held a quick regular meeting July 11 with their chair Tucker Green using Skype to lead the meeting while on vacation. This marks the first time that Green, who is a UGA student, has used the teleconferencing option. A board member is allowed to participate in two meetings a year via teleconferencing.
Several board members said the meeting went okay and the superintendent commented at end of the board
Kansas City Barbeque Society Sanctioned event with 35 professional teams
and Kids Q Cook-Off Friday, Saturday
Have fun, great barbeque, and brew at the 1st annual Piggin in the Park barbeque competition in Jasper scheduled for July 19th and 20th. The Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned barbeque will be hosted by Prevent Child Abuse Pickens (PCAP), and the proceeds will go to the organizations ongoing efforts to prevent the abuse and neglect of our community’s children.
Are you aware that Pickens County has one of the highest rates of DFACS interventions per capita in Georgia? When DFACS has to remove a child from a home, even in the most extreme situations, it feels like a death to the child.
People try to assist pilot whales that have beached themselves by trying to push them out to sea.
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (July 17, 2019) – Multiple Pilot whales (Globicephala melas) repeatedly beached themselves on Georgia’s St. Simons Island today, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
“While stranding is a known natural occurrence, the only thing we can do is to continue pushing them out to sea,” says Wildlife Biologist Clay George.
Personnel from the DNR Wildlife Resources Division, DNR Coastal Resources Division, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, NOAA, Glynn County Emergency Management and others participated in efforts to push several beached whales back
Members of Woodstock Church Jasper gathered Sunday to officially break ground on an 8,200 square-foot building adjacent to their current location.
Members of Woodstock Church Jasper gathered Sunday evening to hold a worship service/ ground breaking for an 8,200 square-foot, modern church.
The new site will be adjacent to the current church on Highway 53 in Hill City where they were asked to take over the operation of a small Baptist church there in 2013.
Executive Pastor Jim Law thanked members who had been there with Mt. Hope Community at the time they asked Woodstock Baptist to take over their church. A number of the large crowd at the Sunday service raised their hand indicating they had been members of the former church and continue to be involved.
500 pounds of fireworks in 700 shells light up the town
Matt Owings is loading two of the 700 shells to be used in the spectacular aerial display.
By Max Caylor
It is 10:05 p.m. on the night of July 4th and Chad Sweat, the crew leader of Pyro Shows said, “I am about to go boom.”
He was preparing to fire 500 pounds of fireworks across the dark evening skies of Jasper to conclude the Independence Day celebration coordinated by the Lion’s Club of Jasper.
The 700 shells had been loaded in their mortar racks and were ready to be shot from the Lawson pasture just west of the old PHS football field and across from Newton Park.
Sweat used a wood framed firing board to manually ignite each rack of fireworks by flipping a toggle switch.
People gathered in bank, church, cemetery, and school parking lots and on the side of any road where they could view the dazzling pyro display. The impressive 15 minute aerial display was sponsored by Entegra Bank and Goss Equipment at a cost of $10,000.
The three-man crew from Pyro Shows from Lafollette, TN needed most the day to setup for the evening show. The company has almost 50 years experience and puts on about 1,000 shows each year with over 400 being around July 4th. Other Pyro affiliates are located in Alabama and Texas.
“We offer pyro technician training leading to licensing and becoming a professional Pyro,” said James Woods the southeastern sales manager for the company. Pyro Shows has produced the Jasper fireworks for the past six years. For more information about the company or training visit .