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"A Christmas Story" starts this weekend

tater Visiting Santa

        Photo/Maralie Thomas

Visiting Higbee's :  (Top row, l-r) Stella Galligan, Santa himself, Maddy Anderson, Dylan Lo, Jasmine Grindstaff.  (Middle row, l-r) Corley Leathers,  Katie Houck, Silas  Thomas, Felicity Evans. (Front row, l-r)  AJ Barnes, Preston Leathers,  Grayson Ludington, Will Leathers, Lannah Waldrip.  Not pictured: Kaylee Clark, Edy Countryman, Violet Peel.


By Nan Nawrocki

Tater Patch


Tater Patch Players is proud to present "A Christmas Story" for you this holiday season. The cast and crew have worked many hours to bring you this live version of the traditional holiday story. Please come join us beginning November 23 for nine hilarious and heart-warming performances.  

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Troopers brace for busy Thanksgiving travel period


     “In an effort to reduce traffic crashes and deter bad driving behaviors, troopers will be patrolling interstates and secondary roads throughout the state during the holiday period”, said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

According to AAA, this year we will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005. They are predicting that the vast majority of travelers – 48.5 million – will be traveling by automobile.

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Holiday shopping season off to hot start

holiday market

Max Caylor / Photo

Last weekend’s Holiday Market at Chattahoochee Tech marked the beginning of the shopping season in Jasper. Organizers say the event was the largest market to date, and proceeds benefit non-profit and charitable organizations throughout Pickens County. 


By Gwen Brandon


The eighth annual Holiday Market held last weekend at Chattahoochee Tech was the largest market held in Jasper to date with a record number of vendors and booths. 

With an all-day full parking lot at Chattahoochee Tech, Saturday attendance also exceeded expectations. Friday night’s food was a true “extravaganza of regional and worldly tastes.” 

Michelle Robertson said, “The Holiday Market in Jasper team is the hardest, most talented bunch of women I’ve ever had the honor of working with. They give their time, talents and energy to an event that gives 100% back to

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Winter Farmers Market ideal spot for gifts

farmers market indoors

Be sure and come the next market on November 24 at Pickens County Chamber building.


By Heather Giambra

Hooray for the holidays. Our first winter market got off with a real chill. An early freeze this year, however, it was a full market of crafts, cakes and coffee. Knitting, sewing, and crochet was well represented, including locally home-grown yarn. Hugs & Kisses by Antonia had plenty of knitted items like placemats, washcloths and even plant pots with sweater covers. A creative idea for indoors or out.

Two Daughters Bakery enticed the customers with slices of Cranberry White Chocolate cake. It was definitely, a holiday season flavor surprise, that had some licking their lips just thinking about it.

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