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Pickens County, show us your Irish

SAA to host St. Patty's Day costume contest for kids
A portion of proceeds will go to Pickens Animal Shelter



Submitted by Linda Barnes
Sharptop Arts Publicity
    St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated Saturday, March 15, from 10-to noon at Sharptop Arts Association, 68 D.B. Carroll St., Jasper, just around the corner from Stearns Bank. This celebration promises to bring The Luck of the Irish to all who participate so get your O’fficial Participation Form in early and be ready to dance a jig on
 D.B. Carroll Street!

Abbott shows no remorse for in-law slayings, says ex-wife


Ben Thomas Abbott

Reprinted courtesy of
Ellijay Times Courier
by Mark Millican
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[This is the second of two-parts.]
    The ex-wife of an Ellijay man accused of the murders of her parents said last week he has shown “no remorse and no repentance” for the crimes.

For the rest of this story see this week's print or online editions.
Part 1 of this story was in the previous edition of the Pickens Progress and the Ellijay Times Courier. You can access it at at the e-edition link.



Chronology of other stories:

 Two Dead in Home Invasion-- February 9, 2011

Son in Law Arrested in Double Murder Wednesday --   February 9, 2011

Son in Law confessed to GBI agent in double murder case, according to first court hearing-- February 11, 2011

Death Penalty Sought for Ben Thomas Abbott -- June, 15, 2011 print edition for full story 

Abbott pleads not guilty to in-laws’ murder September 2011

Abbott shows no remorse -- reprint from Times Courier

Pickens’ working parents rely mostly on family for emergency childcare

HarmonySchoolsign    Harmony Academy owner Mary Murphy said they were open every day during last week’s winter weather, but that drop-ins dropped off to zero on the snowiest days.

    Snow days are really fun for kids….but maddening for parents who are left finding alternative childcare methods – which sometimes means missing work or toting bored children to the office.

Bill seeks to limit public mug shots


By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter
    State Representative Bruce Strickland (R-McDonough) authored HB845 in an attempt to restrict access to arrest booking photos. Should the bill become law, it would allow an exception within Georgia’s “Open Records Act,”

Warmer temps a sign of spring to come


 Like bears coming out of hibernation, warm temperatures on Tuesday brought people out of their homes and offices to enjoy the sunshine. Walkers, runners, and these Ultimate Frisbee players were seen at Lee Newton Park just after lunch. Temperatures are expected to remain just below or above

60 degrees through the weekend.