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Bent Tree artist’s photoshopped wedding portrait goes viral

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    A local graphic artist designed this photoshopped picture of a family on their wedding day in October. The picture includes the image of the couple’s son Lake, age 8, who died of leukemia earlier this year.

     With over 20 million hits and trending #1 on Facebook for a few hours last week, Bent Tree resident Paul Woodward’s photoshop creation has touched the hearts of the nation.
    Woodward, a 63-year-old graphic artist and owner of Royale Graphic Design, was asked to come up with an idea to photoshop a family’s recently-deceased child into their wedding photo.

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Veterans Day ceremony draws large crowd

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  The Veterans Day events enjoyed perfect weather and good attendance this afternoon. Several hundred participants filled the bleachers and spilled into the lawn at Lee Newton Park for the ceremony, which included patriotic music from the PHS Band and Chorus, keynote speaker Steven L. Arnold, a retired U.S. Lieutenant General who has been inducted in the Army Ranger Hall of Fame, taps and a poignant reading of the names of Pickens fallen soldiers. The main stage ceremony was followed by a groundbreaking for the Veterans Memorial Park.

Gas up nearly 10 cents a gallon

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November 9- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 9.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.13/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.22/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

New principal hired for Jasper Elementary

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     Jasper, Georgia — The Pickens County School District announces the hiring of Dr. David Wilds as Principal for
Jasper Elementary School.
     Dr. David Wilds is a native of Statesboro, Georgia but has called Houston County home since 2005. He has
served as an Assistant Principal of Instruction at Lake Joy Primary School in Warner Robbins, Georgia, a very
high performing elementary school. Dr. Wilds earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and a Master of
Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University. He received an Education Specialist in Educational

Carbon Monoxide poisoning blamed in Bent Tree deaths

    A preliminary autopsy shows carbon monoxide poisoning likely killed a Bent Tree couple whose bodies were discovered in their home November 3.

   The bodies of Richard and Wanda Zimmerman were discovered after security officers in Bent Tree went to their home to check on them after their water bill had gone unpaid. The unpaid bill was judged to be out of character for the homeowners.

   Sheriff Donnie Craig said the couple had been using a kerosene heater inside the home. Craig said a test of the heater showed it was giving off high levels of carbon monoxide.