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Have you seen Hill City's dancing beer bandit?



Click on the image above to view the video.

         This surveillance video from the BP gas station on Highway 53 West in Hill City captures footage of a man stealing beer from the store midday Thursday, Oct. 3 – and apparently having a good time while doing it.


         The video shows a white male wearing white shorts and a blue t-shirt appearing to stalk the beer case and doing dance moves as he pockets three 16 oz. cans of Budweiser, which were reported as missing in the sheriff's report. 


         It is unclear at this time if the dancing was meant to be a distraction from the shoplifting.  According to one of the gas station’s clerk no music was playing in the store at the time of the incident.          


         The store owner filed an report with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Hill City’s dancing beer bandit please contact the sheriff’s office at 706-253-8900.  


JYSA’s Morgan named scholar-athlete of the week


    Zade Morgan who plays football for JYSA (Jasper Youth Sports Association) was recently awarded Scholar Athlete of the week for NGYFA (North Georgia Youth Football Association), a football league that has 26 counties and multiple age groups participating in competitive football.
    The article from NGYFA.ORG follows:


Newspapers are still the cornerstone of democracy



National Newspaper Week is Oct. 6 - Oct. 12

By Caroline H. Little
President and CEO,
Newspaper Association of America

    We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now.
    It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming rather than dying. Of course, there are always bumps in the road to innovation, but as it turns out, we’re actually in the midst of a promising and exciting time.


Food Stamp benefits to be reduced on November 1

Congress’ failure to pass a Farm Bill leaves recipients with no benefits after Oct. 31


By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter

    Halloween may be a lot scarier for the 20 percent of Georgians who experience food insecurity.
    A Nov. 1 reduction in benefits, and the uncertainty as to whether the federally funded program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be funded at all beyond October, is frightening prospect to low income people and those that serve them.


Teachable moment found in a bag of chips

JES holds mock trial over Fourth Amendment rights


    Jasper Elementary School students in Courtroom A of the Pickens County Courthouse. Students in Mrs. Darlene Crenshaw’s class took part in a mock trial while other JES 5th graders looked on.

“My client, Clay Shoffer, has been wronged,” said the Jasper Elementary School 5th grade student who acted as council for another student who alleged his teacher, Mrs. Crenshaw, violated his Fourth Amendment rights.