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Despite rain, Laying of Stones ceremony well attended

Click on the image below to see a video of the dedication ceremony.

 

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 The dedication ceremony at Pickens' new 107-acre park on top of Oglethorpe Mountain was well attended despite the heavy fog. Be sure to check out next week's edition for a full account of the event and details about the park, which is a gift from Ken and Billie Ann Rice. The story did not make this week's early Christmas edition, but here is a video from park board member John Feight.

Secretary of State Advises Georgians on charitable donations

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ATLANTA (Dec. 19, 2013) – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp offers advice to individuals planning to donate to charitable organizations during the holiday season. As Secretary of State, Kemp serves as Georgia’s charities regulator.

Camera manufacturer creates 65 jobs in Pickens County

Orlaco invests in new headquarters in Jasper

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From Georgia Department of Economic Development

ATLANTA, Dec. 17 — The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced today that Orlaco, a global manufacturer of camera solutions for heavy equipment, on-road truck, crane and fork lift manufacturers, will open its first U.S.-based office and warehouse in Pickens County, creating 65 jobs over the next five years.

Trial set for Samurai sword killing

Case transferred to juvenile court

 

 

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The trial of a 17-year-old accused of killing his step-father with a single stab from a Samurai sword appears to be headed for trial in January, a year after the fatal argument at a basement apartment in a Preserve at Sharp Mountain subdivision home.

See complete story in our print and e-editions

 

 

Family of victim disappointed 

by court’s handling of case

 

The mother and a brother of Christopher Allen, the victim in the Samurai sword killing in November 2012, expressed disappointment with the way the case had been handled in the Pickens court system.

See complete story in our print and e-editions

 

 

Christmas gift comes early with decent weather for parades

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Jasper and Ball Ground both got early Christmas gifts in the form of "not-too-bad" weather for their parades over the weekend.

In Ball Ground Friday, the parade had just ended when the bottom fell out with heavy rain. And in Jasper (see picture above) on Saturday night it was cold but not the coldest Jasper Night of Lights and dry. Rain didn't develop until much later.

See information on Christmas events at area churches in this week's print edition.