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Christmas parade lights up Jasper

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photo/Max Caylor
    One of the colorful floats from Saturday’s Night of Lights parade sponsored by the Jasper Merchants Association. See tons more photos of  the evening in this week's print or online editions.

By Max Caylor
Contributing writer

    Some 50 festive floats, costumed dancers, multi-colored Jeeps, the PHS Band and more made their way down Main Street during the 10th annual Jasper Merchants Association's Night of Lights parade last Saturday.
    The evening also included Santa, performances and the lighting of the Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn.
    Fifty vendors and five food concessions were available to serve the surprisingly large  crowd of holiday revelers who came out despite the rain.

Report of deputy/motorist collision in hands of D.A.

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A February 14, 2016 wreck involving a Pickens County Sheriff's Deputy left both the deputy and another motorist badly injured. The GSP has recently completed a report on the incident.

Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney Alison Sosebee confirmed Thursday her office has received  the report on a February 14th wreck between a 23-year-old driver and a Pickens deputy  compiled by the Ga. State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team – all 3,000 pages of it.
    The Highway 515 crash left both the driver, Syndel Kabchef of Acworth, and veteran local officer, Sgt. Rick Hales, badly injured. Hales has been released from the hospital and rehabilitation center where he remained for months with spinal injuries but Hales continues to undergo physical therapy. He remains on leave as a deputy.

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

Ga supreme court rules on case involving sex offender registry

Other decisions also released

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Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at www.gasupreme.us .

 

ELLIS V. THE STATE (S16A1246)

            The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously reversed the attempted extortion and perjury convictions against former DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer W. Burrell Ellis, Jr. for his alleged attempts to “shake down” a county contractor for campaign contributions.

Needles found on Nelson walking trail

Residents warned not to touch them, call 911

By Ralph O. Dennis
Contributing writer
    December 5th was the regularly scheduled meeting of the Nelson City Council. The agenda was short to begin with but became shorter as the meeting progressed. The council was scheduled to hear the engineer’s report on the drainage issues on Cherokee and School streets. He was unable to attend the meeting because of a death in his family. The presentation will now be on December 15 at the work session/ public hearing.
    See full story in this week's print or online editions.

Post Office program provides personalized response to your child’s letter to Santa

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NORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the U.S. Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with a North Pole postmark.
    Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:
    1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
    2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.