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Five sought in connection with murder


By Andy Ashurst


Times Courier


Authorities are looking for five people in connection with the murder of a woman which occurred in Gilmer County.

Murder warrants have been issued for Megan Alyssa Colone, 30, of Stone Mountain; Juan Ayala-Rodriguez, 35, of Gainesville; Oscar Manuel Garcia, 26, of Austell; and Mario Alberto Barbosa-Juarez, 29, of Oklahoma City, Okla., according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation press release. Authorities are seeking help in identifying a fifth suspect.

“We can’t comment on why or how, but we feel real comfortable these people are not in the area,” said Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson.

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Tater Patch Players are back with a romantic comedy

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Tater Patch Players is back in full swing with their upcoming comedy romp A Funny Little Thing Called Love by the comedy writing trio of Jones, Hope, and Wooten.  This show is a comedy romp that's reminiscent of shows like Carol Burnett.  The play leads us around the world, following a romantically enchanting full moon.

This comedy might give audience members some romantic ideas, but it's guaranteed to give everyone an evening of laughs. The play's first scene is set in a busy San Francisco TV newsroom where romance and more put in a very unexpected appearance. Chelsea Walker, Nancy Loy and Tater Patch newcomer Derek Perry kick off the laughs. Quickly, we move on to Dallas. The title of the second scene is “The Lone Star Ladies Justice Brigade.”  Alex Nawrocki plays a wanna-be Romeo who finds himself with too much romance for one man – even a Texan. Nancy Loy, Kim Martin, Phyllis Zerkle and Nan Nawrocki are the Texas ladies who deliver some rib-tickling “tough love.”  

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“The Queen is Not Happy”: Board chair’s texts show plot to oust former superintendent, says Impact Pickens group

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Impact Pickens President Steve Lowe expressed “disgust” with behavior of top school officials during a town hall meeting Saturday. Their presentation featured numerous text messages the group obtained through open records requests.

        A trove of text messages from School Board Chair Sue Finley obtained by a group seeking to recall other school board members shows plans existed to oust former Superintendent Rick Townsend months before he was terminated.

The more-than 350 printed pages of texts, some only fragments, from Finley’s phone were presented by Impact Pickens Saturday at a town hall meeting. They  included dozens between Finley and former Assistant Superintendent Tony Young detailing plans to have Townsend terminated and then bring back his predecessor Dr. Carlton Wilson in a two-part scheme. 

        See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

Supt. Young responds: “A great smear campaign”



  Pickens School Superintendent Tony Young and School Board Attorney Phil Landrum were in the final stages of preparing a 13 or 14-page point-by-point, response to the Impact Pickens presentation Tuesday. However, it wouldn’t be ready by presstime with final reviews expected to take a good bit of time.

In the meantime, Young agreed to an interview with the Progress with Landrum attending to clarify any legal points.

Young began by saying that Impact Pickens had put together a “great smear campaign” against him by linking disjointed texts together to make them form a narrative that they wanted it to form.

      See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

Health Depts. offer no appointment COVID vaccines


At ALL Health Dept COVID-19 Clinic Sites in North Georgia: April 26 – 29!


North (GA) - Georgians 16 and older still have the opportunity to walk in to one of our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics with NO Appointment! Public Health Departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties will take clients with no appointment at their current COVID-19 vaccine clinic sites April 26TH thru 29TH from 9 AM to 3 PM. There is NO Cost to clients.*  Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be offered, as available. Teens ages 16 to 18 are only permitted Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Pfizer is most reliably available in Whitfield County.  Addresses for the county public health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics are as follows:


Pickens County:  Pickens County Recreation Department, 1329 Camp Road, Jasper, GA 30143


Cherokee County:  Canton First Baptist Church, 1 Mission Point, Canton, GA 30114


Fannin County:  Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge, 124 Jones Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30213


Gilmer County:  Piedmont Community Center, 824 Industrial Blvd., Ellijay, GA 30540


Murray County:  Murray County Parks & Recreation Dept, 651 Hyden Tyler Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705




Whitfield County:  Whitfield County Health Department, 800 Professional Blvd, Dalton, GA 30720


*Health insurance accepted IF presented, but there is NO out-of-pocket expense to clients!