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Nunsense opens this week


By Nan Nawrocki of the Tater Patch Players
     Over the past few weeks, we have introduced you to the directors and actors who have been rehearsing so hard to bring Nunsense to our Tater Patch Players stage.  Now you will have a chance to come, laugh and fall in love with these crazy sisters.  The Little Sisters of Hoboken are having a hard time.  Most of their order was killed by some bad vichyssoise, prepared by their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God.  They were able to bury most of them in a respectful way.  However, the money has run out (for reasons that will be apparent early in the show) and there are still four nuns in the freezer of the convent kitchen.  This is not going to make the health inspector happy.  What can they do?  Well, how about a fundraiser talent show? 
    You will learn how successful (or not) the remaining sisters are. Led by the domineering Reverend Mother Mary Regina (Pat Northcutt), the sisters are about to "strut their stuff".  They are a small group of eager performers.  Eager, not necessarily talented.  Sister Mary Hubert (Marcia Wright) is the long-suffering "sidekick".   She generously tries to make it all run smoothly, while quietly fuming at always being second-in-command -- and at being given the name of Hubert when she took her vows.  "Hubert!" she says, with a huge eye-roll.  The other three sisters don't make her life very easy.  The novice, Sister Mary Leo, wants to help save the world through her ability to dance.  The fact that she doesn't really have any ability is not going to stop this eager, naïve lady.  Sister Robert Anne (Vanessa Stancil)  has had a hard-knock past that shouldn't be looked  at too closely.  She constant  plays the "class clown", but she's really a star who's trying to shine.  And she reveals, in a  marvelous song, what being a nun really means to her.   And then there's Sister Mary Amnesia (Jennie Hutto Smith).  Her memory is gone, as the result of a bizarre accident.  But she's bubbly and eager-to-please.  Her lack of memory seems to keep getting her into trouble, but she keeps bouncing back.  The audience will get to know her very well during an audience-participation quiz she hosts for the fundraiser.
    Sister Mary Carlene, at the keyboard, is really Carlene Archer, the music director of this show.  She has melded together five great voices into a musical treat for the ears.  Director Audrey Kirsten-Lewis, assisted by Patrick Hall, have helped the actors develop strong and likable characters with whom you'll really enjoy spending an evening.  Tater Patch Players invites its friends who might not be able to afford a ticket price right now to watch the dress rehearsal of Nunsense on July 16 at 7:30 p.m.  They call this Share night because in return for a great evening's entertainment, they ask the attendees to share a bag of non-perishable food or toiletry items for the CARES Food Pantry.  These "shares" can be brought to the lobby of the theater, at 95 Philadelphia Lane, on Share night.
    Tickets are $15 for adults and $14 for seniors and students.  The performance dates are July 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 31 and August 1 and 2. The two Sunday shows are 2 p.m. matinees and the rest are at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be bought in advance online at  The box office opens for in-person sales one hour before each performance.  If patrons have questions or problems, please call 706-253-2800 and leave a message or email the troupe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New park the ‘deal of the century’ for Pickens County

park-map      The 211-acre park on Highway 515 will be ready for hiking and birding visitors shortly with plans for disc golf and mountain biking in the works.

     Without much advanced notice, the 211-acre Talking Rock Nature Preserve has come into being on the west side of Highway 515 at the Pickens/Gilmer line.
    The Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (STPAL) bought the property and established permanent protective deeds for it and, following three years of work, is ready to welcome the public. Present plans call for half the property to be used as a disc (Frisbee) golf course and half for mountain biking trails, with birding throughout the area.

     Find out more about the Talking Rock Nature Preserve in this week's print or online editions.

Supreme court rules use of home for venue in violation of zoning


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School athletics study ordered / Tate update

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Damon Howell / Photo
    Workers install a marble facade on Tate Elementary School’s addition Monday. The marble was mined very near the site where the  original stone for the historic school originated to ensure a close match using maps kept by the Ga. Marble Company.

At last week’s meeting, school board members requested a committee be formed to look at all aspects of the athletics program – and they want it done fast.
    Board member Delane Lewis read a statement following a long executive session instructing Superintendent Lula Mae Perry, “Establish a committee to study effective leadership of athletics at our middle schools and high school and specific recommendations for change with a timeline of three weeks.”
See more about the athletics study and progress at the Tate Elementary campus in this week's print or online editions.

Shots fired at RaceTrac in wild early morning scene


 The rear window of this car was shot out in an early morning altercation at the RaceTrac. Photo/Jessica Fowler

 An updated version of this story "Road Rage leads to gunshots" is available at our e-edition and in this week's print edition, on sale now.

   A wild early morning scene unfolded at Racetrac Tuesday when the driver of a maroon Lexus fired several shots from a shotgun at another vehicle carrying an infant among the passengers.

   Amazingly, no one was injured and investigators have already identified the suspect.

   One witness at the gas pumps, Jessica Fowler, told the Progress she saw the cars chase each other around the busy convenience store parking lot while the driver in the Lexus, an older male, had a gun out the window. The driver fired at the vehicle whose passengers included two men, one woman and an infant.