By Suellen Reitz
Pickens County Master Gardener
Spring is such a beautiful season of the year here in Pickens County. Flowers are beginning to display their full splendor in color. And with the flowers, we see butterflies. Here in Georgia, there are over 160 different varieties of these winged beauties, but the one most easily recognized and studied because of it’s unique migratory path across North America is the monarch.
Submitted by the Jasper Lions Club
It’s grillin’ time!! What could be better with those yummy grilled hamburgers and hot dogs than a sweet Vidalia Onion, straight from the farm? They’re even good grilled by themselves!
This is the last week to order those sweet onions from the Jasper Lions Club. Since the Lions started this onion sale many years ago, the prices have remained the same — 10 lbs for $10, or 3 10-lb bags for $25. Deadline for orders is Saturday, April 25. The onions should be delivered next week.
Schools, sheriff, DA see demo of new weapon in fight against drugs
School, sheriff and district attorney personnel on Friday discussed efforts that could be taken to combat vaping among teens and the vaping of illegal synthetic substances.
The meeting at the school board offices featured the demonstration of a $48,000 handheld device that could identify the “fingerprints” of thousands of different drugs, as well as explosive material with no advanced chemistry training needed to operate it.
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Every 2nd Saturday of the month the Pickens County Master Gardeners will have educational programs at the Jasper Farmers’ Market.
By Heather Giambra
Another fine day for our farmers’ market, despite the possibility of rain, that did not appear. We are grateful to be dry and warm to conduct business, despite the smaller turnout. Thank goodness the Bark in The Park event drew dogs and their people in as they took notice and sauntered over to peruse the great things our vendors have to offer.
Residents reminisce with loads of old photos on new Facebook page
The old courthouse with the Edge Building that houses the Pickens Progress in the background:
One of the “Photos of Pickens County Georgia” creator Gaylon Mathew’s
favorites that have been posted on the Facebook page.
Just a week after photographer Gaylon Mathews created a Facebook page dedicated to sharing photos of Pickens County history, the group had already attracted over 4,300 members who had made over 95,000 posts/comments/reactions.
In the first post on “Photos of Pickens County Georgia,” created April 7, 2019, Mathews outlines the page’s goal: to “share photos of businesses, industry, churches, cemeteries, abandoned structures, old home places, attractions, waterfalls, lakes and ponds, wildlife street photos, people, sports, incidents, newsworthy events, farms, and so on.”