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Board ponders middle school’s fate

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      The future of Jasper Middle School, formerly Pickens High, is up in the air after the school board recently voted to “phase out” the campus.    

     A unanimous vote by the school board at a called meeting Thursday could mark the beginning of the end for the Jasper Middle School building, which school officials say is overcrowded and in such poor condition renovations aren’t worthwhile.  

Water park resort deal still afloat

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     A water park project proposed in Peachtree City, Ga. has no direct bearing on the Port Royal water park long in the works for Pickens County, according to local officials.

     Water park plans presented earlier this year by Great Wolf Lodge call for the conversion of a 38-acre tract with existing buildings into a water park and connected hotel in Fayette County.

Ga. Supreme Court rules crude online comments not stalking

Georgia high court also rules in case involving Atlanta rapper "Lil Phat"

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SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS

Published Friday, March 27, 2015

 

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at www.gasupreme.us .

 

CHAN V. ELLIS (S14A1652)

            Under an opinion today by the state Supreme Court, a man with a website has won his appeal of a Muscogee County court ruling that granted a Permanent Stalking Protective Order to a woman who sued him over negative postings about her that appeared on his website.

            In today’s opinion, written by Justice Keith Blackwell, the high court has reversed the lower court’s ruling, finding that although the postings may have been “distasteful and crude,” they did not constitute stalking under the law.

According to the facts of the case, Matthew Chan runs a website called ExtortionLetterInfo.com, which posts commentary he and others write criticizing people he believes go overboard in their enforcement of copyright laws. Linda Ellis is a poet, and she has been the subject of nearly 2,000 posts on Chan’s website.

Racoon tests positive for rabies

 

Protecting dogs and cats protects your family, says rabies officer

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 Bandit, the one-year-old Golden Retriever pictured at right with owner Chandler Harrington, was attacked by a rabid racoon near their home on Fitts Road. Fortunately, Bandit was up to date on his rabies vaccine and posed no threat to the Harrington family or other animals. Pickens’ rabies control officer says it’s crucial to have your pets vaccinated. 

       The first case of rabies for the year has been reported after a raccoon tested positive last week.

Pickens’ rabies control officer Jan Stephens says the incident should act as a warning for pet owners to keep their animals’ vaccinations current. 

Gov. Deal instructs agencies to prepare for medical cannabis law

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From the Office of the Governor

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed an executive order directing state agencies to begin preparations for enactment of H.B. 1, legislation that will allow the use of cannabis oil for eight medical conditions. Deal will sign the bill after the session to ensure that no conflicts arise with other pieces of legislation.

 

“This executive order is the first step in bringing home families who’ve sought relief elsewhere and for providing new medical solutions for Georgians suffering from debilitating conditions,” Deal said. “I’ve instructed the Georgia Composite Medical Board and the Department of Public Health to begin taking immediate steps ahead of this law’s enactment. At the same time, law enforcement, health care providers and other stakeholders should make appropriate preparations.