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Hill City teacher battles cancer with a smile


    Ashley Cagle is recovering well after her mastectomy.

    You wouldn’t expect a woman who just had one of her breasts surgically removed to be all smiles and laughs.
    But that’s exactly how Hill City Elementary first grade teacher Ashley Cagle was this past Monday, just a few weeks after undergoing a mastectomy to remove an invasive lobular carcinoma.

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A look at Keesee Box Company

Native American woman owned Jasper company sets $1.2 million sales goal

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    Last year the Keesee Box Company – located in a warehouse off of Confederate Avenue in Jasper - produced nearly $1 million worth of boxes, with a goal to bump that figure up to $1.2 million for 2014.
    But rewind back to 2001 and you’d find owner Loye Keesee and her friend Bob Nosworthy with box cutters and rulers in hand, running the fledgling operation out of the kitchen in his Alpharetta apartment.

Legislature enters final week of session with many issues undecided






 By Pam O’Dell

Capitol Reporter



 Thursday, March 20th is the last day of the state legislative session. The 40th final day will likely end at midnight as many bills compete to pass both the Senate and House or ‘die’ for the year.

School board challengers introduced


School board candidates spoke at this month's Pickens GOP meeting.

     Candidates in the two contested school board seats made their first public appearance at the Pickens GOP meeting last week.
    Each local candidate was allowed five minutes.
    These races will appear on the upcoming May ballot. To vote in the Republican race voters must select a Republican ballot.