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A Christmas Story, The Musical is this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday on the PHS stage. The elaborate stage sets even features a PT Cruiser that was taken apart and reassembled inside the building.
A Christmas Story, The Musical has been rescueduled for December 13, 14, and 15 on the Pickens High School Performing Arts stage. The show will begin each night at 7 p.m. The show was originally planned for last Friday and Saturday but snow forced the cancellation of all the shows.
The musical, many will know from the popular television movie, takes place in the 1940s in Indiana and focuses on a nine-year-old named Ralphie, who desperately wants a BB gun for Christmas - specifically a Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun. The only problem? Everyone is convinced he’ll shoot his
County EMA Director John Nicholson said roads are worse than expected in a Friday mid-day interview. He encouraged the travelling public to stay off the roadways until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest and to “watch it even then and Sunday morning.”
Nicholson said the county crews are working on the roads now and did some limited salt and gravel spreading Thursday night, but the storm got here quicker than they had expected.
“We were expecting it during the day, but not really starting to stick to before 10 a.m. or noon Friday,” he said.
Nicholson said the roads are not expected to improve this afternoon. And, tonight there is a serious risk of black ice, making early morning commutes tomorrow hazardous.
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“There have been a lot of fender-benders but no major wrecks,” Nicholson said in a brief mid-morning interview.
Sidewalks in downtown Jasper were filled with parade-goers wanting to see the festive floats and decorations. Here, Refuge Baptist Church’s float 3rd place winner for Best Theme rolls down the street.
This year’s Night of Lights parade, sponsored by the Jasper Merchants Association, was arguably the best in years, with mild weather drawing a large crowd to downtown Jasper for the festivities.
The day’s events started around 4 p.m. with performances on the main stage in front of the courthouse, followed by a poignant reading of T’was the Night Before Christmas by retired teacher Lawton Baggs, and the parade kickoff at 6 p.m.
Public invited; mountain bike to be given away
One lucky person who attends the December Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast will win this mountain bike as a door prize. Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land’s executive director will talk about new bike trails in north Pickens.
Pickens County Chamber of Commerce breakfasts are typically reserved for members only, but this month the Chamber director felt the topic is of such interest to the community the event is open to the public.
Rape charges against a Hispanic man who spoke little English were thrown out Thursday after several problems with the prosecution’s case and investigation arose in a magistrate court hearing.
Chief Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington ruled that Benjamin Chavez, 56, should be released due to lack of probable cause. Wigington said from the bench that probable cause is a very low threshold to meet, but in this case they had failed. Probable cause is based on a what a reasonable person would consider ample proof that a crime had occurred.
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