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Armed Robbery on Riverstone Parkway (Canton)

Updated -- See security video from robbery


Canton Police Press Release

On Friday, November 22, 2103 at approximately 11:20 am an Armed Robbery occurred at Cartersville Jewelry Exchange, 1552 Riverstone Parkway Ste 170 Canton (Next to Wal-Mart). Two suspects entered the store armed with a handguns and demanded employees to get on the ground. They attempted to smash out the glass display cases to remove contents. The suspects may have taken some jewelry from the display cases (unknown dollar amount at this time).


First winter Farmers’ Market Saturday


winter farmers-market


Come and support local growers, bakers and crafters as we hold our first winter Market of the season. For the first time you will be able to buy locally grown fall and winter vegetables. You will still be able to purchase chemical-free beauty products, laundry soap and one of a kind jewelry pieces, blankets, scarfs, purses as well as cutting and cheese boards, wooden toys and wind chimes.

Free range chicken and eggs will still be available and Cole’s Lake Creamery will have a variety of artisan goat’s milk cheeses. Roxanne will have her wonderful oat and cheese breads. Sasha his handpicked and mixed spices. Mimi from Royal Rose Bakery will be joining our group of wonderful baked goods vendors and pasta maker Mary Blandford has a wonderful line of dried pasta, including low and gluten free varieties. Mary grinds her own grains for the artisan pasta and has varieties which include kale, spinach or mushrooms. She will also make fresh lasagna and ravioli to order.

At the Master Gardener tent we will have a demonstration: Decorate your Thanksgiving table. Join us at 10.30 a.m. A lucky winner will get to take home the demonstration piece.

Come and fill your pantry with food as fresh as it is healthy. Support your local growers and crafts people.

The Jasper Farmers Market is a project of the Pickens County Master Gardeners.



Pickens GOP to look at economy Sept. 10

Is the state of the U.S. economy operating at a new norm-if so, what is causing it?  

By Rich Andersen, VC for Programs, Pickens County Republican Party 

            This is the topic for the Pickens County Republican Party’s September 10, 2013 meeting to be held at the Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College at 7 p.m.  The speaker is Dr. Don Sabbarese, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Kennesaw State University.

Considering the high unemployment rate and the anemic state of the U.S. economy, the possibility that this is a new norm is disturbing.  

Many external factors may be having a negative impact on the U.S. economy.  Many of the Eurozone economies are struggling to escape their continued economic malaise, and the emerging economies of China, Brazil, Indonesia, and India are experiencing slower growth rates

With 90 percent of county budget in personnel, commissioners says 2014 cuts will be tough

    District Commissioner Jerry Barnes told the other commissioners during a break in the budget hearings October 29th that a constituent had approached him recently saying he didn’t care what they did with the budget as long as they could justify it.

Barnes said this might be the only person who has not advocated cuts in the county’s $20 million preliminary budget as the three person board of commissioners continue work on the 2014 spending plans. “I was floored,” he said.

“That is a rare sentiment,” said Commissioner Becky Denney, who along with Commission Chair Rob Jones agreed that the prevailing sentiment among the public has been to cut, cut, cut.

This Tuesday, the commissioners reviewed the results from the preliminary hearings compiled in 500 page binders presented to the three commissioners. 

Execution set for Ga. inmate who murdered fellow prisoner



From Office of the Attorney General


Georgia Department of Law


Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Warren Lee Hill, who is currently scheduled to be executed on July 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.


Scheduled Execution


On July 3, 2013, the Superior Court of Lee County filed an order, setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Warren Lee Hill may occur to begin at noon, July 13, 2013, and ending seven days later at noon on July 20, 2013. The Commissioner of the Department of Corrections has set the execution for July 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.


Hill’s Crime (1990)


In August of 1990, Hill and the victim, Joseph Handspike, were both incarcerated for murder at the Lee Correctional Institution (hereinafter Lee C.I.).  Hill was serving a life sentence for murdering his 18-year-old girlfriend, Myra Wright, in 1986 by shooting her 11 times.


During Hill’s trial for the Handspike’s murder, a Lee C.I. correctional officer testified that at 5:10 a.m., he heard a loud noise emanating from the inmates' sleeping quarters in Wing C.  Upon entering the wing to investigate, the officer witnessed Hill bludgeoning the victim, who was lying in his bed.  The officer quickly returned to his station, called for backup, and opened the security gate to allow other officers to enter and assist.  He then returned to the scene and saw that Hill had ceased beating the victim.  The officer demanded that Hill surrender his weapon, and Hill complied handing over the board he had used in the beating.