Part I of a three-part series about the iconic Summer of '69 on its 50 year anniversary.
By Larry Cavender
It was the dawning of the "Age of Aquarius"!
At least, that was the promise proclaimed in the words of a song topping the charts 50 years ago.
The song, "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In," had been number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for eight consecutive weeks, finally dropping from the top spot on June 3rd, 1969. The lyrics of the song by the popular singing group, the Fifth Dimension, declared the Age of Aquarius would begin, "When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will rule the planets, and love will steer the stars."
See Part I in this week's edition, followed by Parts II and III in the next two editions.
Large, thick bamboo patches like this one on Highway 53 East can be found all over the county. We spoke with a former County Agent and a Master Gardener to get some insight about how these non-native plants got here.
State Rep. Rick Jasperse, Pickens’ County Agent for over three decades, moved here in the early 1980s and became curious about something that’s raised my eyebrows, too – giant patches of bamboo, some 30 or 40 feet high, that dot seemingly random spots across the county. All those years ago, Jasperse took it upon himself to figure out how the towering plant made its way to Pickens, so he went to the best resource he could think of – “the old timers.”
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CON-GRAD-ULATIONS - Pickens High senior Zach Goss and Athletic Director Chris Parker celebrate during last Saturday’s graduation ceremony.
Reports indicate that first responders treated eight people at the Pickens High graduation Saturday morning, transporting two to the hospital.
Of these, six were due to heat, one was a seizure, and one was a child with a stomach issue.
Fire and EMS Director Sloan Elrod said it wasn’t that hot this year compared to other days last week and previous graduations, but “the air in the stadium just wasn’t moving.”
While it may seem like eight people requiring emergency medical help during a high school graduation is unusual, Elrod said it was actually a light year. Last year six people were transported from the high school to the hospital for heat
This banner was the talk of the town after it appeared at The Shops of Jasper on East Church Street, the same strip mall where the VA has plans to open later this year.
It didn’t take long for residents to start making calls to city and county leaders, as well as this newspaper, on Wednesday, May 29 after a banner appeared at The Shops of Jasper on East Church Street. The sign read “Adult Entertainment Coming Soon!”
The calls were from residents who were either upset and concerned – or curious and excited – about the possibility of an “adult entertainment” establishment locating in Jasper.
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