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GORUCK a mac daddy of endurance events

Royston employees complete event developed by former Green Beret



Marshall Dixon, far right holding flag, Kyle Frantz, second from right, and Adam Swartz, gray shirt kneeling on far right, were three in their team of 19. This photo was taken after they completed the challenge.


A patch. An unassuming black-and-white patch embroidered with “GORUCK Tough” was the prize three Royston employees received after completing the most grueling 17-mile trek of their lives.   

But to Marshall Dixon, Kyle Frantz and Adam Swartz that little patch means a heck of a lot more than all the t-shirts, fancy medals and other swag you get at most physical endurance challenges.  

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Cooling off, Hunger Games style


Angela Reinhardt / Photo

The Pickens County Library put a twist on the classic water balloon fight with their “Water Balloon Hunger Games” Monday. 

Teens lobbed balloons at each other in the yard behind the library, at times ganging up on an unsuspecting individual, and were drenched by the end of the battle. 

The library has a full line-up of summer activities for kids of all ages, including an upcoming Slime-tastic STEM event where teens will learn to make gooey slime, magnetic slime, color-changing slime, glow-in-the-dark slime on June 26th from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Registration is required.

The program is for kids in grades 6-12. For more information contact the library at 706-692-5411. 

Rep. Graves on passage of Wall Street reform bil


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s Financial Services Subcommittee, released the following statement after voting in favor of the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), legislation to repeal and replace the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: 

   “President Obama’s 2010 financial-sector takeover unleashed an avalanche of rules and regulations that killed countless jobs, and stifled the dreams of Main Street families and small businesses by limiting access to capital.

   “Our Wall Street reform bill turns the page on President Obama’s misguided financial takeover. It strikes the right balance between protecting Americans’ financial future and eliminating unnecessary regulations so that more of Georgia’s families, entrepreneurs and businesses can grow and thrive.

   “Importantly, our Wall Street reform bill also protects taxpayers. It ensures working families are never again asked to bail out any financial institution with their hard-earned tax dollars. It cuts the deficit by $24 billion and reforms the rogue Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and brings it under the regular government funding process. Currently, CFPB spends hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars every year without congressional approval.”

    More than 1,900 community financial institutions disappeared after Dodd-Frank was enacted in 2010.

Collins Introduces Legislation to Encourage Rural Broadband Development


“In the twenty-first century, education, jobs and economic success are tied to digital infrastructure, and I’ve introduced the GO Act to increase broadband investment in rural America through smarter, simpler policies based on market competition.”

 WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) introduced the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act to promote broadband development in rural and economically disadvantaged areas.

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GBI testing in overdoses related to counterfeit pills

   Decatur, GA – On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab received evidence related to the reported overdoses in the Central Georgia area.  Preliminary results indicate a mixture of two synthetic opioids, with one of the drugs being consistent with a new fentanyl analogue.  This fentanyl analogue has not previously been identified by the GBI Crime Lab.  Due to the nature of the analysis, testing to confirm the full identity of the drug will require additional time.  The GBI Crime Laboratory continues to make the analysis a priority.

   The Georgia Department of Communications through their communications office issued additional information, “As of June 7, there are reports of six additional overdose cases possibly related to fake Percocet. None of these cases have been confirmed as overdoses related to the street drugs. Georgia Poison Center is currently working with the hospitals and gathering more information to determine whether these additional cases are connected to the cluster of overdoses reported in the past three days.

   There are no additional reports of deaths possibly related to street drugs purporting to be Percocet.

   The GBI has obtained evidence related to these overdoses and is performing drug analysis on the pills.

   The critical message to the public is to call 9-1-1 immediately if they suspect someone may have taken the pills. Because the makeup of these drugs is still unknown, extreme caution should be used when dealing with an individual who may have overdosed or ingested the substance. Do not handle the pills. Opioid overdose is a very dangerous condition that can result in permanent physical and mental damage, even death, if medical treatment is not administered right away.”

 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Poison Center, hospitals, local, state, and federal partners are working jointly on this investigation. 


[The GBI has recently warned of overdoses due to deadly new opiods.]