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Keep Pickens Beautiful to provide lunch at community gathering for 30th Anniversary celebration

Public invited to celebrate 30 years with KPB



Three decades. That’s how long Keep Pickens Beautiful has been the driving force behind litter reduction, recycling efforts, beautification projects and solid waste management in the community – and they want to celebrate with you. 

On Saturday, Sept. 28, KPB is inviting the community out to their 30th anniversary celebration at Lee Newton Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is meant to thank members of the community who have supported the non-profit over the years and to share their mission and history with people who might not know who they are. Everyone is

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Sports columnist looks ahead to Dawgs vs. Notre Dame


By Tommy Gartrell 

Sports Columnist

       If you asked fans, the Georgia Bulldogs haven’t played a truly meaningful football game since last year’s SEC Championship game and based on the utterly uninspired performance against Texas on New Years Day, the players must agree. At long last though, the college football schedule gives us the first top 10 pairing of 2019.

The third ranked Bulldogs (3-0) host seventh ranked and often overrated Notre Dame (2-0) on Saturday night at 8 p.m. in CBS’s prime time game of the week. It is billed as a “play-off defining” game. I prefer to call it the only credible obstacle in Georgia’s schedule until the Auburn game on November 16, and I use the word “credible” very loosely here.

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This weekend packed with events


 Local veterans including Col. Robert Reitz, a member of the Army Ranger Hall of Fame, Larry Brown of the Strategic Air Command, Suellen Reitz who mobilized for Desert Storm, and Jim Brescia who served in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and earned a Purple Heart, will meet the public at this weekend's Freedom Walk, one of many events going on in town. 

       Visitors to Jasper this weekend will see plenty of activity in and around our downtown as several community service groups will host fun-filled events to raise money for worthwhile causes. 

Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday night in Dragon Stadium, the home football game will kick off against Chamblee at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the game, starting at 7 p.m., this year’s PHS Court will be presented. Also Friday night, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host the Red Shoe Gala  from 7-10 p.m. at Chattahoochee Tech to raise money for foster children in  Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties. The event will feature door prizes and a silent auction.

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Passionate about history: Mule houses of Jasper

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photo from Photos of Pickens County Georgia Facebook group

The new Old Mulehouse on the corner of Main Street and Highway 53 was originally a Chevrolet dealership operated by the Lawson family. The Lawson family did originally operate a mule house in Jasper, but not at this site. 

By Blake Moss


The much anticipated opening of the Old Mulehouse on Main Street has finally arrived. It is in the nearly century old Lawson building that once housed automotive establishments Lawson Chevrolet and NAPA auto parts, where my grandfather, Wallace "Pop" Moss, worked for many years. 

The name of the restaurant itself comes from a common building found in most small towns around the turn of the century called a mule house. It would be a large barn that when someone would ride into town to do their business, they could stow their mule there and not worry about it wandering off.

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GDOT repairing section of Highway 108 this week


     WHITE, GA – Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance crews are currently working to repair a stretch of State Route 108 in Cherokee County. The repairs will occur Wednesday and Thursday between Mitchell Road and the Pickens County line.

     GDOT officials said motorists should be prepared for delays in the area while crews are working on the highway.

      “Maintenance projects like these help us keep our roads safe for our drivers,” said GDOT District 6 Engineer Grant Waldrop. “We appreciate the public’s patience as we make these necessary improvements.”

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