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Ball Ground woman denies murder charge


     According to the attorney of the Ball Ground woman charged with murdering her father and living with his decaying body for days, the suspect, 45-year-old Andrea Blanton, “strongly denies” the allegation. See this week's print or online edition for comments from Blanton's attorney.

Health & Wellness guide available online






Be sure to check out this week's print edition for our special Helath & Wellness insert where you'll find informative articles from local heathcare providers. Read about cancer detection, diabetes, protecting yourself from stroke, the dangers of tanning and much more.

This special publication is available for free at our e-edition website. Follow link


Local response to Nelson lawsuit over gun ownership


By Ralph Dennis,
Nelson Correspondent
    A lawsuit was filed in the District Federal Court in Gainesville, Ga. on May 16 by the Washington D.C.-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence over the city of Nelson’s ordinance requiring all households maintain a firearm.
    The lawsuit filed against the city and the council members on behalf of several of the Brady Center members seeks a ruling that this ordinance is unconstitutional and seeks a permanent injunction against its enforcement.

     See this week's print or online editions for local response from councilmembers and one resident who was contacted by the Brady Center.

In response to Okla. tornado, chief stresses preparedness


    The Roper Park siren, along with all other tornado sirens in the county, are tested the first Wednesday of each month at noon. Tornado sirens go off when a tornado warning is issued or if a storm is capable of producing 80 m.p.h.+ winds.

     In an effort to improve severe weather warnings for Pickens residents utilizing outdoor facilities at Roper Park, the county has recently installed a new grant-funded tornado siren near the covered picnic area.
    Pickens County Chief Bob Howard says  warnings such as sirens and the CodeRED phone system are instrumental to public safety, and in light of the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla. on Monday he stresses the importance of preparedness for  severe weather events. 

Need a job? Learn how to get one at next week's event

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    If you’re in the market for a new job but could use some help when it comes to crafting a resume or giving an impressive interview, you’ll want to attend Pickens Family Connection’s first Job Readiness Event next Friday, May 31.
     Pickens Family Connection, in conjunction with numerous other agencies, is offering the local community of job seekers a chance to learn, for free, how to set themselves apart from other candidates in the changing job market.