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THE STATE V. HAMILTON (S19A0722)
The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld a Barrow County judge’s order granting a new trial to Paul Lamar Hamilton, who was convicted by a jury of shooting and killing his nephew. Relying on his statutory authority to sit as a “13th juror,” the judge granted the new trial after determining that the jury’s verdict “was contrary to the evidence and principles of justice and equity.”
According to the evidence, Hamilton owned a mobile home at 1302 Charlie Hall Road in Barrow County.
LOCK IT UP - The sheriff's office urges you to lock your car at home and take valuables inside.
Sheriff investigators suspect that the group who illegally entered 20 cars in two subdivisions off Worley Crossroads Saturday may be better organized and potentially more dangerous than the typical teens who pilfer from unlocked vehicles.
The Pickens Sheriff’s Office reported over the weekend that “during the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 24th, Pickens County experienced a rash of entering-auto criminal activity. Two particular neighborhoods, Wild Timber and Winchester Oaks, were targeted. More than 20 vehicles were illegally entered by unknown individuals, resulting in various stolen property, including firearms. One 2019 Ford Explorer was stolen, and later recovered, in the metro-Atlanta area.”
photo / Progress archives
The building which now houses the Southern Appalachian Folk School was once a "happening" place a little more than a half century ago. Local civic organizations sponsored the teen canteen every Saturday night where young people could dance to the latest hits. News clippings from around the time of the Teen Canteen opening said it was an instant success. Well over 100 teens came to the opening, and this clipping from early 1964 says the venue attracted 200 teens the night the photo was taken.
"There's nothing to do in this town!" is a refrain often heard from teenagers who often look with envy upon the more fortunate youth in larger, more exciting towns, who, invariably, also complain of "nothing to do."
Perhaps, it's in the DNA of young people to complain of "nothing to do." Has this always been true? It seems every generation of adolescents bemoans the lack of entertainment in their hometowns.
Fifty years ago, when young female fashion was transitioning from poodle skirts to mini-skirts and
Photo / Angela Reinhardt
Construction of a new “RCUT” is nearly complete, but officials say GDOT has ignored local complaints about the project.
Following an August 8th Progress article where the Ga. Department of Transportation spokesperson discussed work installing a median at the Antioch Church intersection on Highway 515, the mayor of Jasper and a longtime Talking Rock council member issued harsh statements.
Talking Rock Council Member Cheryl Sams, who has served for years and previously as the mayor of the small town, said she felt the DOT had misled people. She particularly was chagrined that they ignored the complaints of citizens as well as official requests to stop that project by the cities of Jasper and Talking Rock.
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Ralph O. Dennis
The Nelson City Council approved a new seal for the city at their called meeting Thursday, August 15.
The old seal that had a depiction of the marble quarry in the center is gone. The new seal will have a depiction of two men facing each other with tools in their hands prying apart two blocks of marble. In the background is a mountain. This seal is more related to the “mill” in Nelson than the quarry in Tate. The council also adopted new signage for the city limits and the buildings.