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New restaurant owner discusses plans for Old Mulehouse

Gastropub slated to open in former NAPA building

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Old Mulehouse owners George and Pano Koulouris want to keep many of the unique features of the building, like the silhouette of a staircase on one wall seen above. 

      “It’s going to be like a gastropub,” said The Old Mulehouse co-owner George Koulouris as he gave this reporter a brief tour of the prominent Main Street building that’s been vacant for over a decade. 

     “It’s funny,” he said laughing. “I actually can’t stand the name gastropub - it sounds like you’re going to be sick at the bar - but we’re going to have elevated pub food and Georgia wines and beer. We want to be a place Jasper can really be proud of.” 

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Chattahoochee Tech shows off new carpentry lab

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Carpentry instructor Bill Mullis shows off new equipment at the Chattahoochee Tech campus to state rep. Rick Jasperse and school president Ron Newcomb during an open house last week.

It may seem like a simple assignment, students begin their career track in the new Chattahoochee Tech carpentry lab building sawhorses – the catch is they need to have edges straight and joints tight. 

As carpentry instructor Bill Mullis, with his 25 years of construction experience, explained holding up a basic tape measure, “this is the most important tool.”

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No new trial for man convicted of murder, rules Supreme Court



Published Monday, April 29, 2019


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High-fives all around for jobs well done

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Olympians gathered at the Pickens High gymnasium Friday to compete for medals and have an all-around good time during the annual Special Olympics. Students from all the schools, along with clients from the Burnt Mountain Center, participated in a variety of games such as the wheelchair race, 50-meter walk, softball toss, 100-meter dash,  hippity hop race, balloon pop, shot put and running long jump. Pictured, Pickens High School Principal Chris Wallace is congratulating a first place winner. 

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Deputy Defoor recovering after grim diagnosis


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Cassie Defoor, who is beating the odds in her recovery from brain damage caused by a routine surgery, enjoys a visit from her 10-year-old son at the Shepherd Center’s Secret Garden. Click here to go to her GoFundMe page to help with medical bills. 


Pickens Sheriff’s Deputy Cassie Defoor is defying the odds. 

The 30-year-old deputy is making miraculous strides after a routine procedure went awry and left her in a medically induced coma with grim chances of recovery in February.

“They told me this could be it,” said her mother Brenda Negrete. “She was in a vegetative state and they said this might be all we would get, and I’d have to decide at that point what we wanted to do with her. It was very scary, but I told them right there I refused to accept that. I knew she was going to get better. I held strong to God and faith.”   

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