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Veteran honored with gift of Laurel Lake home


      Army Veteran William Hutchinson, right, with his wife, Leslie, and three daughters: Riley, 7; Emma, 5; and Brooklyn, 4. Leslie is a former U.S. Army medic and is a full-time caregiver for her husband Behind them stand Terence Lewis of Portico Properties (far left) and Nelson Mayor Larry Ray.

By Ralph O. Dennis
Contributing writer
     Army veteran, Sgt. William Hutchinson, will be honored and thanked for his service with a new home for his family in Nelson. The home is being built and presented to the family as part of Operation Finally Home.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde playing at Tater Patch


Tickets available online for latest Tater Patch production.

By Nan Nawrocki
Tater Patch Players
    This Thursday is the final dress rehearsal for Tater Patch Players' upcoming production and also their "Share Night".  The cast is an interesting mix of new and veteran actors.  They all enjoy their time together, even while they work long hours in memorization and rehearsal.      Steve Lewis says, "Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is proving to be a theatrical stretch. It's a variation from the usual Tater Patch musicals and light comedy.  It is a dark and

Leaf Watch website tracks best fall color in Georgia

Cloudland-Canyon-SP-waterfall  One of the waterfalls at Cloudland Canyon State Park during the fall.

     “When will the leaves change?” is the question park rangers hear most often once cooler temperatures arrive.  Only Mother Nature knows for sure, but peak color in Georgia is usually toward the end of October or early November.  To help leaf peepers find the best scenery, Georgia’s State Parks offer an online “Leaf Watch” travel planner, found at

Unopposed mayor on Jasper’s past, future


John Weaver is running unopposed for another term as Jasper’s mayor this year. In an interview last week, he wasn’t exactly sure how many elections he has won to retain the post, though he remembered that he took office in August 1992.
    At that time, Weaver was running a fitness club and made his first foray into politics to win the open mayor post after another longtime mayor, Lee Newton, died while in office.
    The first election was hard-fought with another former mayor and a council member among the four-person field. Since then Weaver has mostly been unopposed or won handily.

    During an interview at City Hall, Weaver both recapped his long career and looked ahead to the next term.

    See the full story in this week's print or online editions.

Reward offered for burglary information

Updated story - Break-ins tied to two suspects in this week's print/e-edition.


Pickens Sheriff’s Office Detectives are continuing to investigate an increase in burglaries that have occurred between the dates of August 12, 2015 through September 11, 2015   The majority of the burglaries have occurred at businesses in the community. The consistent entry method in the burglaries has been by means of forced entry either through a window or through an exterior wall.  The most common items taken have been jewelry and currency.


Detectives are hopeful evidence collected at the crimes scenes will lead to the identity of the perpetrator (s).  In addition, anyone with information related to these burglaries is urged to contact the Pickens Sheriff’s Office.