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Parents who murdered 3-year-old daughter lose appeal in Ga. Supreme Court




            The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled in favor of the State in a lawsuit brought by three obstetrician-gynecologists who challenged as unconstitutional a Georgia law that prohibits most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

In today’s ruling, the high court has unanimously upheld a Fulton County court order that dismissed the lawsuit.

Tai Chi to tribal grooves

Holistic Health Fair packs vendors with unusual offerings


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“You can’t go wrong doing Qigong,” says instructor Lisa Pasila of Bent Tree, at front. Qigong was just one of many classes, seminars and vendor demonstrations Saturday at the Holistic Health Fair in Roper Park community center.



If you were looking for belly-dancing (exercise that helps you “get in touch with the feminine and even some guys need to get in touch with their feminine side”);

Or, a sugar-foot rub (sugar removes toxins according to the massage therapist);

Or, a Qigong class ( “You can’t go wrong if you are doing Qigong”), the Holistic Health Fair Saturday at the Community Center in Roper Park brought them all to town.

Local crowds seemed a little thin but enthusiastic for a first–time event that brought more than 50 vendors, teachers and speakers here.

Collins Introduces Legislation to Encourage Rural Broadband Development


“In the twenty-first century, education, jobs and economic success are tied to digital infrastructure, and I’ve introduced the GO Act to increase broadband investment in rural America through smarter, simpler policies based on market competition.”

 WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) introduced the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act to promote broadband development in rural and economically disadvantaged areas.

GORUCK a mac daddy of endurance events

Royston employees complete event developed by former Green Beret



Marshall Dixon, far right holding flag, Kyle Frantz, second from right, and Adam Swartz, gray shirt kneeling on far right, were three in their team of 19. This photo was taken after they completed the challenge.


A patch. An unassuming black-and-white patch embroidered with “GORUCK Tough” was the prize three Royston employees received after completing the most grueling 17-mile trek of their lives.   

But to Marshall Dixon, Kyle Frantz and Adam Swartz that little patch means a heck of a lot more than all the t-shirts, fancy medals and other swag you get at most physical endurance challenges.  

County releases list of over two dozen roads to be paved

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        Motorists will see improvements to over 30 Pickens County roads this year, thanks in part to the state’s Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant (LMIG). 

Every year the county and the city of Jasper apply for grant money from the Georgia Department of Transportation’s program, which will provide $120 million in resurfacing and other roads projects across the state in 2017. The local governing authorities are required to provide 30 percent matching funds. 

      See full list of roads in this week's print or online editions.