By William Young
Feeding rope through my rappel rack, I back closer to the edge. I glance over my shoulder at rushing water as it begins its 729 foot cascade to a pool far below.
Amicalola Falls, one of north Georgia’s most beautiful spots, is besieged by a multitude of visitors. Only a small percentage of those are thoughtless enough to leave trash behind. But it mounts up. Some of that trash enters the stream, ending up on the falls or below. Some of the trash is found near the trail or the stairs.
Georgia, GA, July 5- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.12/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.26/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver
The Georgia First Amendment Foundation, the Atlanta Press Club, Georgia Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Georgia Press Association want all charges dropped against a Fannin newspaper publisher and his attorney, with Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver accused of jailing them over open records requests.
On Friday, June 24th, Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason and his attorney Russell Stookey were arrested and charged with attempted identity fraud, identity fraud and making a false statement. The two men were jailed and released on $10,000 bond to await trial.
See full story in this week's print or online edition.
Angela Reinhardt / Photo
Randy and Jessica Casey, with sons Trey, 2, and Zachary, 15, in front of their new home in New Hope Acres.
Earlier this year the Caseys were living with parents in Hinton, but after taking a leap of faith and applying for a Pickens County Habitat for Humanity house, the family is in their own home in the New Hope Acres community.
“We just felt like if we applied God might be willing to help us get approved,” said Randy Casey, who along with wife Jessica and their sons were presented with keys to their new home at a Sunday dedication ceremony.
Free Herbs from nature
By Crystal Merrell
Free stuff is great. Everybody knows that. Backroad blackberries gathered on a hot summer morning taste better than those bought at the store. Squash and cucumbers gifted from your aunt’s overflowing garden come with a heaping helping of love on the side. And my favorite - free and plentiful wild local herbs. It is like your birthday combined with a scavenger hunt! You get the free gift of the herbs AND the joy and experience of the hunt and gather.