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Tai Chi comes to North Georgia



Instructor Mike McElwee doing Tai Chi with students at Lee Newton Park. Tai Chi and Qigong are said to have many health benefits.

     Fred Crimi was diagnosed with cancer before he began practicing Tai Chi or Qigong.

     Now Crimi, like many students of the ancient Chinese practices, says that without including the eastern modalities into his treatment regimen his healing would not have progressed as satisfactorily.

     Crimi had a metastatic tumor on his left frontal lobe, he suffered from aphasia, underwent full brain radiation, and later was diagnosed with lung cancer, but Crimi is now cancer free and feeling positive about his future.

Play tennis, support Cystic Fibrosis research

Family of PHS student with CF to hold charity event Friday


Above, PHS student Kyle Watters with Big Canoe tennis pro Bruce Monhollen. Watters, 15, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis as an infant. Monhollen and Big Canoe are allowing the Watters family to use the gated community’s tennis courts this Friday, June 22 for a Juniors Tennis Charity Event Tournament. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Matches begin at 9 a.m. Junior tennis players are invited to play both singles and doubles.

See entrance form here.

     Everyone has heard of it, but do you really know what cystic fibrosis is?

     Sue Watters, mother of 15-year-old Kyle, said she was clueless when her son was diagnosed with the genetic condition just weeks after he was born.

Racetrac Re-opens


From  Terrica Oglesby, RaceTrac Associate Manager of PR



The store will reopen for business at 6am Friday morning. We’ll be offering complimentary coffee for the next few days. As we finish up repairs, we’ll have a full selection of gas, cigarettes, coffee, and a limited selection of packaged goods, bottled drinks, and alcohol.  A portion of the store was damaged, but we’ll be upgrading the whole look of the store to be similar to our new 6000sqft. model.


Man arrested for child molestation at Jasper Park

 A 49-year-old man has been arrested and charged with sexually molesting a 13-year-old at the edge of the woods of the Jasper City Park Thursday, June 14.

The incident happened as the teen and another friend were “hanging out” with a group that included other teens and adults in the park about 5 p.m., said Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell.           

George M. McTaggart, 49, of Jasper is charged with one count of molestation and one count of enticing a minor. McTaggart was homeless at the time of the incident, but has lived in the Jasper area for years, according to police officers. Jasper Police Detective Matt Dawkins said McTaggart was a regular visitor to the park and had a police record, but nothing related to sex crimes or crimes against children.

Chamber to hold Commission candidate debate June 19


See report from forum in next week's paper.


Commissioner candidates for the chairman and the district posts will meet in a debate style format June 19th at 6 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce community center.

The event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce will begin with 45 minutes for the candidates from the district post races to discuss issues presented to them.

The district commissioner posts are being elected for the first time in Pickens County, after voters chose to move to a three-member commission from a sole commissioner.