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State takes away all ACES children


     All seven children housed in the Appalachian Children’s Emergency Shelter (ACES) in Jasper were removed suddenly Thursday by orders of the DFCS state office.
    The reasons for the Department of Family and Children Services’ removal were not entirely clear to members of the local ACES board of directors.

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A young woman with lots of drive: Emilee Riley sets sights on NASCAR career


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    Emilee Riley isn’t afraid of setting big goals. This Pickens native wants to race with the big dogs at NASCAR. 

At 20, Pickens native Emilee Riley already has seven years of racing in the rearview - from quarter midgets to trucks and now NASCAR’s Late Model Stock Cars – and she’s got lofty dreams of speeding into the big time as a top NASCAR driver.

One step at a time: Hales keeps positive attitude during recovery

“Not once has he been down,” said Sgt. Hales’ wife. “He has a peace that something great will come from this.”
Rick-Hales     Pickens County Sheriff Sgt. Rick Hales and his wife Selina take recovery day by day.

It’s been almost two months to the day that Pickens County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Hales was severely injured in an on-duty accident – but his wife Selina said her husband’s fighting spirit, strong faith and overwhelming support from the community are helping the recovery process move along.

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Catch "Noises Off" through May 1


Remaining shows are April 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.; April 24 and May 1 at 2 p.m. Check for more information


By Pat Northcutt
Tater Patch Players

    Superb  timing, absurd situations and outrageous sight gags dominate this latest Tater Patch production in a season of comedies.
    "Noises Off" starts off innocently enough with a housekeeper answering a phone call and explaining that the home owners are in "Spayn" (Cockney for "Spain"). Unexpectedly she breaks character, the play director yells at her from the audience, and theater patrons realize they are treated to a play within a play.

Execution Date Set for Daniel Anthony Lucas, Convicted of Murder

An execution date for Daniel Anthony Lucas has been set for April 27, 2016. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Daniel Anthony Lucas for the 1998 murder of eleven-year-old Bryan Moss, fifteen-year-old Kristin Moss, and their father Steven Moss.