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Justice Delayed: Ben Abbott case


Ben Thomas Abbott, accused of kiling his in-laws Feb. 2011.

Reprinted courtesy of Ellijay Times Courier
by Mark Millican
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    A law enforcement officer who listened to the 911 call of a man who had just been shot said it was horrible “to literally (hear) the life draining out of a man.”

Black ice alert – two wrecks already blamed on ice this evening

wreck at hill city

This wreck at Hill City and another in Talking Rock are being blamed on black ice. Drivers urged to stay off roads, show caution.


Two wrecks have already been reported due to icy conditions this evening, both within an hour of each other after 9 p.m. Thursday.

The first at Highway 515 and Antioch Church Road and the second near Hill City Elementary on Highway 53 West.

Reports from the Pickens sheriff office said there was already a sheet of ice formed at the fourlane wreck site.

No serious injuries were reported at either. Both wrecks were single car accidents. The one at Hill City was a roll-over.

Sheriff Donnie Craig cautions drivers to stay off roadways this evening and show extreme caution through tomorrow morning.


Here are some driving safety tips for winter weather, but for this evening the best bet is to stay off the roads until they have a chance to thaw tomorrow moring.


Driving tips for a Snowpocalypse


The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all but if you must these tips may save your life.


Mega Millions sweetens Valentine’s Day with $139M jackpot

Powerball rolls right into $330M for Saturday’s drawing
ATLANTA – Friday’s $139 million Mega Millions jackpot falls on the most romantic day of the year while Powerball rolls ahead with an estimated $330 million jackpot for Saturday’s drawing.
The excitement for both games continues to grow as Georgians have won large prizes statewide.
Mega Millions has rolled 11 times since Jan. 7.
A winning ticket worth $5,000 was sold in Athens from the Feb. 11 drawing.
Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $139 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $76 million.

More than 600 without power in Pickens


trees with snow



Updated 5 p.m. -- About 300 still without power.


Updated -- As of about 2 p.m. today, 674 Amicalola EMC customers in 25 different areas of Pickens County were without power, according to Amicalola EMC Director of Public Relations Stacey Fields.

There was no estimate of when power to all customes would be restored, but Fields said the number of outages had decreased in the last hour.

“Trees already heavy with ice, weighted down by more snow this morning [caused the lines to go down,” Fields stated. “Outages rose steadily after 3:30 a.m until about 1 p.m. today. As we restore some areas, other areas go out.”

You can see information on outages at the Amicalola EMC webite.