Isabelle’s Book Club at the Jail (l-r)– Major June Blackwell, Lt. Heather Wofford and Major Mitch Yeargin from the sheriff’s office with Judy Wyndham, Kathy Ciomek, Kayla Hollifield and Stacy Strongman from the book group.
It’s odd to see a table of brightly colored children’s books sitting the lobby of the county jail, but a new ministry here believes their presence can make an important difference in the lives of children who have parents incarcerated.
The table is manned by volunteers from The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, who are part of Isabelle’s Book Club, a ministry providing free and popular children’s titles to any youth (the books ranged from those for the youngest readers up to Harry Potter titles). The books are donated by Barnes and Noble for the program.
The carpet inside the theater was wet, but the brand new seats were (thankfully) untouched. The stage was fine, all the electrical equipment was fine.
By Nan Nawrocki
Tater Patch Players
The best laid plans of Tater Patch Players have gone dramatically awry. The theater had just begun to cope with the restrictions of COVID-19. They had completed two out of three weekends of a delightful one-act comedy. The audiences were very receptive and they seemed to appreciate the ushers attempts to maintain social distance and laugh at the same time. The director was pleased, as were the cast members. Things were looking up again.
One afternoon, three members were planning to meet to discuss the possibility of doing another one-act comedy. This shorter-play format made the audience comfortable. There was no worry about distancing and safety during the potential “crush” of an intermission. Though the budget was slim, it was going to be something that the Players could
photo/Cherokee County Sheriff's Office
Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office
Cherokee County, Ga. August 19, 2020. Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Chevron on Highway 5 in Ball Ground Wednesday at approximately 5:30 a.m. in reference to a vehicle that had collided with the building. It appears driver of a Chevrolet pick-up, Glen Ashley, 46 of Canton, accidently pressed the accelerator causing the vehicle to drive through the front of the building. The cashier, James Delay, 61, of Jasper, was injured from the collision. He was transported to Kennestone Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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Mike and Amber Lorey, owners of Waldmet Cellars, have 250 gallons of mead ready to sell and 400 gallons in different stages of fermentation for an Aug. 29 opening.
When we mentioned a feature on the new meadery, at least one person thought we meant butcher shop as in meat-ery. The husband and wife owners of Waldmet Cellars, 916 Old Philadelphia Rd., say they have gotten that too.
With two forthcoming microbreweries and wineries already here, Pickens joins a booming trend of communities with locally-produced beer and wine. But with Waldmet Cellars grand opening celebration August 29, from 1-8 p.m., Jasper joins a select number of towns where mead is produced.
The husband and wife team of Mike and Amber Lorey recognize that among their first challenges is educating people that mead is a honey wine and is quite good, not syrupy and not all are sweet. Most of the people they encounter either are completely unfamiliar or say they have heard of it but never had the opportunity to try it.
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Above, State Rep. Rick Jasperse, at the right of Governor Brian Kemp. Kemp signed legislation decreasing the number of Milestone tests in Georgia schools.
Chairman of the House Education Committee Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), working with the Senate and Georgia Department of Education, helped create and passed SB 367 that would reduce Milestones testing in our schools. HB 367 was recently signed by Governor Kemp into law at the capitol. It eliminates five of the mandatory Milestones tests in public schools, dropping the total required to 19 from the current 24. SB 367 does away with one elementary school test: social studies in fifth grade. The other four cover math, science, social studies and language arts in high school. There are currently two tests for each of those subjects, and now there will be one. This bill is response to the concerns of parents and teachers about the negative impacts of excessive high stakes testing.