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Tater Patch Players 2017 season opens with plays, auditions, and children's theater



Taming of the Shrew opens this week - Gremio (Steve Lewis), woos Bianca (Emily Trossarello) as Lucentio (Kenneth Farmer) and Hortensio (Tony Grienger) also fight for her attention.


By Nan Nawrocki


Tater Patch opens its exciting 2017 season this Friday with a classic comedy from Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew. There will be laughter, romance, disguises and tomfoolery  on the stage. Besides the talents of the actors to amuse your ears, set designer Bob Countryman and costume designer Audrey Kirsten have created a vivid tapestry of onstage color to delight the eyes.

Performance dates are March 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.  Tickets are available now on line at March 2 will be Share Night, our final dress rehearsal. If you would like to see the show but can't buy a ticket, come this evening and bring a bag of non-perishable food or toiletry items for CARES and share our entertainment.   

You can find the theater at 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper.  If you have a group, or any questions, call us at 706-253-2800 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

As soon as  "The Shrew" has gotten underway, more auditions will be held for May's Inherit the Wind. Auditions will be by reading from the script and will take place March 5 from 1-3 p.m. and March 6 from 6-8 p.m..  You need only attend one, but may try out on both days if you like. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. 

This is an award-winning drama, based in the historic "Scopes Trial." The story concerns much more than the issue of teaching creationism that is on the surface. Freedom of thought is on trial, seasoned with an underlying contrast of city vs. rural principles. Auditions were held recently for some of the larger roles, but there are still almost 20 roles to be cast. Most are for men, some are moderate in size, some with only one or two lines. If you have been wanting to try out acting, these roles are an ideal starting place and the director encourages you to try out.  

On May 31 and June 1 and 2, in the mornings, Tater Patch will have a three-day youth workshop on many aspect of acting. At the end of the workshop, on June 2 and 4, auditions will be held for the summer Youth Theater Production "Charlotte's Web". Mark your calendars and look for upcoming information on these activities for the young people of our community.

Rep. Tom Graves Proposes Cyber Self Defense Bill


     Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today proposed the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC). The bill makes changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to allow the use of limited defensive measures that exceed the boundaries of one’s network in an attempt to identify and stop attackers. Once a cybercriminal is identified, the victim can share that information with law enforcement or try to disrupt an ongoing attack.

Concerned citizen’s call allows deputies to capture another convenience store burglar

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(Related story - Jasper Police still looking for lottery ticket burglar from convenience store.)      On March 1, 2017 at approximately 3:00 am, a witness around Faz Corner convenience store in Marble Hill Georgia called 911 to report very suspicious noises coming from the area of the store. The caller stated that they could here loud construction like noises coming from the rear of the store. The caller also stated that a dark passenger car had stopped multiple times near the store and then pulled away.
      Deputies then responded and found that the rear of the building had been cut open with some form of saw and the power had been turned off. While back up deputies were responding, a vehicle matching the description given was spotted traveling West on Hwy 53. The deputy performed an investigative traffic stop along with back up. After an initial investigation, Tecorey Johnson (27 year old, black male from Columbus Georgia) was placed under arrest for Possession of Burglary Tools, Criminal Trespass, and Criminal Attempt to Commit Burglary.
       Deputies on the scene also found foot tracks that led into the woods and a K9 track was conducted. During the track, deputies and detectives located clothes that appeared to have been removed while fleeing, but the second offender was not located.
      Mr. Johnson was then transported to the Pickens County Adult Detention Center, where he remains.
      Detectives are continuing to work hard to complete their investigation now and due to the active nature of the investigation, no additional details can be released at this time.
      We would like to thank the caller for notifying us when things were out of the normal. Because of this concerned citizen, another crime was prevented.

Three stores burglarized overnight

   Jasper Police are investigating burglaries at three separate locations that occurred after business hours between Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 2.

   Nails & Spa 4 U and Mellow Mist vape shop, both located in the retail strip on Mountainside Village Parkway off Highway 515 next to Rocco’s Pub, and Dunn’s North convenience store off Highway 515, were all broken into in a similar manner. Sgt. Matt Dawkins with Jasper Police said the doors were popped open with a crow bar, but no glass was broken. None of the businesses were open at the time of the break-ins.

   According to Sgt. Dawkins, beer and cigarettes were stolen from Dunn’s North, and an undisclosed amount of cash from the nail salon. Nothing was stolen from the vape store.

2017 Business Directory out now



Each year the Progress releases a directory of local businesses as a fantasitc resources for everything from accounting offices to wineries in the Pickens County area. The 2017 Business Directory is out now. Follow this link for a digital version or pick up a copy of this week's print edition for a hard copy you can keep at home for a quick reference.