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Ga. Marble worker killed by falling stone


Updated Story -- Investigation follows death at marble plant (Jan. 22 Progress)



  Kevin Voyles with his wife Kim. Kevin was killed by falling marble slabs Monday night. A fund has been set up to help his wife and two small children.


[Fund established to help Voyles family] Donations may also be made at United Community Bank.


Pickens emergency crews responded Monday evening to a 911 call at the marble plant, 200 Georgia Marble Lane, in Tate where a worker had been hit by falling slabs of stone.

Ga. Supreme Court rules in three juvenile death cases


Facebook comments led to murder conviction for mother who smothered 5-week-old



Published Tuesday, January 20, 2015


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            The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and two consecutive life prison sentences given to a man for randomly robbing and killing a popular high school football star as he waited at an Atlanta bus stop.

            In this high-profile Fulton County case, the high court has unanimously rejected Edward Wallace’s argument that there was not enough evidence to convict him. Instead, Justice Keith Blackwell writes for the Court, “we conclude that the evidence adduced at trial was legally sufficient to authorize a rational trier of fact to find beyond a reasonable doubt that Wallace was guilty of the crimes of which he was convicted.”

Juvenile defenders suit settled

Details released after open records request



Two former juvenile indigent defense lawyers have been awarded a total of $75,000 in a negotiated settlement agreement following a lawsuit that brought breach of contract and First Amendment violation charges against the county.

Jasperse sees cautious optimism at legislative session

From medical marijuana to transportation



State Representative Rick Jasperse, who has represented Pickens County as part of his District 11 for four years, sat down with the Progress Friday to discuss the legislative session that opened this week.