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Farmers' Market opens for the year



Herbalist Crystal Merrell will be one of many vendors at the Saturday, March 28 Farmers' Market at Lee Newton Park. 

By Darla Huffman 


The oldest continuous farmers’ market (as well as the friendliest) in the county will open for its 16th season this Saturday, March 28. The hours are from 7:30 to noon and the location is in the Park and Ride lot next to Lee Newton Park on Church Street in Jasper.  If you have never

Check out real falcons in Atlanta, live falconcam

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From Ga. DNR

 Atlanta’s fastest-flying family is online again.


The Georgia Department of Natural Resources camera is streaming live video of a pair of peregrine falcons nesting atop SunTrust Plaza Tower. Although the adults switched nest sites this spring, delaying the project, viewers can now watch as the raptors start a new family more than 50 stories above downtown Atlanta.


Deaths of wife, husband three days apart prompts investigation



       The death of a Marble Hill woman on March 10th at her home, followed by the death of her husband three days later in a parked car from some type of medical distress has prompted investigations by the sheriff’s office and GBI.

Lt. Kris Stancil confirmed they were awaiting autopsy and toxicology reports. 

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Community support wanted for Meals-on-Wheels

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         Every other Monday volunteers with the local Meals-on-Wheels program deliver two weeks worth of frozen food to 100 Pickens seniors.
    Every week they deliver 15 hot meals Monday through Friday and serve the 30 seniors who come to spend the day at the senior center on Stegall Drive.

Man burned trying to save horses

Five horses die in blaze

     A Tuesday morning blaze at  the expansive Brandreth Farms in West Pickens burned one horse owner and took the lives of several horses housed in the barn/arena.   
    Around 9:30 a.m. March 17, crews were still on the scene of the Hamrick Road fire that started earlier that morning.