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Wrongful death suit filed in Helen shooting


       This is the bench where authorities found Pickens resident Glenn Patrick Lampien after he accidentally discharged a handgun. After shooting Lampien through the hand, the bullet traveled across the street and killed tourist May Ariam. 

        The family of the Helen, Ga. tourist killed by Pickens resident Glenn Patrick Lampien in an accidental shooting this past summer has filed a wrongful death suit in the Superior Court of Pickens County.  

Groundbreaking at Boys and Girls Club


A good crowd turned out this afternoon for the groundbreaking of the Boys and Girls Club's new teen/youth center today. The building will sit behind the community center in Roper Park.

Above, Don Russell, a founding member of the Boys and Girls Club of North Georgia, addresses the crowd. See next week's issue for more information on this great local program.

Vernie Jones Ford sells to Shottenkirk Auto Group

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Pictured from left are General Manager Jamie Mundth, Owner Greg Shottenkirk with Jim Jones Sr. and Jim Jones Jr.

    Shottenkirk Auto Group, an Iowa based multi-franchised company, purchased Vernie Jones Ford Co. Inc. and will rename the Ford franchise Shottenkirk Ford.

Vernie Jones Ford was founded by Vernie Jones in 1969 and officially became a franchised Ford dealer in March of 1970. Jim Jones Sr. took over as Dealer Principal and General Manager in 1985 accompanied by his sister, Mary Bryant, as Office Manager. He was later joined by his son, Jim Jones, Jr., as New and Used Car Sales Manager. 

Jim Sr. would like to thank the community and their loyal customers throughout the years and hope they will continue to support Shottenkirk Ford and the familiar faces at the Jasper location.



State parks host special holiday events

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Photo Courtesy Ga. State Parks
If shopping-mall Santas and crowded parking lots have your family feeling “bah-humbug,” plan an outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks or Historic Sites. Dozens of parks across Georgia are hosting old-fashioned holiday celebrations that will remind you of yesteryear. Below is a sampling of events, and the latest calendar can be seen at

Ga. inmate executed

Updated story -- 

The lawfully ordered execution of Robert Wayne Holsey for the 1995 murder of a Baldwin County Deputy Sheriff was carried out this evening at 10:51 pm at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, Ga. The sentence was carried out after the United States Supreme Court denied Holsey’s request for a stay of execution at approximately 9:59 pm.


Atlanta, December 9, 2014 – In a 5-to-2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for Robert Wayne Holsey, who is scheduled to be put to death tonight by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA.

   Holsey, 49, was convicted in 1997 of shooting and killing Baldwin County Deputy Sheriff Will Robinson in December 1995, shortly after Holsey held up a convenience store in Milledgeville.