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It “bee”gins – Bee keepers gear up for 2018 honey season

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Damon Howell / Photo

Talking Rock Honey Bee Farm beekeeper Sean Cook checking his hives. 


The first flush of spring is here, and along with it waves of color from blossoms of the dandelion, the dogwood tree, wisteria, and honeysuckle. Not only is this display of new life exhilarating for people tired of the cold, barren winter, it’s exhilarating for honey bees and the keepers who keep them. 

Progress writer Larry Cavender publishes fiery political book

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    The cover of Cavender's new book depicts an upturned world in the center with flames encroaching upon the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the American Flag. The book is written from the perspective of an average, everyday, middle class American, or "forgotten man."

     In our nation, where once scholars roamed the halls of academia, we now have socialists, anarchists, and even avowed terrorists donning professor's robes. In our nation, where people were once innocent until proven guilty, they are now found to be guilty, despite their innocence, by the prosecutorial

Another meth bust dents local supply

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     An early morning raid March 28 on two Burgess Road West homes, led to the arrest of one man on trafficking charges. Agents from the drug task force (DTF), along with agents from the Pickens Sheriff’s office and Cherokee SWAT team seized methamphetamine, marijuana, firearms and cash during the execution of the search warrants at both homes.

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Axe murder update Griffith pleads guilty to hiding body

Trial for other man expected to start in June



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Arnold Hoyt Griffith plead guilty to concealing the death of another.

A Cove Road man charged in December 2016 as a party to an axe murder has reached a deal with the state where he pleaded guilty to helping clean the murder scene and hide the body. Previous charges that he took part in the grisly summer of 2014 killing were dropped.

DA Alison Sosebee said further investigation and his guilty plea show that Arnold Hoyt Griffith, 59, of Cove Road, “was not an active participant in the killing.” Griffith pleaded guilty to charges of concealing the death of another, tampering with evidence, and abandonment of a body.

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Good Samaritan health clinic spruced up

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        Michelle Menard / Photo

The Master Gardners, Timothy House, Boy Scout Troop 836, Bent Tree Gardners, and volunteers from Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center came together Saturday, March 24th to implement a landscape design that the Master Gardners had graciously created. The Good Sam clinic expressed appreciation for all the support from the community groups and invites everyone to the ribbon cutting for their new building May 19th at 2 p.m.

Pictured is Master Gardner Dee Bogus instructing the Boy Scouts and Good Samaritan volunteers Dai Luther, Christina Cottrell, Brett Menard, Jackson Willingham, and Top Maddux on constructing a perennial garden.