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Meth trafficking arrest at Riverstone subdivision


A Riverstone Way woman, Nichole Kendall faces drug trafficking charges.

A 39-year-old woman was arrested January 5 for trafficking methamphetamine from her home in the Riverstone subdivision, an area not associated with drugs or crime, according to information released last week.

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The future of this area: growth, taxes and government plans


By Gary Pichon, former Dawson Commissioner 

I read a piece in the paper the other day that was trying to imagine the future of the area and what might happen that could improve the lives of its citizens.  

About 30 years ago I moved up here to Pickens because I liked the place and the people and their ways. I still do and I can just about live anywhere in the country that I want to.  It suits me just fine.  

Now, my wife and I live right on the county line and our house is just inside Dawson County.  I was privileged to serve eight years as a county commissioner in Dawson County and I think I did more good than harm, maybe.  

Ga. Supreme Court releases opinions: members of rap group convicted of murder


     The Supreme Court of Georgia is today releasing 13 opinions, 10 of which involve murder convictions. In addition, there are three lawyer disciplinary opinions.

      In today’s opinions, the high court has upheld murder convictions and life prison sentences for:

  * Ramel Brown (Fulton)                                     BROWN V. THE STATE (S16A1530)

 * James English (Dodge Co.)                                    ENGLISH V. THE STATE (S16A1754)

 * Gregory Joseph Johnson (Mitchell Co.)            JOHNSON V. THE STATE (S16A1649)

Graves applauds Trump for advancing Keystone Pipeline


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order advancing the Keystone XL Pipeline:


“I applaud President Trump for advancing the Keystone XL Pipeline, which Republicans in Congress pushed the Obama administration to approve for years. Construction of the pipeline will support more than 40,000 jobs and add billions of dollars to our economy. It was subject to five safety and environmental reviews by the State Department, and is even supported by labor unions. This action will make a real difference to all of the Americans who will have the opportunity to work and support their families as a result of this pipeline.”

According to the State Department, construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will support approximately 42,100 jobs and roughly $2 billion in earnings throughout the country.


Former Ga. governor tapped for nation's Ag. Secretary

State Republicans congratulate Sonny Perdue

(Atlanta, GA) - Last night, President-elect Donald J. Trump tapped former Georgia Government Sonny Perdue to serve as the country's next Secretary of Agriculture. In response, the Georgia Republican Party issued the following statement: 

"Sonny Perdue is committed to our farmers, small business owners, and rural communities," said Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett.  "While in office, Gov. Perdue worked tirelessly to strengthen Georgia's economy by supporting our agriculture industry. I have the utmost confidence that his experience as a veterinarian, lawmaker, chief executive, and agribusiness giant will serve him well as he leads the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We are so proud of Sonny and wish him all the best as he takes on this important role in the Trump Administration." 

Governor Sonny Perdue is the second Georgian tapped to serve in President-elect Trump's cabinet. In November, Congressman Tom Price (GA-6) was appointed by Trump as Secretary of Health and Human Services.