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At 453 pounds, blind man faces tough decision on weight loss

“I want to be here when I’m 50 for my wife and my daughter”

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Scott Rumery was blinded by a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, but when weighing in at nearly a quarter ton his blindness is the least of his worries. Scott is pictured with wife Bronwyn and their guide dog.

    Five years ago, Scott and Bronwyn Rumery opened up to the Progress about what life is like for a blind couple. In anticipation of creating a support group they talked a little about the dark side – the anxiety and depression that can accompany it.

Ga. high court upholds murder conviction in nightclub shooting case

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SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS

Published Friday, March 25, 2016

 

The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at www.gasupreme.us .

 

ANDERSON V. SENTINEL OFFENDER SERVICES, LLC (S15Q1816)

            The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled that under the body of law derived from court decisions dating back to the 1800s, when someone fails to comply with his misdemeanor probation sentence, a court is authorized to delay the ending date of his original sentence.

Nominate most littered road in county for KPB's Operation Clean Sweep

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Submitted by Al Rothe of KPB
    Each year during the month of April, Keep Pickens Beautiful (KPB) participates in the Great American Clean-up. The Great American Clean-up is sponsored by our parent organization, Keep America Beautiful. During April, KPB sponsors and encourages local events to help make our community more beautiful. This year KPB will kick off a brand new event; “Operation Clean Sweep.”

Family narrowly escapes burning house

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    A mother and two adult sons “just did get out” of this burning home Monday on Dry Pond Road.
    Homeowner Ruthell Cornett and her two adult sons of Dry Pond Road in west Pickens narrowly escaped a fire that completely destroyed their home Monday night.
    Fire Marshal Curtis Clark said Ms. Cornett suffered some minor injuries exiting the burning home through a bedroom window. He thought she may have cut her hands and arms breaking the glass to get out.

Four contested county races in May primaries

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    Party qualification ended last week, Friday, March 11 for several local offices up for election this year.
    Of the 10 county offices, four are contested, including a crowded race for one school board seat. The Democratic Party has also submitted one non-binding question that will appear on the May ballot. 

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