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Hinton festival going strong, saving tax dollars

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Nancy Roland did a happy dance after winning in the cake walk at Hinton Volunteer Fire Department’s Fall Festival.


Despite a hotly anticipated Georgia Bulldogs game at the same time, hundreds of people turned out for the Hinton Volunteer Fire Department Fall Festival, an annual fundraising event for the west end station. 

“We’ll have 400 people in here after 7 p.m.,” said station chief Jerry Edwards. “After the cake walk we’ll put more tables up on that end of the station and it’ll be jam packed with people playing until after 10:30 tonight.” 

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Two arrested in Ball Ground shooting

LeBlanc   Wohlgemuth

 Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

      Cherokee County, Ga. November 9, 2017. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 12:18am to a residence on Flatbottom Road south of Ball Ground in reference to an unknown trouble call.  When deputies arrived on scene they located a victim who had a gunshot wound to the head.  The victim was able to advise the responding deputies she had been shot by an unidentified male who then fled the residence.  A Criminal Investigations Division investigator made contact with the victim at the hospital and was able to obtain more information in regards to the suspect. 

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Jasper Council votes no to New Year’s party


         Partying local for New Year’s Eve won’t be an option this year after Jasper City Council voted 3-2 against funding the annual celebration, which would have been its fifth year. 

The vote came after a brief presentation from city employee Lonnie Waters, who heads up planning for the event. Waters told council the celebration would cost around $25,000, about what it had in years past. That price included fireworks, DJ, children’s activities, and city employee salaries. 

     See full story in this week's print and online editions. 

Visions of Verse offers open mic style program at library

Visions of Verse


The Southern Collective Experience hosts Visions of Verse the second Saturday of each month at the Pickens County Library. Writers and artists are invited to bring their work out to read/show and get feedback from peers. The next Visions of Verse is Saturday, Nov. 11 from 2 - 4 p.m. Here, Southern Collective Experience founder Clifford Brooks speaks to participants at the October meeting.  


Submitted by Southern Collective Experience founder Clifford Brooks


Visions of Verse is a program initially started to enrich the education of the local GED program.  Named by Holly Holt, the “V of V” outgrew that forum and grew into a larger concept to not only feature poetry, but all forms of artistic expression.   In the spring of 2017, the program moved from Chattahoochee Technical College to the Pickens County Library.  The library has been extremely generous, and now allows the Southern Collective Experience ( to showcase our art, and the

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Sneve and Proctor win Jasper council seats; Green wins Nelson mayoral race

Anne Sneve easily cruised to a third term on the Jasper City Council Tuesday, defeating Ryan O’Dea 222 to 99.

   Dr. Sonny Proctor won his first full term in a hotly contested race, defeating Doug Patterson 236 to 198.

   Following the results, Sneve said she was honored to be returned by the voters for another term. 

   Proctor said that it had been a hard fought battle and “we raised some exciting issues that we can work on together.”

   Patterson congratulated Proctor, saying simply that he had tried and had “enjoyed the experience.”

   O’Dea congratulated  the victors, saying that he will always be there if the city needs him.

  In Nelson, Sylvia Green won the mayoral race over Mike Haviland 81 to 56.

  In a special election for an unexpired term on the Nelson Council Kelsey Riehl won over Lamar Kellett.

  In the regular race Chad Green and James Queen were the top two vote getters, winning seats.