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Leaf Watch website tracks best fall color in Georgia

Cloudland-Canyon-SP-waterfall  One of the waterfalls at Cloudland Canyon State Park during the fall.

     “When will the leaves change?” is the question park rangers hear most often once cooler temperatures arrive.  Only Mother Nature knows for sure, but peak color in Georgia is usually toward the end of October or early November.  To help leaf peepers find the best scenery, Georgia’s State Parks offer an online “Leaf Watch” travel planner, found at

Veteran honored with gift of Laurel Lake home


      Army Veteran William Hutchinson, right, with his wife, Leslie, and three daughters: Riley, 7; Emma, 5; and Brooklyn, 4. Leslie is a former U.S. Army medic and is a full-time caregiver for her husband Behind them stand Terence Lewis of Portico Properties (far left) and Nelson Mayor Larry Ray.

By Ralph O. Dennis
Contributing writer
     Army veteran, Sgt. William Hutchinson, will be honored and thanked for his service with a new home for his family in Nelson. The home is being built and presented to the family as part of Operation Finally Home.

Two suspects tied to rash of break-ins


     A task force of local law enforcement agents are focusing on the rash of commercial burglaries across Pickens, with at least three more break-ins at businesses reported since the first wave in mid August.
    Several residential burglaries have also been reported.
    Agents from the sheriff’s office and Jasper Police are working together to catch at least two people suspected of regularly breaking into closed businesses taking cash and other valuables.
   See the print or online editions for the rest of the story.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde playing at Tater Patch


Tickets available online for latest Tater Patch production.

By Nan Nawrocki
Tater Patch Players
    This Thursday is the final dress rehearsal for Tater Patch Players' upcoming production and also their "Share Night".  The cast is an interesting mix of new and veteran actors.  They all enjoy their time together, even while they work long hours in memorization and rehearsal.      Steve Lewis says, "Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is proving to be a theatrical stretch. It's a variation from the usual Tater Patch musicals and light comedy.  It is a dark and