Rosa Willis / Photo Bring on the world, PHS graduate Rudy Perez and fellow seniors await their diplomas during the ceremony Saturday at Dragon Stadium. See more photos from the day on page 16A.
The 272 members of the PHS Class of 2018 graduated Saturday, May 26th. Despite threat of rain all week, the ceremony took place outside in the newly remodeled Dragon Stadium. English teacher Keith Petty gave the day’s commencement speech, reminding students to “remember where you came from.”
Petty, a favorite teacher among the class of 2018 for his good nature and interesting classes, told students that love had brought them this far in their journey.
Businesses have a big opportunity to cash in on tourism
For the first time in nearly 10 years, over 1,000 cyclists will roll into Jasper as part of the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG), a popular event now in its 39th year.
But these riders won’t just wave as they pass through on their way to another town, they’ll stay overnight the night of Monday, June 4. The Chamber of Commerce is doing all it can to roll out the red carpet with special events, but businesses are strongly encouraged to make plans and take advantage of the crowds.
For just a $10 donation per picket, you can help the Southern Appalachian Folk Art School beautify their building and raise money to expand.
The Southern Appalachian Folk School wants your help to raise money for the new non-profit that brings the spirit of the southern Appalachian Mountains through arts, crafts, and stories of the region.
The school invites the public to add a little flare to their Chambers Street location in Jasper (formerly the Pickens DFCS office) by painting pickets that will be used to make a 200-foot folk art fence.
Mountain City Church will be the new inhabitants of the downtown Jasper building most recently occupied by Miller & Associates following a May 24th auction.
According to Scott Schwartz of Bullseye Auction & Appraisal company, 10 bidders were registered for the online auction of the building at 1 South Main Street.
Church pastor Chris Foglesong said an anonymous member of the congregation submitted the winning bid and purchased the building. Mountain City Church will use the space under negotiated terms. Details of these terms and the bid price were not available at press time.
“We are very excited about this, and fortunately had a private investor with an LLC purchase the building who is excited about our vision for the space,” Foglesong said. “We will basically be one of a few tenants in the building. It’s good for the investor, good for us and we want it to be good for the community. It’s really a win-win.”
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Spencer Childers and Owen Moss won the team’s final event of the year at Carters Lake. Childers was awarded this year’s Pickens Bass Fishing Scholarship.
The month of May has brought a lot of success for Pickens High School Senior Spencer Childers. He began the month by being recognized as the Pickens Bass Fishing Scholarship winner for 2018. The 3 year high school angler has committed to continue his fishing career at Bethel University located near Kentucky Lake in Northern Tennessee. He will join 2017 graduate Logan Millsaps, who is also fishing for Wildcats. Former winners of the scholarship include Millsaps, Jacob Gordon (UNG), and Andrew Hasbrouck (Young Harris); all three of which are fishing for the respective colleges.