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Rep. Tom Graves Meets with Northwest Georgia Leaders to Discuss Economic Development


Rep. Tom Graves meets with Northwest Georgia leaders

in Washington, D.C., October 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) met with Northwest Georgia leaders in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss their work promoting economic development in the region, specifically strengthening the flooring industry. Georgia Tech’s economic development arm, the Enterprise Innovation Institute, along with the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, helped organize the group of leaders and facilitate their efforts.

Halloween activities start Friday in Ball Ground


By Larry Cavender

"Kids will have an opportunity to sport their Halloween costumes an extra night," says Karla Weaver of the Ball Ground Main Street Association. "In addition to Halloween night itself, they can show off their costumes the night before Halloween at our "Spooktacular Evening in the Park." The City of Ball Ground is sponsoring the event which will be open to all children.

The Spooktacular Evening will be held on Friday, October 30, 2015 and will begin at 4 p.m. and continue until 9 p. m. with a number of events scheduled including a costume parade set for 5:30, a costume contest at 6 p.m. (for kids  5 to 13) , and the announcement of the winners of the downtown scarecrow contest to take place at 6:30. The scarecrow contest is being sponsored by the Ball Ground Elementary School PTA. In addition, a movie, Hotel Transylvania, will get underway at 7.

The Spooktacular Evening, according to Weaver, is a "trick or treat" event with plenty of free candy for the children. In addition, a number of local associations and businesses will have booths offering crafts, games, and other activities for those in attendance.

Weaver emphasized the event is open to all children and she encouraged children from surrounding communities to attend as well.


Boys & Girls Club building could be finished by spring

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    Michelle Brackin and Don Russell at the bus drop-off of the Boys & Girls Club now under construction at Roper Park. More funds are needed to have it ready for kids by spring.

    It’s only when you actually visit the worksite for the new Boys & Girls Clubs building that you realize exactly how big this project is. Even the 20,000 square foot description doesn’t convey the magnitude of this project, now well underway behind the recreation center in Roper Park.

Murder and mutilation shocks community, 1940

Pickens' Most Heinous Crime Revisited

    Juanita Jones was said to be "one of the most beautiful and most popular girls" at Tate High School. The 15-year-old was murdered by her husband less than six months after her marriage to J. M. Carney, pictured at top.

By Larry Cavender
Contributing writer 

   Seventy-five years ago this week, Pickens County citizens were stunned by what many people believe to be the most heinous crime ever committed in the county. The murder of a pregnant fifteen-

Pickens native hired as first DOE economic development liaison


Ga. DOE press release
    In an effort to continue building relationships with business and industry and provide relevant career education in Georgia’s schools, the State Board of Education last week approved State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ recommendation to hire an Economic Development Liaison position at the Georgia Department of Education, within the Career, Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE) division.