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Laying groundwork for Veterans Park

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Damon Howell / Photo

The future Veterans Memorial Park in Pickens County made headway Monday evening with Cub Scout pack #84 and Master Gardener Larry Brogdon sprucing up the area in Lee Newton Park. The Scouts used the opportunity to help the veterans and to log community service time. Representatives from local veterans groups North Ga. Mtn. Marine Corps League Detachment 1280, American Legion Post 149, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 47 were present to see the project move along. Plans are to have a stone memorial for each branch of the military with the names of those who gave their lives in combat, surrounded by sitting benches and a brick walkway. Jim Elrod of American Legion Post 149 said, “We did this to let everyone know we are going to do this project.” If you would like to donate to this project, call 706-253-0501 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A photo of the whole group can be seen on Page 7A in the print and online editions

Supreme Court suppresses confession from man who beat girlfriend with golf club



            When a man goes on trial in Fulton County on charges that he brutally beat his girlfriend with a golf club, then stabbed her to death, the jury will hear nothing about the man’s videotaped confession to the crime.

Under a decision today, written by Justice Robert Benham, the Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld a lower court’s decision and ruled unanimously that the man’s statement was not “voluntary,” as the law requires, and it must therefore be suppressed.

Read more: Supreme Court suppresses confession from man who beat girlfriend with golf club

Ball Ground man charged in home invasion


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Justin Pruitt, 29, Ball Ground, was arrested at a hotel in Canton before sunrise on April 10 after warrants were put out for his arrest for a home invasion earlier this month. 

According to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office incident report, officers were dispatched at approximately 4:24 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4 to Old Mill Road off Highway 20 in reference to an armed robbery attempt. The caller, Mitchell Lingerfelt, told officers Pruitt entered his home with another man and robbed the home with a shotgun. 

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Beaver’s biscuit makers win big Bojangles’ franchisee announces its Master Biscuit Maker winner


        The Bojangles’ made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuit, made hot and fresh every 20 minutes, is iconic across the Southeast. The biscuit is so important to Bojangles’ that each year, Bojangles’ franchisee Acorn Food Group hosts its own internal biscuit-making competition, the Master Biscuit Maker Challenge.

Acorn Food Group recently announced the winners of their Master Biscuit Maker Challenge:

·1st Place: Gabby Sosa, Towne Lake Bojangles’ (2072 Eagle Drive, Woodstock)

·2nd Place: Darryl Johnson, Hickory Flat Bojangles’ (3010 East Cherokee Drive, Canton)

·3rd Place: Marion Sykes, Canton Bojangles’ (1665 Ball Ground Highway, Canton)

Read more: Beaver’s biscuit makers win big Bojangles’ franchisee announces its Master Biscuit Maker winner

Wayne Poore named Veteran of the Year

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American Legion Post Commander Richard Rice, pictured at left, presents a plaque to Wayne Poore, who was named the Veteran of the Year for Pickens County.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer    

     Wayne Poore, who served 20 years in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1984, including three tours in Vietnam, was named Veteran of the Year by American Legion Post 149.

       American Legion Post 149 Commander, Richard Rice pointed out that Poore "is not just the Veteran of the Year for Post 149, but for all of Pickens County." Recently, Poore, who retired with the rank of Captain, has been instrumental in efforts to establish and raise funds for the Pickens County Veterans Memorial.

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