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Garden club to raffle photo of 100 year old Tate House tree

tate house tree pic


      The Amicalola Garden Club is selling raffle tickets for a colored canvas (24” X 36”) photo taken by talented local photographer George B. Armstrong. This is a photo of the iconic Chin-ka-pin Oak Tree that was located at the entrance to the Georgia Marble Company Memorial Plant on Tate House grounds. The tree was well over 100 years old and in the 1920s it began to show signs of decay and dying. Colonel Sam Tate employed a

Ball Ground's 135th birthday party


Photo from Larry Cavender’s personal collection

Still rocking - Ball Ground was a happening place in the 1920s and 1930s. The first “hey day,” shown above in a photo of Main Street, is believed to have been taken around 1930. Now the town, which will turn 135 years old Saturday, is in a “reawakening” period. See pages 9-12A in the print or online edition for a look at the unique history of the small town.

By Larry Cavender 

Contributing writer


A celebration is planned for this Saturday to honor the anniversary of Ball Ground's incorporation as a city in 1883. The "birthday party" is being co-sponsored by the city of Ball Ground and the Ball Ground Historical Society and will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Ball Ground Community Building.

Everyone is invited to this event which will include booths and/or tables sponsored by past and present businesses, churches, civic organizations and individuals who will be displaying vintage photos and other memorabilia. A number of vintage antique cars are expected to be on display. 

Nancy Madden Sosebee, president of the Ball Ground Historical Society, said of the event, "It's a birthday party, so of course, there will be cake." The party is free to anyone who would enjoy celebrating the town's 135th birthday and sharing memories of the community.

All “children of Earth” welcome to Spirit Dance

Twelve Stone Farm entrance sign


A sacred spirit dance will be held at Twelve Stone Farm in Talking Rock. Red Turtle, organizer of the event, said everyone is welcome because “everyone is on the Medicine Wheel.” The Twelve Stone Farm sign includes an image of the Medicine Wheel. 


Red Turtle, a member of the Metis tribe and a Pickens resident, is inviting the community to a sacred Native American Spirit Dance in Talking Rock to “unite with our ancestors,” and “restore our life so that it is in harmony with Earth and our fellow man.” 

“Everyone is welcome,” Red Turtle said from his Tate home, which is adorned with Native American art

Murder conviction reversed, and other opinions of the Supreme Court




Published Monday, September 24, 2018


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The Supreme Court of Georgia has reversed the murder conviction and life prison sentence given to Michael Denay Grant, while it has upheld the murder conviction and life-without-parole prison sentence given to his co-defendant, Richard Davidson.

Geocaching couple hiding local treasures

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Dan Pool/ Photo

Jay and Angie Bird show off one of six geocache sites at the Talking Rock Nature Preserve. All the caches at the park were hidden with beginning geocachers in mind.


There would be a huge trove of witty headlines if Pickens residents Jay and Angie Bird had actually met through geocaching.

They didn’t. They first met about 20 years ago and then re-connected, the modern old-fashioned way – online.

So, of no use are headlines like Geocaching Your Way to My Heart or GPS Coordinates to Love.