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Half-naked man Tasered after ruckus at QuikTrip

    A wild scene unfolded early Sunday morning at the Jasper QuikTrip when a Dawsonville man took off his pants in the bathroom, threw food at employees, tossed merchandise into the aisles and knocked over kitchen equipment.
    The incident report notes that deputies used Tasers on the man twice before they could secure him, after he had jumped the fence in front of the store and raised concerns the half-nude perpetrator might dash into the four-lane.
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Bluegrass Festival will bring top bands here


By Suellen Reitz

True Bluegrass fans are anxiously awaiting the upcoming Bluegrass Charity Festival to be held here in Jasper on Mother’s Day weekend, May 8-10. Why?   Because this is anticipated to be one of the largest bluegrass gatherings in North Georgia, featuring some of the best bluegrass musicians known from the southeast. With only 6 weeks until show-time, we want to help those new to the bluegrass genre get to know our bands and the music they love to perform. 

This week, we meet one of the oldest continuing performing bluegrass bands from Georgia, Bullsboro. Now in their 44th year of plucking the strings, Bullsboro started as a bunch of young guys in Newnan Georgia under the name of  L&P Express. When members learned their home town of Newnan had originally been named Bullsboro, they changed the band’s name to Bullsboro Bluegrass Band, later shortening it to simply Bullsboro.

Man burned trying to save horses

Five horses die in blaze

     A Tuesday morning blaze at  the expansive Brandreth Farms in West Pickens burned one horse owner and took the lives of several horses housed in the barn/arena.   
    Around 9:30 a.m. March 17, crews were still on the scene of the Hamrick Road fire that started earlier that morning.


Deaths of wife, husband three days apart prompts investigation



       The death of a Marble Hill woman on March 10th at her home, followed by the death of her husband three days later in a parked car from some type of medical distress has prompted investigations by the sheriff’s office and GBI.

Lt. Kris Stancil confirmed they were awaiting autopsy and toxicology reports. 

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Mullett completes death race

68 miles, 40,000 feet of elevation change



    Sean Mullett runs in the fog Saturday at the Georgia Death Race, a 68-mile ultra marathon that stretched from Amicalola Falls to Vogel State Park. The race is touted as the toughest race east of the Rockies. Mullett completed it in 17 hours.

    Last Saturday, Sean Mullett was one of 210 people who ran 68 miles over some of the South’s steepest terrain, climbing and descending 40,000 feet as part of the aptly named Georgia Death Race.
    Starting at 8 a.m. and finishing 17 hours later, Mullett, the plant manager at Huber, completed the ultra marathon, a feet  not all who started can claim.