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Patrols beefed up for July Fourth weekend


     ATLANTA, GA— The Georgia State Patrol is urging everyone to celebrate the Independence Day holiday responsibly. Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said state troopers will patrol during the holiday period in an effort to keep the number of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities as low as possible. This year, the holiday travel period is 102 hours long. It will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 30, and end at 11:59 p.m. on July Fourth.

Arrests made in Canton shootings

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Canton Police Department Press Release


Police Detectives have arrested and charged a Mr. Jeremy Ulysses Zellous age: 29 of Marietta, GA., with Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, False Statements and tampering with evidence as a result of this investigation.


Other persons arrested during the inquiry are a Mr. Brody Samples age: 23 of Ball Ground, GA., who has been charged with Violation of Bond through Pickens County and a Mr. Joe Goldback age: 35 of Jasper, GA., who has been charged with Obstruction of an Officer.


Facts surrounding the case: 

 We know this was not a random shooting because the individuals involved knew each other. 

Parent expert: The raving parent lunatic scale

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By John Rosemond

    Do you need a parent-nanny? Not a nanny for your child, mind you, but one for you!
    I recently introduced my readers to what I call “upside-down, inside-out and turned around backwards parent-view disorder” (the column in question is currently posted on The symptoms of this ubiquitous malady include pervasive and persistent parenting stress, worry, anxiety, guilt, anger, resentment, and then, more guilt. When all is said and done, these poor souls are in never-ending confusion over “Who’s in charge around here?”

PHS band, football and cheer mix it up

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A cheerleader beating a drum, a football player tooting a trumpet, and a band member pushing a blocking sled — All of these things were seen at Pickens High School last Thursday as approximately 175 students gathered on the practice field to get a new perspective on football games and all they entail. The three groups used one practice day to familiarize themselves, hands-on, with what each one does to create the high school football game experience for fans. PHS Athletic Director Chris Parker said the students are together all summer, practicing for the upcoming season, so this gives them a day off of practice before the school year begins. More pictures on page 20A of the print or online editions.

GSP retracts crash findings: Motorcycle rider not at fault


        Craig Wooten, center, after returning home from Grady Memorial Hospital where his leg was amputated. 


       The Georgia State Patrol has retracted their original incident report that found a motorcycle driver at fault for a crash that caused him to lose a leg. 

Craig Wooten, 68, was travelling by motorcycle along Pea Ridge Road on June 25th when he was struck by a Ford F-150 driven by Thomas Lynn Marlow, 24, Jasper. 

According to the original GSP report, Wooten was at fault for the crash as he “failed to maintain his lane and struck the left side [of the truck],” but GSP Post Commander Tim Nichols said a second review of the incident found Wooten not at fault.