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Be Bearwise to protect bears and yourself

BlackBear BirdFeeder

photo/Ga. DNR

If you really care about bears, please make the extra effort to ensure that your home and yard are “unattractive” to bears – to protect yourself, your family and pets, and bears.

Submitted by Ga. DNR

A bear on the back porch, a bear in the trash, or a bear destroying a bird feeder are all relatively minor situations and almost all could be avoided by Becoming BearWise, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). 

“Avoiding problems with bears is usually simple, though it may not always be convenient,” says Adam Hammond, WRD’s state bear biologist. “One of the six BearWise Basics is about securing food, garbage, and recycling. When bears have access to human-provided foods, regardless of the source or the intent, they will take advantage of them, and that often leads to further problems.” 

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Historic Moore Furniture building sold


        Angela Reinhardt / Photo

Dempsey Auction Company Founder Ray Dempsey, center with visor, was one of several lively auctioneers at the Main Street building sale. In addition to in-person bidders, there were many people in attendance as spectators.   


The historic Main Street building that most recently housed Moore Furniture sold at auction last week, Thursday, May 27. 

The auction was held by Dempsey Auction Company, whose owners said the turnout was excellent. In addition to the four in-person bidders, there were 14 online bidders from Georgia, Mississippi, Ohio, Florida, and Georgia. 

“That’s really exceptional and says a lot about the product and a lot about Jasper,” said Dempsey Auction Co. President Lou Dempsey, who co-owns the business with his father Ray Dempsey, founder. 

Read more: Historic Moore Furniture building sold

Library prepares opening of temporary service location during renovation


The Pickens County Library will be closed for renovations for the next 10-12 months. 

     The Pickens County Library in Jasper, located at 100 Library Lane, has closed to the public to prepare for upcoming renovations and expansions of its facilities through 2021. While the library is closed, a temporary, limited-service library location called “Pickens Grab & Go” will be available inside the Mountain Education Charter High School building, located at 339 West Church Street. The Grab & Go location is anticipated to open to the public during June 2021.

The library has launched a webpage at detailing the construction project with answers to common questions. Visitors can check the page frequently for updates about the renovations and expansions, as well as the opening date and service hours of the Pickens Grab & Go temporary service location once they are announced.

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In dramatic court finale,Wigington sentenced to 15 years to serve five

Disgraced magistrate nearly collapses when sentence read in court


book in photo/Allen Wigington


On Thursday morning, May 27, former Pickens County Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington received a 15-year sentence, to serve five of those years incarcerated and the remaining 10 years on probation, plus paying restitution for his theft of taxpayer money.

The sentence appeared to shock the longtime county employee to the point that he had to steady himself on the defense table to keep from collapsing when it was read.

The sentence hearing, which was attended by a handful of family members, friends, and other members of the public, came about a month after Wigington pled guilty to crimes that date back to 2016. In total, he pled guilty to 44 felonies and five misdemeanors. 

        See full coverage of sentence hearing in this week's print or online editions.