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Click It to Avoid A Ticket before Memorial Day weekend

Seat belt, speed limits, and other laws to be enforced 


(ATLANTA) State troopers and local law enforcement are asking everyone to make the summer travel season a safe one this year by remembering to click their seat belt or risk being handed a ticket.

With many Georgians expected to be on the road during the Memorial Day holiday weekend,  officers are sharing personal stories of seat belts saving their lives or the lives of others to show why we all need to buckle up on every trip.

Deputy Brandon Farmer is a member of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) team.   Brandon credits a seat belt with saving his life in a crash that killed two of his friends when he was 17 years old.  His two friends were not wearing a seat belt, and one was ejected from the truck on impact with another vehicle.  Losing his friends almost 20 years ago is always on his mind when he has to notify a family that a loved one has been killed in a traffic crash.  

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Folk school expects late summer re-opening

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     It’s little overgrown because of inactivity due to the pandemic, but the Southern Appalachian Folk School hopes to resume classes and programs in a few months.


The Southern Appalachian Folk School in Jasper intends to resume classes and other activities in late summer.

Heather Poole, president of the board of directors at the folk school on D.B. Carroll Street, said she wants people to know, “we’re not dead, we’re still clipping along.”

Poole said the SAFS went dormant with the pandemic and it takes time to re-connect with instructors, arrange classes and promote the offerings but they fully intend to get the school, which both offers classes and hosts occasional shows and events, back into action.

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An unlikely “Million Dollar Wound”

A Memorial Day tribute to all veterans

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      Donnis Fields is pictured here with an M-3 Halftrack. Although not as "glamorous" as a tank, the halftrack was an integral part of any armored division and was often fitted with .30 or .50 caliber machine guns for assault support. The one seen here has been converted to a "self-propelled gun." Halftracks also ferried infantry troops to combat zones and evacuated the wounded from the battlefield.

By Larry Cavender

Progress Contributor  

    Being wounded in battle is by no means ever to be considered a blessing. However, in the long history of conflict, many a soldier has considered one particular type of wound as a true blessing, a wound best described as non-fatal and non-debilitating, but serious enough to result in removal from harm's way and sent home, permanently. This type of injury is known in the parlance of a soldier as "a million dollar wound." This is the story of one man receiving such a wound.

In the spring of 1945, the German Wehrmacht was on its heels. In a few short weeks, Adolf Hitler would commit suicide in his Berlin bunker and the Thousand Year Reich would cease to be after little more than a decade.

Although World War II in Europe was in its final days, the war was still a reality for hundreds of thousands of American servicemen who had fought their way deep into the German Fatherland during the 10 months following the D-Day invasion in Normandy the preceding June.

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

Memorial Day ceremony in Jasper Monday


Col. Robert Cagle will be the keynote speaker.

       In honor of fallen veterans, the North Ga. Mountains Det. Marine Corps League will hold a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 31. 

The ceremony will be held at Sunrise Memorial Gardens Cemetery, located at 364 East Church Street, Jasper. The public is invited to attend this poignant event, which begins at 10 a.m. 

This year, retired Marine Col. Robert Cagle will be the keynote speaker. 

Colonel Robert Cagle, USMCR (Ret.) grew up on his family’s farm in north Georgia.  He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1988 reporting for active duty that year.  Since that time he has served continuously in active and reserve duties.  His assignments are varied within the Marine Corps serving in command and staff positions at every level up to the Division.  

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Teen killed walking home from work

“He was such a wonderful, sweet kid,” said aunt


  A memorial to Peter Genovese was set up at the Walmart in Jasper where he worked. 


     A 19-year-old-year who had bought a one-way ticket to Jasper to make a better life for himself, was struck by a car and killed walking home from work last week.

Peter Genovese had been here about six months before the tragic May 10th accident on North Main which claimed his life two days later.

“It was around Thanksgiving when he came,” said aunt Lydia Marsicek, who lives in Pickens County. “He was such a wonderful kid. He was quiet, but once you got to know him he was just goofy and funny, and a hard worker. He was the oldest of all his siblings so he always had to be the responsible one.”  

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