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Have you seen Hill City's dancing beer bandit?

 

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Click on the image above to view the video.

         This surveillance video from the BP gas station on Highway 53 West in Hill City captures footage of a man stealing beer from the store midday Thursday, Oct. 3 – and apparently having a good time while doing it.

 

         The video shows a white male wearing white shorts and a blue t-shirt appearing to stalk the beer case and doing dance moves as he pockets three 16 oz. cans of Budweiser, which were reported as missing in the sheriff's report. 

 

         It is unclear at this time if the dancing was meant to be a distraction from the shoplifting.  According to one of the gas station’s clerk no music was playing in the store at the time of the incident.          

 

         The store owner filed an report with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Hill City’s dancing beer bandit please contact the sheriff’s office at 706-253-8900.  

 

Moonshine making a comeback

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Above, some of the more upscale drinks now made with white lightning at 

Buckhead’s Stillhouse Moonshine and Burger Bar.

 

Moonshine - the once taboo spirit  found in cabins deep in the Appalachian mountains far away from the long arm of the law - is now making its way  into mainstream drinking thanks to specialty restaurants and legal distilleries right here in Georgia.    
    Recently the Progress was invited to a trendy Buckhead restaurant whose niche is moonshine drinks and craft burgers. When we sat down for the media dinner at Stillhouse Moonshine & Burger Bar, my husband looked around the restaurant and said, “This is a southern man’s dream: burgers, moonshine and big-screen TVs.”
   

Food Stamp benefits to be reduced on November 1

Congress’ failure to pass a Farm Bill leaves recipients with no benefits after Oct. 31

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By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter

    Halloween may be a lot scarier for the 20 percent of Georgians who experience food insecurity.
    A Nov. 1 reduction in benefits, and the uncertainty as to whether the federally funded program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be funded at all beyond October, is frightening prospect to low income people and those that serve them.

 

Pickens SAT scores beat state average, below national

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By Eileen Steinhauer
Progress contributor

    Recently released statewide SAT scores show Pickens County students, on average, scored higher than the Georgia state average and they earned higher SAT scores in 2013 than in 2012.
    According to the Georgia Department of Education, in the spring of 2013 Georgia students from across the state earned an average SAT score of 1452 out of a possible 2400.  Pickens County students earned a 1475 average SAT score, which was 23 points higher than the state average. The local test-takers also beat last year’s average for Pickens County by 22 points.

 

Newspapers are still the cornerstone of democracy

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National Newspaper Week is Oct. 6 - Oct. 12

By Caroline H. Little
President and CEO,
Newspaper Association of America

    We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now.
    It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming rather than dying. Of course, there are always bumps in the road to innovation, but as it turns out, we’re actually in the midst of a promising and exciting time.