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Dog comments have public howling

Commissioner Jones says he was misrepresented
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Above, Forrester, a pit bull at the Pickens County Animal Shelter who was recently adopted to Bartow County.

    Comments made by the commission chair over adoption policies for pit bulls, German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers has created an uproar among dog lovers and confusion over how the county shelter handles these breeds.   
    Chair Rob Jones is now saying his comments last week were misconstrued and that he was misrepresented on social media, denying that he ordered any euthanizations for those breeds. 
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Steamboats on the north Georgia Rivers


By Alice Chapman Newgen
Contributing writer
    Steamboats were a fairly common mode of transportation in the 1800s traveling up and down rivers that were wide and deep enough to carry them to cities and towns along the riverbanks. Flatboats carried cargo including whiskey, pork, vegetables, and furs to many marketplaces before steamboats became more popular. These flatboats would occasionally transport passengers to various destinations.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grant to local Boys and Girls Club





     The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia received a $3,500 youth literacy grant today.  This grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

Stained glass unveiling at Our Lady of the Mountains on Saturday

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One of the many new stained glass windows at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

By Jean Curran   
    On Saturday, Sept. 10 Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to celebrate the completion of the church’s new stained glass windows. The contract with Beyer Studio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the design and installation of 18 windows and two doors in the church was signed in April, 2014. The last windows were installed August 1-3, 2016, and all were generous gifts from the church’s own

40 Days left to register to vote in November election


ATLANTA, GEORGIA – With forty days left for Georgia citizens to register to vote in the November General Election, Secretary of State Brian Kemp encourages eligible individuals to apply now.

“It has never been easier to register to vote in our state,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “For the first time in Georgia, voters can register to vote or update their information online, via text, or by using my office’s smartphone app.”

Georgia citizens can submit an electronic voter registration application using their Georgia driver’s license number or state-issued identification card number on several platforms: Online Voter Registration (OLVR), the free “GA SOS” mobile app for Apple and Android devices, and the recently announced “2VOTE” text messaging pilot project. Individuals can also mail in hard-copy voter registration applications to their county registrar to register to vote by the deadline on October 11, 2016.