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West Pickens gun burglars behind bars



A Tunnel Hill couple, arrested in Gordon County, is thought to have been responsible for up to six west Pickens burglaries that came in a rash during late October.

The couple, Daniel Laster, 38, and his wife Lacresha, 24, were arrested in Gordon County and found with jewelry that was identified by one of the victims here. Gordon and Pickens detectives were aware that burglars using the same methods were operating in both counties and were sharing information on the case.

Yamaha demo event at Talking Rock Arena

Test drive new models, meet pro rider Jason Raines

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  The YZ250F, above, is one of 12 bikes in the new 2016 Yamaha off-road line that will be available to test drive at the Yamaha Off-Road Demo event on November 21st and 22nd at Talking Rock Arena. 


Dirt bike enthusiasts will want to save the date for the weekend before Thanksgiving, when they will be able test drive brand new Yamaha dirt bikes at an off-road park in Talking Rock and meet six-time AHA National Champion Jason Raines.

Bent Tree artist’s photoshopped wedding portrait goes viral


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    A local graphic artist designed this photoshopped picture of a family on their wedding day in October. The picture includes the image of the couple’s son Lake, age 8, who died of leukemia earlier this year.

     With over 20 million hits and trending #1 on Facebook for a few hours last week, Bent Tree resident Paul Woodward’s photoshop creation has touched the hearts of the nation.
    Woodward, a 63-year-old graphic artist and owner of Royale Graphic Design, was asked to come up with an idea to photoshop a family’s recently-deceased child into their wedding photo.

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Veterans Day ceremony draws large crowd


  The Veterans Day events enjoyed perfect weather and good attendance this afternoon. Several hundred participants filled the bleachers and spilled into the lawn at Lee Newton Park for the ceremony, which included patriotic music from the PHS Band and Chorus, keynote speaker Steven L. Arnold, a retired U.S. Lieutenant General who has been inducted in the Army Ranger Hall of Fame, taps and a poignant reading of the names of Pickens fallen soldiers. The main stage ceremony was followed by a groundbreaking for the Veterans Memorial Park.

New principal hired for Jasper Elementary


     Jasper, Georgia — The Pickens County School District announces the hiring of Dr. David Wilds as Principal for
Jasper Elementary School.
     Dr. David Wilds is a native of Statesboro, Georgia but has called Houston County home since 2005. He has
served as an Assistant Principal of Instruction at Lake Joy Primary School in Warner Robbins, Georgia, a very
high performing elementary school. Dr. Wilds earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and a Master of
Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University. He received an Education Specialist in Educational