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Jasper cyclist touring U.S hit by car



   Photo of McGhee crossing into Texas on his bicycle. Unfortunately for McGhee his ride around the country suffered a set back after he was hit by a car in Navasota, Texas.

     While cycling along a farm to market road in southeastern Texas Monday, Mike McGhee was struck by a vehicle, breaking his shoulder, mangling his bike and cracking his guitar.

“Actually I’m in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in. I’m extremely lucky,” McGhee joked during a phone interview from his hotel in Navasota, Texas where he will spend a few days recovering. “I’ve got a broken shoulder, but it’s not really that bad - it doesn’t require surgery.”

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Don’t say “yes” to latest phone scam



Update: a reader has directed us to a Snopes report where apparently the scam story is not true or at least the "yes" has no real value. Here is the link We would still encourage people to be cautious with revealing any personal information, regardless of whether the yes is crucial for a scam or not.


If someone you don’t know asks if you can hear them on the phone, just say no.

A very tricky phone scam is making the rounds and at least one Pickens County home has received the scam call.

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website, this is an old scam from the business world, but has recently been used against individuals.

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Court upholds ruling in case where wrong baby buried after hospital mislabeled stillborn remains


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Trout stocking will begin earlier in 2017



Take advantage of beautiful spring weather and plan a trout fishing trip to the north Georgia Mountains! How about an early trout stocking to sweeten the deal?

The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will cooperatively stock 40,000 trout in Georgia during the week of Mar. 6, giving anglers their first opportunity to harvest some freshly stocked trout in 2017.  Regular weekly stockings for the 2017 stocking season begin on Mar. 20, when an additional 70,000 trout will hit the water. 

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Tater Patch Players 2017 season opens with plays, auditions, and children's theater



Taming of the Shrew opens this week - Gremio (Steve Lewis), woos Bianca (Emily Trossarello) as Lucentio (Kenneth Farmer) and Hortensio (Tony Grienger) also fight for her attention.


By Nan Nawrocki


Tater Patch opens its exciting 2017 season this Friday with a classic comedy from Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew. There will be laughter, romance, disguises and tomfoolery  on the stage. Besides the talents of the actors to amuse your ears, set designer Bob Countryman and costume designer Audrey Kirsten have created a vivid tapestry of onstage color to delight the eyes.

Performance dates are March 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.  Tickets are available now on line at March 2 will be Share Night, our final dress rehearsal. If you would like to see the show but can't buy a ticket, come this evening and bring a bag of non-perishable food or toiletry items for CARES and share our entertainment.   

You can find the theater at 95 Philadelphia Lane in Jasper.  If you have a group, or any questions, call us at 706-253-2800 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

As soon as  "The Shrew" has gotten underway, more auditions will be held for May's Inherit the Wind. Auditions will be by reading from the script and will take place March 5 from 1-3 p.m. and March 6 from 6-8 p.m..  You need only attend one, but may try out on both days if you like. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. 

This is an award-winning drama, based in the historic "Scopes Trial." The story concerns much more than the issue of teaching creationism that is on the surface. Freedom of thought is on trial, seasoned with an underlying contrast of city vs. rural principles. Auditions were held recently for some of the larger roles, but there are still almost 20 roles to be cast. Most are for men, some are moderate in size, some with only one or two lines. If you have been wanting to try out acting, these roles are an ideal starting place and the director encourages you to try out.  

On May 31 and June 1 and 2, in the mornings, Tater Patch will have a three-day youth workshop on many aspect of acting. At the end of the workshop, on June 2 and 4, auditions will be held for the summer Youth Theater Production "Charlotte's Web". Mark your calendars and look for upcoming information on these activities for the young people of our community.