In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should be Shot)
By Pat Jewell
Tater Patch Players
Get ready to enjoy a hilarious show with a Christmas theme and something fun for the whole family. Dad and daughter Beth are getting ready to feed the extended family on Christmas Eve. Mom is stuck at the airport trying to get home from Vermont. Aunt Rose and Uncle Leo are bickering. Aunt Bunny is into everything and Uncle Bud is wishing he was somewhere else, while their daughter, Tracy, is just bored with the whole thing. Sound pretty typical so far? So there’s a busybody neighbor, cute blue-hair
The GBI has arrested Arnold Hoyt Griffith, Jr., of Cove Road for murder but few details have been released.
The Pickens sheriff’s office confirmed he was arrested on November 9 and the GBI is continuing to investigate with other arrests possible.
Lt. Kris Stancil said the arrest is not from a recent death.
“This is not a new case, not a recent death,” Stancil said. “The victim is not from this area.”
Stancil said investigators had looked at this before but never had enough information to move forward.
“This is from new information on a previous case,” Stancil said. Stancil said the victim had never been reported missing by family.
The name of the victim has not been released, but Stancil reiterated the male victim is not local. He said they are having trouble notifying family members, which is delaying release of that information.
Stancil said they do not believe this person had ever been reported missing anywhere, but definitely had never been reported missing in this area.
No further information is being released until the GBI has completed more of their investigation.(Book-in photo from Pickens Jail)
Larry Cavender / Photo
Although Old Glory is clearly visible, the distant mountains are only barely visible and the sun struggles to shine through the smoke in this photograph taken last week looking west from the parking lot of Jasper United Methodist Church.
By Larry Cavender
Is Pickens County, as well north Georgia, in the midst of the "Drought of the Century?" When you can count on one hand the number of times it has rained since spring, with an outdoor burning ban in effect and lawns turning brown and fall crops dying, and with a smoky haze engulfing the area from wildfires caused by the extremely dry conditions, most people might answer a resounding, "Yes!"
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By Ralph C. Barker
President Pickens County Ministerial Association
Each Thanksgiving the Pickens County Ministerial Association (PCMA) holds a community-wide Thanksgiving service. This annual nondenominational service is open to everyone in the community. This year's service is scheduled for Tuesday evening, November 22nd at 7 p.m.
This special service will be held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church located on North Main Street in Jasper.
Ben Thebaut has been missing since Oct. 16.
The disappearance of a retired surgeon from the Preserve at Sharp Mountain gated community remains a priority for the sheriff’s office, but the case has gone cold since Ben Thebaut was reported missing October 16th.
Sheriff spokesman Kris Stancil said Monday he is aware that some people are finding it hard to accept that efforts to find the 79-year-old have not produced a single lead, but that is the situation.
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