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Needles found on Nelson walking trail

Residents warned not to touch them, call 911

By Ralph O. Dennis
Contributing writer
    December 5th was the regularly scheduled meeting of the Nelson City Council. The agenda was short to begin with but became shorter as the meeting progressed. The council was scheduled to hear the engineer’s report on the drainage issues on Cherokee and School streets. He was unable to attend the meeting because of a death in his family. The presentation will now be on December 15 at the work session/ public hearing.
    See full story in this week's print or online editions.

Post Office program provides personalized response to your child’s letter to Santa

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NORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the U.S. Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with a North Pole postmark.
    Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:
    1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
    2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.

Ga supreme court rules on case involving sex offender registry

Other decisions also released

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Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at www.gasupreme.us .

 

ELLIS V. THE STATE (S16A1246)

            The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously reversed the attempted extortion and perjury convictions against former DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer W. Burrell Ellis, Jr. for his alleged attempts to “shake down” a county contractor for campaign contributions.

Progress Pictorial History makes great Christmas Gift

We have a couple of boxes of the Pictorial History books published last year for sale. They make great Christmas gifts for people who call Pickens County home or want to recall their childhoods growing up here.

Pick Up at Our Office: $42.75    With Shipping to any US Address:  $49.75  

 

Pictures in this 96 page hardback book include all kinds of neat scenes from Pickens County and the people who have called this place home over the past centuries.

The construction of Grandview Lake in the 1940s. grandview-lake-old

 

Siamese twins descendant calls Pickens home

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Most people would recognize the photograph – an antiqued black and white picture of two well-dressed Asian men who were physically connected at the sternum. Cartilage and a fused liver held them together their entire lives.
    What most people probably don’t know about the unusual pair - the most famous conjoined twins of all time – is that they immigrated from their home in Siam (now Thailand) to a small town in North Carolina where they became wealthy farmers, married two sisters and had 21 children between them.