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A treasure hunt that rocks: Pickens County GA Rocks Facebook page takes off


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Angela Reinhardt / Photo

Rock painting, hiding and hunting is a popular activity across the country, with local Facebook groups popping up everywhere. Above, some rocks recently hidden in Pickens County.

It was an hour or so after I first spoke with “Pickens County GA Rocks” Facebook page founder Cindy McPherson that I decided to go on a rock hunt of my own. 

She’d given be a brief explanation of the painted rock hiding/finding phenomenon that’s sweeping the nation, and I’d spotted a clue on the Facebook page for a rock hidden at a location that was on my way to Ball Ground. The clue was a photo of a small rock painted with the word “God” and placed on a concrete patio ledge. The photo caption read, “You have to be ‘quick’ to find this one.”    

Crash takes life of Canton teen


Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office - Cherokee County, Ga. June 20, 2017.  The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 1:52pm on Hightower Road east of Lower Creighton Rd.  The vehicle, a Dodge Ram truck, was traveling westbound on Hightower Road when it left the roadway traveling down an embankment and struck a tree.  The driver, a 17 year old male of Canton, was transported to the hospital and the passenger, a 16 year old juvenile of Canton, was declared deceased at the scene.  The names will not be released pending notification of the families.  The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting the investigation into the accident.

Gas prices down 3.6 cents

     Georgia, GA, June 19- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.13/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.28/g, according to gasoline price website
     Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 8.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 4.5 cents per gallon lower than

Parents who murdered 3-year-old daughter lose appeal in Ga. Supreme Court




            The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled in favor of the State in a lawsuit brought by three obstetrician-gynecologists who challenged as unconstitutional a Georgia law that prohibits most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

In today’s ruling, the high court has unanimously upheld a Fulton County court order that dismissed the lawsuit.

Tai Chi to tribal grooves

Holistic Health Fair packs vendors with unusual offerings


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Dan Pool / Photo

“You can’t go wrong doing Qigong,” says instructor Lisa Pasila of Bent Tree, at front. Qigong was just one of many classes, seminars and vendor demonstrations Saturday at the Holistic Health Fair in Roper Park community center.



If you were looking for belly-dancing (exercise that helps you “get in touch with the feminine and even some guys need to get in touch with their feminine side”);

Or, a sugar-foot rub (sugar removes toxins according to the massage therapist);

Or, a Qigong class ( “You can’t go wrong if you are doing Qigong”), the Holistic Health Fair Saturday at the Community Center in Roper Park brought them all to town.

Local crowds seemed a little thin but enthusiastic for a first–time event that brought more than 50 vendors, teachers and speakers here.