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Netflix series filming to cause road closure


Filming for Netflix series "Pieces of Her" will take place on Church Street at the Budget Inn motel and the building directly across the street that housed the Blue Rodeo bar/restaurant many years ago. Production crews have been on both sites this week getting them preppred for filming. A new temporary sign has been put up at the old bar, and trim and doors were being painted at the motel Friday afternoon. The Budget Inn sign has also been removed. 



A section of Highway 53 East will be closed for portions of three days, from July 13 through the early morning hours of July 15 while scenes for Netflix series Pieces of Her are filmed.

According to Pickens Economic Development Director Green Suttles, the production company will be filming primarily at the Budget Inn motel and the building directly across the street that was once home to the bar and restaurant the Blue Rodeo, but which has sat vacant for over a decade. 

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Farmers market keeps growing this summer

farmers market

     Our market had a wonderful and cooler day to do business. Setting up in the park lining the walkway were many happy vendors. It was a  peaceful, gentle, and happy morning. Knowing it’s the Independence Day weekend brightened everyone’s mood.

Vivian Tritt always has three delicious sorbets for immediate consumption. This week she brought watermelon. How appropriate for the holiday. She always has several choices of sorbet to take home; the list is long, so it’s best if you go and read it and drool yourself.

There was much to be found including chocolate dipped macaroons. Yum. The bakers were really showing off their goods. Zach Henson’s table was loaded with garden goodness. There is lots of garlic and squash

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New elections board wastes no time getting to business


     Stacey Godfrey has been selected as the finalist for the Pickens Elections Supervisor. The Pickens County Board of Elections can officially hire her in two weeks after the required waiting period. 


By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer


Within days of being appointed, the new Pickens County Board of Elections got down to business. On July 1st, the very first day their positions became effective, board members held their first public meeting, first executive session, and named their choice for the new elections supervisor.

At the evening public meeting, Board Chair Josh Tippens said that during the executive session held earlier that afternoon the board selected Stacey Godfrey as finalist for elections supervisor. One of five

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Tater Patch Players still looking for a few good men and women

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     Tater Patch Players will hold additional auditions for their upcoming production of Sex Please, We're Sixty. As you can guess from the title, this is a wild and crazy comedy. There are two male roles and four female roles and all are for actors able to play age 60+. Auditions will be held on Sunday, July 11, from 6-7 p.m. and Monday, July 12 from 6-7 p.m. at the Tater Patch Players Theater, located at 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper, near the WalMart.  

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Judge rules against Impact Pickens’ recall

Lies, bullying led to former Supt. Townsend’s removal, according 

to testimony from school board members Smith and Holland


     Local advocacy group Impact Pickens did not get the news they hoped for in court last week when a judge ruled to dismiss their application to recall two school board members for their role in the termination of Dr. Rick Townsend. The judge’s ruling will stop the group’s efforts to recall those board members unless they file an appeal. 

The issue became public and contentious early this year when Townsend was dismissed without cause in a 3-2 vote by the school board. The system paid Townsend $420,000 to buyout his contract. Impact Pickens formed in response to the actions of board members Sue Finley, Steve Smith, and Aaron Holland, who they alleged conspired to have Townsend removed, displayed fiscal maleficence by wasting taxpayer money, and violated the open meetings act.

Read more: Judge rules against Impact Pickens’ recall