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Local church holds forum on social media


Mt. Zion Baptist Church Pastor Ben Mock and Pickens County Corporal Chris Leake

Follow this link to read "The Believer's Guide to Facebook" by Rev. Mock

     At a forum Sunday night at Mount Zion Church on the dangers of social media, Corporal Chris Leake with the Pickens Sheriff’s office advised parents to use today’s technology to their advantage, teach kids how to behave civilly on social media sites, and above all never post anything your grandmother wouldn’t approve of.


Deck the halls with PHS poinsettias



Walk through the door of the Agriculture Education Program’s greenhouse on the campus of Pickens High School and your breath is almost taken away by the intense burst of color. Horticulture students enrolled in the program at PHS have been busy since the early part of the school year pampering poinsettias in preparation for the upcoming holiday season.  With the right combination of light, temperature and tender-loving-care, the plants can be coaxed into providing a blast of reds, pinks and various other colors for the Christmas season.

The greenhouse will open its doors to the public starting on Wednesday, Dec. 5, for the public to purchase the poinsettias.  You can visit the green house from 2-4 each day for as long as the poinsettias last.

If you have further questions contact Joe Wright at PHS at 706-253-1801. 

Powerball update: over 30 Georgians won $10,000 or more last night


Georgia Lottery players, students win big in $588M Powerball drawing



ATLANTA – Check your Powerball tickets, Georgia! You may hold a winning ticket.


Two jackpot winning tickets for Wednesday’s record $588 million Powerball drawing were purchased in Arizona and Missouri. Georgia Lottery players also won big.


David Jackson of Riverdale won $1 million in the drawing. He claimed his prize at Georgia Lottery headquarters Thursday. Georgia Food Mart #0001, located at 377 Highway 138 S.W. in Riverdale, sold the lucky ticket.


One player in Georgia multiplied a $10,000 prize to $40,000 with the Power Play option. The ticket was purchased at Chevron Food Mart, 2140 Fairburn Road, Douglasville.


The Miracle Worker runs through this weekend


Cast of The Miracle Worker prepping for the show.

By Pat Jewell
Tater Patch Players

    The Tater Patch Players will open their production of The Miracle Worker this week at the Tater Patch Players Theater.  The play has a lot of historical value as well as being dramatic and, at times, funny. We first see the 19-month-old Helen surrounded by her mother, father and a doctor. Until this time, Helen was a healthy, active toddler, but the disease left her deaf and blind. Helen was born in Tuscumbia, Al., in 1880. We get an idea of the date the events take place from Aunt Ev who states that “the war is over and there is Yankee money.” The Keller homestead, Ivy Green, is typical for middle class at the time, if not a little battle scarred.  Captain Keller, Helen’s father, served in the war and is the editor of the local newspaper. Kate is his second wife with Helen being her first child. 
    Also from Aunt Ev we learn that the Kellers are related to Robert E. Lee. This is true, as Captain Keller’s mother was a second cousin to the famous General. Kate’s father, Charles Adams, fought in the Civil War and became a Brigadier General. 
    Aunt Ev is indignant when someone named Sullivan and from Boston was sent to teach Helen. She shows that she has knowledge of news from outside the Tuscumbia area by mentioning John L. Sullivan. John was an undesirable to Aunt Ev because he was a heavyweight boxer. He won his Gloved Boxing World Championship in 1887. 
    Annie Sullivan was sent from the Perkins Institute for the Blind in South Boston where she studied. Helen later attended the school. Keller went on to other schools including Cambridge School for Ladies and she later attended Radcliff where she became the first deaf blind person to receive a BA degree. Helen learned Braille and sign language. She could read lips by touch and learned to speak.
    Annie played a huge role in Helen’s life. She went from being a teacher, to a governess, to a companion. Annie followed Helen around the country and she and her husband John assisted Helen in writing her first book. Helen became an author, political activist, speaker and advocate for the blind. She lived to be 87 years old. 
    The story of Helen’s early life in The Miracle Worker is indeed factual. They did have servants. There was a servant girl named Martha who learned quickly to communicate with Helen. The lapse of time between Annie’s arrival and Helen’s breakthrough is about a month. Other interesting facts are sprinkled throughout the play. 
    The actors and crew have worked hard to make this the best theater experience for you.  Just in time for the Christmas season, the troupe brings you this heartwarming drama. The show dates and times are Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 and Sunday 2 p.m. matinees on Dec. 2 and 9. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. They may be purchased in advance on line at or at the box office beginning one hour before curtain time.

Further details on samurai sword killing released


addisjosephDeputy hears mom say

son was only protecting her


A 16-year-old Jasper juvenile male is charged with murder following the stabbing death of his stepfather Friday, Nov. 23 in The Preserve at Sharp Mountain gated community.

      Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig said the juvenile stabbed his stepfather with a sword, later identified as a “Dha” (similar to a samurai sword) following an argument that began over a minor issue  just before midnight Friday. 

The deceased has been identified as Christopher Todd Allen, 36. The name of the suspect was initially withheld due to his age, but later released as he is being charged in superior court at this time. The suspect has been identified as Joseph M. Addis. There is some confusion about whether a 16-year-old facing a murder charge is treated as a juvenile in the court system.

The 16-year-old is in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center in Dalton. He was arrested at the scene after a relative called 911. 

At the time of the stabbing, the family was living in the basement of their relatives’ house in The Preserve.

The incident report states that the victim had picked up his wife at 8 p.m. from Rocco’s Pub where she worked on the night of the killing. The report states that Marcie Allen, the wife of the victim and mother of Addis, told officers that the victim “had already been drinking” when he picked her up. 

Ms. Allen went on to tell officers in her initial interview more details about the tragic evening.


Read more about the case, including details from the incident report, in our e-edition