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Schools gear up for the first day

Harmony sees largest new enrollment
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For information about the upcoming school year click here to see this week’s special school insert, which includes profiles of each school and other important information for parents. 
   

    At their July meeting, the Pickens County school board seemed pleased about student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year, with 93 new students signed up during countywide registration.  
    Harmony Elementary saw the highest new student enrollment at 26; followed by 13 at Hill City Elementary; then 12 at both Jasper Elementary and Pickens High; eight for the pre-k program; nine at Tate Elementary; seven at Pickens County Middle; and six at Jasper Middle. 

Last chance to see The Fox on the Fairway, this weekend

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By Pat Northcutt and Nan Nawrocki

This weekend is the last chance to see "The Fox on the Fairway," by Ken Ludwig. This hilarious comedy romp deals with golf, romance, bad golf, bad romance, and country club rivalries. It does so in a wildly comic way, with everything from a golf lesson on the Tap Room floor, to an inebriated cha-cha, to a wild chase and playing "catch" with a priceless antique. Don't miss your last chance to see it.  Final performances are July 22, 23, both at 7:30 p.m. and July 24 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $14 for students. They may be bought in advance, which Tater Patch recommends for this final weekend, at www.taterpatchplayers.org

Coming up in August:  Four Tater Patch fan favorites are hard at work rehearsing "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change", an exciting musical addition to 2016's Year of Comedy. Buffy Bezdek, Patrick Hall, Vanessa Stancil and John Tinsley bring to life the funny side of relationships, from first date to death, in a series of vignettes for an adult audience.

First produced off Broadway in 1995, this musical ran for nine years and is highly acclaimed as a consistent crowd pleaser. This "must see" show will run for two weeks only, on Fridays August 12 and 19; Saturdays August 13 and 20, and Sundays August 14 and 21. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30, while the Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m.  

Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and $14 for students. This show is not eligible for season ticket holders, but current season ticket holders will be able to select tickets just for them at a reduced price either online or at the box office. Online tickets are available at www.taterpatchplayers.org.  The box office opens one hour before show time for each performance.

The theater is located at 95 Philadelphia Lane, off Old Philadelphia Road, near the Wal-Mart. For any Tater Patch question or need, please email the troupe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a phone message at 706-253-2800.  Someone will be in touch to help you.

 

Main Stop Market burglary work of professionals, police say

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    Plywood covers the door of Main Stop Market after it was smashed during a robbery on July 13th.

    It took four robbers less than three minutes to break in and make off with the safe from Main Stop Market, in the early morning hours of July 13th.
    Jasper Police Sgt. Matt Dawkins said the work appears tied to a criminal group that has committed a rash of commercial burglaries in north Georgia including Lumpkin County, Cherokee County, Gainesville, Cleveland and Dalton, primarily at convenience stores.

A local man’s “giant leap for mankind"

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Billy Childers relaxing at his home in Ball Ground. Childers worked for 41 years with the space program including the Apollo moon landings and the Space Shuttle Program.

By Larry Cavender
Contributing writer

    "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Those memorable words were declared by Neil Armstrong 47 years ago this week when he first set foot on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969 as the commander of Apollo 11. A local connection to Armstrong, the moon landing, and many other NASA space missions is a Ball Ground resident who worked with the space program for forty-one years.

Tuesday final day to vote in school board election

Dismal turnout for school board election

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    “Slow. Slow. Slow.”
    That’s how Pickens’ Elections and Registration Supervisor Julianne Robertson described the runoff turnout for a school board seat, which pits incumbent Mike Cowart against Katherine White.