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Good Samaritan health clinic spruced up

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        Michelle Menard / Photo

The Master Gardners, Timothy House, Boy Scout Troop 836, Bent Tree Gardners, and volunteers from Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center came together Saturday, March 24th to implement a landscape design that the Master Gardners had graciously created. The Good Sam clinic expressed appreciation for all the support from the community groups and invites everyone to the ribbon cutting for their new building May 19th at 2 p.m.

Pictured is Master Gardner Dee Bogus instructing the Boy Scouts and Good Samaritan volunteers Dai Luther, Christina Cottrell, Brett Menard, Jackson Willingham, and Top Maddux on constructing a perennial garden.

Test 'funny' well water through UGA laboratory to identify problem

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     One single test can't detect all the possible contaminants in well water, but University of Georgia Cooperative Extension recommends the basic water chemistry test performed at the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories. This test determines hardness, pH levels, and concentrations of 16 minerals and metals.

By Sharon Dowdy

 Adam Speir


University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents, like Adam Speir in Madison County, Georgia, often get calls from homeowners who are concerned about the quality of their well water. Water from municipal sources is routinely monitored for safety, but water from private wells isn’t monitored unless homeowners take steps to ensure that it's safe.

Duffie hired as Dragons basketball head coach


Coach Mike Duffie

     The Pickens County Board of Education has approved the hiring of new head boys basketball coach Mike Duffie last week. Coach Duffie is coming from Dalton where he was the head coach for the past 12 seasons. Before working at Dalton, Coach Duffie has been the head coach at Gordon Central, Morristown (TN), and Macon County. Overall Coach Duffie has 29 years’ experience as a Head Coach and has won 441 games over that time. Please welcome Coach Duffie and his family into the Dragon family. When congratulating Coach Duffie on his board approval, his response was "It's great to be a Dragon!"

Local World War I tragedy recounted at Reinhardt program

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Michael Hitt, dressed in a vintage World War I doughboy uniform, presented a lecture at Reinhardt University on March 28th about a tragic local World War I era incident that killed three 82nd Division soldiers. Pictured with him is Betty C. Callahan, the daughter of Nurse Winnie Frances Moore Carpenter who is credited with saving several soldier's lives at the incident.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer


At the very beginning of his lecture concerning a World War I tragedy, which took the lives of three soldiers, historian Michael Hitt stated, "This was not a tragic accident, but a criminal incident." The program was held on Wednesday, March 28th at the Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University and recalled the collapse of a portion of the Steele Bridge in Cherokee County on June 16th, 1918.

Large meth supplier in Talking Rock taken down

      Pickens Sheriff’s officers arrested a man they say supplied methamphetamine to other sellers and confiscated almost a kilo of the drug, plus marijuana, prescription pills and 22 firearms last week.

     Detective Chris Romine said the case originated with information from a separate stolen item investigation.

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