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Canning plant will not open this year

        canning plant

      The canning plant will not open this year due to not being inspected. The school system is planning to relocate the cannery to the new Pickens Junior High campus.

       For the first time in decades, the Pickens County Canning Plant will not open during peak vegetable season. 

The announcement came during the regular Pickens County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, July 20. The canning plant is owned by the school system and, like most canning plants in the state, is run by the system’s agricultural program teachers. 


In a prepared statement, Dr. Carlton Wilson explained that it was brought to his attention the facility, located behind the old Jasper Middle School campus, had not been inspected by the state for several years. The cannery was originally slated to be inspected the first week in July, but that date was pushed back to late fall due to lack of inspectors. 

“Due to this information, I am not comfortable opening our canning plant without the proper safety clearance. With the safety of our employees and customers at the forefront, we will not open our canning plant this year. We are exploring the possibility of relocating and updating our plant to the new Pickens Jr. High Campus. I know this may be a huge inconvenience to several of our citizens and for that I am truly sorry.” 

The closest cannery is in Gilmer County at Clear Creek Middle School. Their hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday through the end of November from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Processing must begin by 11 a.m. Cans are available for purchase. Customers must provide their own glass jars. The facility is located at 465 Ellijay, Ga. They can be reached at 706-276-5095. 

Tuesday’s vote will settle west district commission race



Republican voters in Pickens County will decide on the District 1 commission race between incumbent Jerry Barnes and challenger Amberle Godfrey in the primary runoff vote next Tuesday. This race for the District 1 seat has no Democratic opposition so the top vote getter next week will be the winner, without any November challenge.

Barnes took almost 48 percent of the vote in the May primary but with third candidate Bart Connelly in the race, the incumbent did not get the majority required to avoid the runoff. Connelly has since endorsed Godfrey in this race.

Operation Southern Shield ready to put the brakes on speeding


     (ATLANTA) -  Law enforcement officers in Georgia are ready to put the hammer down on drivers who are hammering down on their gas pedal during the second annual "Operation Southern Shield" speed enforcement operation.

After last year's highly successful operation that drew national attention, Georgia will join neighboring states in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina in pulling over drivers who are breaking the law by traveling above the legal speed limit on interstates, major highways and local roads from Monday, July 16 through Sunday, July 22.

“He’s as tough as nails,” dad says of son with leukemia

Family to tell story on WSB’s Care-A-Thon

Lowe Family

Family Photo

Lisa and Ryker Lowe and their three sons. Harlan, center, was diagnosed with leukemia in March. The Lowes will help raise money to look for a cure by sharing their story live on the annual WSB Care-a-Thon on Thursday, July 26 at 11:10 a.m.

Ryker Lowe said if his four-year-old son Harlan wasn’t bald and thin from chemotherapy treatments, people would never be able to tell he has leukemia. 

“He’s tough as a sack of nails,” said Lowe, who along with his wife Lisa received the devastating diagnosis in March of this year.

         “He never boo-hoos, and has handled things so well. He brings so much life to our family. He’s happy and smart, and an old soul. You can talk to him like an adult.”

CROSSFEST to feature Rock Of Christ

church Rock of Christ Band

     Rock Of Christ will be among the many Christian musical sounds at CROSSFEST

     CROSSFEST was created to be a community-wide Christian Festival for the whole family. One of the most important goals this year is for the Church to come together and provide an end-of-Summer blessing to our local families and communities. 

This year's CROSSFEST is set to take place on Saturday, July 21st from 2 to 9 p.m. at Lee Newton Park in Jasper. The event is free admission for everyone. The only cost will be if you choose to buy from one of the art, craft or specialty item vendors at the event.