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Hungry children to be fed this summer

 MUST ministries still needs sack lunches & volunteers 

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Want to help hungry kids? MUST Ministries is still looking for lunches and volunteers for their summer program. Contact the Pickens/Cherokee coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Submitted by Kaye Cagle

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

 

With 2,000 children on the free and reduced school lunch rolls in Pickens County, the area is vastly underserved during the summer when children are hungry. To help remedy this problem, MUST Ministries is coordinating an effort to feed the children for the third summer in a row.

Former Jasper resident recalls being shot down over Pearl Harbor

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Roy Reid shortly before his 90th birthday with a B-17 Flying Fortress in the background.  (Inset) Twenty-year-old Second Lieutenant Roy Reid at the beginning of World War II.

 

By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer

 

It was a beautiful early Sunday morning, blue skies and clear flying. As a copilot of a plane headed to a tropical island, he was looking forward to some down time. Maybe he'd soak up some sun on a beach and swim in the surf.  Maybe he'd just stroll through town, see the sights, and do some shopping. Maybe, he'd go to a club and listen to some music. Swing music was popular, and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" by Glenn Miller was the number one hit in the nation. It was early December, less than three weeks 'til Christmas, and all seemed right in his world.

DOT begins asphalt repair work on Hwy . 53

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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. Visitwww.dot.ga.gov/DS/SafetyOperation/DAAA. #ArriveAliveGA.  For more information about Georgia DOT, visit www.dot.ga.gov.   For information on the Department of Transportation, visit http://www.dot.ga.gov.  You also may follow us on (www.facebook.com/GeorgiaDOT-Northwestand Twitter(https://twitter.com/GDOTNW).

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.

 

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

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SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS

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 www.gasupreme.us .

 

TAYLOR V. THE STATE (S15A0612) AND BESSENT V. THE STATE (S15A0613)

            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.