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Jasperse introduces gun law legislation

Bill will increase the number of places Georgians can carry firearms


A major new piece of Second Amendment legislation was introduced last week in the Georgia General Assembly by State Rep. Rick Jasperse, who represents Pickens County. The legislation would increase the number of places Georgians can carry firearms, including churches, bars and college campuses.

            "We're trying to open up some places where the rule followers can go,” said State Rep. Rick Jasperse. “This is not about making us a more armed society. It allows the rule followers to take care of themselves if they need to."


            H.B. 512, known as the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” was introduced by Jasperse. It would also allow men and women over the age of 18 who are serving in the military or have been honorably discharged from the military to be able to purchase a gun.

See additional reporting on  Safe Carry Protection Act in this week's print edition.

Bigfoot (Sasquatch, Yeti, Wooly Booger) lives?

Researchers, enthusiasts converge in Dahlonega for Bigfoot conference



Bigfoot art at the Midnight Walker's Southeastern Bigfoot Conference, held January 12-13 in Dahlonega.

    Driving to the Midnight Walker’s Southeastern Bigfoot Conference felt like entering a secret meeting in Shangri-La. Fog hung thick over Burnt Mountain all the way to Dahlonega, then hugged the lodge at R Ranch where the convention was held. 
    No one could see in or out. 
    The 100 or so attendees cocooned inside the building were getting situated for a weekend-long event that would bring Bigfoot experts, researchers, lecturers, and enthusiasts to the first ever Bigfoot convention in the southeast, held January 12 -13. 
    I took my seat, too, mulling over questions I would ask when it came time to interview. The sarcastic side of me wanted to invoke the spirit of The Daily Show and ask about things that only related to the 1987 film Harry and the Hendersons. Things like, “Do you think Bigfoot would gut laugh watching a monkey on television?” or, “Do you think John Lithgow could lure Sasquatch into a vehicle using only a sac of cheeseburgers?”
    I decided that wasn’t a good idea. Plus, I really was interested in what the presenters had to say because in my mind anything is possible, plus I know a guy who swears he had an encounter here in Pickens.
    See this week's print or online editions for the rest of this story.

Trout fishing opportunities year-round in N. Ga.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Feb. 26, 2013) – Trout-angling opportunities abound in the wintery swift-flowing waters of north Georgia’s rivers and creeks.


Home to some of the Southeast’s finest trout streams and three species of trout - rainbow, brown and brook trout - Georgia claims nearly 4,000 miles of streams, and more than half lie in the northern part of the state in the Chattahoochee National Forest.


“Georgia offers trout anglers with various opportunities throughout the year – including delayed harvest streams, seasonal streams and year-round streams,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries management for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Sister donates kidney to sister


     When we think of gifts, images of jewelry or lotions or flowers are typically conjured up in our minds.
    But this Thursday, Feb. 28, Pickens resident Mila Lane is giving her sister the gift of health and life. Lane, head teller at Renasant Bank off Hwy 515, is going under the knife so she can donate one of her kidneys to her sister Rosi Wentworth, who has suffered from a kidney disease for over four years.


Paint-your-own, art supplies, at new pottery studio



    Talking Rock Pottery owners Heather and Jason Poole crack open the mold of a steer skull made from liquid clay. The Pooles offer paint-your-own bisque pottery, wheel-throwing and sculpting supplies, birthday parties and kiln rental.

     We’ve all seen them at grandma’s house; the painted ceramic Christmas trees with the illuminated plastic pegs, or the flour and sugar canisters that resemble giant mushrooms, embellished in rusty oranges and browns.
    Prior to glazing and firing, these potent memories many of us have are called “bisque,” or stark-white, unglazed pottery.