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Picnic table project gives more outdoor seating on Main Street

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Amberle Godfrey, Kay Lawrence and Jack Dunn prepare planters to enhance the new picnic tables on Stegall Drive.


Motorists and pedestrians might notice that a portion Stegall Drive in the heart of Jasper has been spruced up with new outdoor seating and other additions to bolster the downtown scene.  

The first block of Stegall Drive is between two corner buildings on Main Street (one home to Pendley Creek Brewing Company and the other soon to be home to L.C. Taco Bar, now under renovation). Parallel parking

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Bunch hired as county CFO

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Charlene Bunch

Pickens County press release


The Board of Commissioners is very excited to announce that Charlene Bunch has been hired to serve the citizens of Pickens County as the finance director for the Pickens County government. Bunch officially came on board on June 14th and has been working with the existing finance director during the transition. On July 1st, she will officially become the finance director.  

Bunch brings over 30 years of accounting experience to Pickens County. She joins our organization from the State University System of Florida, for which Bunch served as the fiscal and business analyst at the University of South Florida. In that position, Bunch was responsible for managing USF’s capital improvements budget, which exceeds $200,000,000. Prior thereto, Bunch held other accounting positions as a divisional accounting

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New elections board members appointed

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  Pickens County Board of Elections Chair Josh Tippens.


At their June meeting, Pickens County commissioners appointed five members to the Pickens Board of Elections, with those positions to go into effect July 1. 

The new appointments came after state legislators made changes to the way board members are selected. Earlier this year, incoming Commission Chair Kris Stancil requested House Rep. Rick Jasperse review the county’s boards that operate under state statute. Jasperse and the General Assembly Legislative Counsel found issue with the elections board procedures and introduced legislation to change the appointment process. That legislation was eventually signed by the governor. 

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Lions gear up for return of July Fourth celebration

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     The fair is in town — Peachtree Rides crews work in the drizzle Tuesday assembling a Merry-Go-Round canopy at Lee Newton Park. The fair, which has been operated by Peachtree for the past several years, is an important source of revenue for the local Lions Club who use this to fund the yearly Independence Day celebration. 

Michael Jackson said he has been coming to Jasper with Peachtree Rides for the past six or seven years – except last year of course. “That pandemic really messed things up,” he said. “I am glad we are coming out of it.” Jackson said Jasper always puts on a good July 4th celebration. “They really go all out with fireworks and other stuff,” he said.

See a complete schedule , including hours at the Fair on pages 4-5B and on our Facebook page. Photo / Dan Pool


Tuesday morning, crews were busy setting up colorful fair rides at Lee Newton Park, where the majority of the Independence Day celebration will take place. The Jasper Lions Club has been busy organizing the 2021 event, and are excited to have it back after it had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. 

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Recycling Center wins KPB’s Green Ribbon Award

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Recycling Center employees (l-r) Linda Rich, Charlyn Osmer and Director Kenny Woodard.

Keep Pickens Beautiful awards the Green Ribbon Award to local individuals, groups, clubs, or businesses in recognition of outstanding examples of programs, projects, or activities that enhance our community. The most recent recipient is the Pickens Recycling Center.

The Pickens Recycling Center and their state-of-the-art recycling facility is making a significant impact in our community. Through their efficiency and dedicated staff, Pickens County is able to reduce the waste headed to the landfill. Under the guidance of Director Kenny Woodard, the center is making noteworthy strides to establishing Pickens County as a recycling hub in our region.

In addition to the recycling services the center provides, the staff has done an amazing job of making the facility an attractive place to visit. The stacked stone wall, plants such as daisies and butterfly bushes, and the other efforts made to beautify are welcoming as you drive through to drop off your recyclable materials.

Thank you to the Pickens Recycling Center. Keep Pickens Beautiful is happy to award you the Green Ribbon Award for June/July 2021.

If you have a nominee for a future Green Ribbon Award, please let us know.

To learn more about Keep Pickens Beautiful, the Green Ribbon Award, and recycling in Pickens County, visit