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Amendments on the Ballot: Sen. Gooch Reports from the Georgia Senate


        On November 6, when you go in to vote, along with electing leaders on the federal, state and local level, there will be five statewide constitutional amendments and two referendum questions you will have the opportunity to vote on. As you prepare to make your decisions, I want to give you a brief overview of each of the measures at the end of the ballot so you will be prepared when you’re headed to the polls.

Amendment One: If approved would establish the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund and allow upwards of 80 percent of state sales tax revenue collected from sporting goods and outdoor recreation

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Old Tate Depot paranormal investigation finds ghost unhappy with building’s move

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     Paranormal investigator Jeanne Wells scanning for EMF readings inside the Tate Depot. The “anomaly” appears behind her.


By Jeanne Wells

Pickens Paranormal


As I began my night of paranormal investigations of the Tate area, I wondered what kind of haunting adventure this night would bring. It was the hour of dusk, and I had an eerie feeling about the place as the sun slowly went down into the sky, and the night air began to fall into darkness. 

Walking down a somber road by the railroad tracks, I intently gazed at the gravestones in the Tate Cemetery which sits across the street from the Old Tate Depot. I have heard that the Tate section of the cemetery has a lot of ghostly activity. As I walked, my mind began to wander off and I was reminded of the spooky local urban legend about the graveyards in this area.  

Legend has it that on certain days in the early hours of the morning you might still hear the howling whistle of the nearby marble mills which would sound to signify the beginning of the work day. The whistle may no longer be in use today, but some say that it can still be heard. When the whistle blows, it is said that a foggy mist forms over the graves, which some believe to be the spirits of the mill workers rising up from their graves to start another days work.  

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After seven years, Ball Ground project finally clears bureaucratic hurdles

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     At the most recent Ball Ground City Council meeting, City Manager Eric Wilmarth discussed in detail the plans for the long-anticipated Valley Street Streetscapes project. 


By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer


Bids have been awarded in the long-anticipated street scapes project for Ball Ground's Valley Street. The city received a federal grant for the project in 2011, but governmental red-tape delayed the project until now.

At the city council meeting on October 11th, and in what could be described as an understatement, Mayor Rick Roberts said, "All kinds of rules are involved when it comes to federal dollars." Because of the delay and resulting inflationary increases in project costs, some plans had to be scrapped.

Read more: After seven years, Ball Ground project finally clears bureaucratic hurdles

Death sentence upheld for man who killed three year old and parents




Published Monday, October 22, 2018


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Read more: Death sentence upheld for man who killed three year old and parents

PHS Theatre presents The Drowning Girls

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     The Drowning Girls, L-R: Katie Burdett, Hannah Hardison and Lila McArthur.

     Come out and support the back to back region one act drama champions from Pickens High School Theatre this Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 20 at 9 a.m.  The talented students will present the chilling true story of The Drowning Girls.

This gripping story unfolds as "the brides of the Bath,"  Katie Burdett, Hannah Hardison and Lila McArthur, reveal their tragic fates to the audience. The story is told from the perspective of the three victims of serial killer George Joseph Smith, played by Sean Little and is set in Victorian-era England.  

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