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Work underway at Main Street's "old blue building"

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The “Old Blue NAPA Building” hasn’t been blue in more than a year and hasn’t been a NAPA Auto Parts in a decade. Now the corner building on Main Street has a new owner who plans to renovate the building. Above, workers build a new facade and exterior wall with 100-year-old bricks Friday morning, May 22. 

     For over 10 years the large building at the corner of Main Street and Church Street, arguably downtown’s most conspicuous structure, has sat vacant. 

But mid-morning Tuesday,  the building’s new owner Luke Copeland was inside tending to business with an appraiser. 

Find out what the plans are for the Main Street building in our print or online editions.


DOT begins asphalt repair work on Hwy . 53


JASPER, Ga. - Georgia DOT advises motorists on State Route 53 Business in Pickens County that maintenance crews are set to begin today their work on repairing and deep patching the deteriorating asphalt spots on State Route (SR) 53 in Pickens County.  Work will proceed daily Tuesday, May 19 through Friday, May 21, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and will force a temporary single lane closure. This maintenance operation and the lane closure it necessitates are weather permitting and subject to change.


It is the Georgia DOT policy to repair and maintain Georgia interstates and state highways promptly, efficiently and economically using well-planned activities such as deep patching, proper equipment, and skilled and dedicated employees. Prompt repair of small asphalt pavement defects has significant impacts on reducing maintenance costs. Deep patching which will be used in this maintenance operation is one of the methods Georgia DOT uses to repair deteriorated, settled, cracking and dislodged pavement. The technique is much less expensive than other methods. As used by GDOT, deep patching provides a reasonable measure of roadway repairs and reduces maintenance costs.   


DriveAlert ArriveAlive calls attention to an alarming increase in roadway fatalities across Georgia, many resulting from preventable crashes and distracted driving. DriveAlert ArriveAlive implores motorists to buckle up; stay off the phone and no texting; and drive alert. #ArriveAliveGA.  For more information about Georgia DOT, visit   For information on the Department of Transportation, visit  You also may follow us on ( Twitter(

‘Natural’ Peregrine Falcon nest is first in 80 years

Tallulah Gorge State Park postpones

rock climbing while chicks grow

     TALLULAH FALLS, GA., May 13, 2015  --  For the first time in nearly 80 years, a Peregrine Falcon nest in a natural setting has been spotted in Georgia. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff confirmed  the nest and two chicks at Tallulah Gorge State Park on Monday. The only other known peregrine nests in the state are atop office buildings in Atlanta.

Ga. high court rules on murder cases; nursing home ads



Published Monday, May 11, 2015


Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .



            A young man who is currently in prison under two consecutive life sentences has had his convictions reversed and his sentences thrown out with a decision today by the Supreme Court of Georgia.          

In the unanimous opinion, written by Justice Harold Melton, the high court has reversed the convictions of Abdul Bessent for his role in the 2008 murders of Michael Key and Phyllis Frazier in Camden County, finding that the evidence against Bessent was insufficient to support the verdict. As a result, he cannot be retried.

The story of Ball Ground’s historic Roberts’ house



The Roberts House evolved over the years into the beautiful present day house.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer

For approximately 160 years, the house has stood on a prominent hill overlooking Ball Ground which is entirely appropriate because it is the home of one of the city's founders and most prominent families. The Roberts' House, which was built around 1855, is the only residence in Cherokee County listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been the home of the Roberts family since A. W. Roberts, one of Ball Ground's founding fathers, purchased the house and property around 1887.

Alfred W. Roberts was born in 1844 and served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In 1879, he married Althea Georgia Ann Coggins, whose family was associated with many early business ventures in the Canton, Georgia area. Roberts was a charter citizen of Ball Ground, which was incorporated in 1883, and was a merchant, banker, real estate developer, and cotton broker in the town's early years.

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