Pickens native Joe Robinette’s play comes to Jasper
A Christmas Story, The Musical hits the stage this Friday and Saturday at Pickens High School. The elaborate stage sets even features a PT Cruiser that was taken apart and reassembled inside the building.
A Christmas Story, The Musical will hit the PHS stage this weekend and a former Jasper resident and 1956 Pickens High graduate, Joe Robinette, is the man who penned the script. The play opened on Broadway in November 2012.
At PHS, Robinette played sports, was senior class president, and took part in two plays. He went on to become a professor emeritus at Rowan University and has written over 50 plays that have been published in numerous languages around the world. He has collaborated with E.B. White on the official
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If you missed Santa in Talking Rock, look for him in Ball Ground Friday and in Jasper on Saturday and at businesses around the area. See Christmas event information throughout this edition.
By Ralph O. Dennis
With absolutely perfect weather, the town of Talking Rock held its annual Christmas tree lighting Saturday. The tree site and festivity area was moved in front of the caboose where it was several years ago.
The last two years the town went with a living tree planted beside the old schoolhouse. Both of those trees died and with that in mind, the council decided to move it back to the old location and use a cut tree.
David Laws lost his daughter Laura to a drug overdose when she was 17. Laws helped get the Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty law passed and wants to keep overdoses from happening to other families.
For Pickens County resident David Laws, opioid overdoses aren’t just statistics. Four years ago, Laws lost his daughter to an overdose and he has dedicated his life to keeping them from happening in the future.
His daughter Laura’s battle with drugs began like so many others who become substance abusers. She was prescribed a liquid opioid after she broke her jaw playing sports in high school. That was when she was 15. It was just two years later when she OD’d at a friend’s house. Laura had been in and out of recovery, including detox and a 30-day residential treatment program, but her addiction finally won.
By Diane Wagner
Legislation banning the use of cellphones while driving is being drafted for the upcoming Georgia General Assembly session and, this time around, Rep. Eddie Lumsden expects wide support.
Texting while driving was banned in 2010, but the Armuchee Republican — who serves on the House Distracted Driving Study Committee — said the compromise bill failed to stem the rise of accidents with injuries or fatalities.
“The texting law is really ineffective,” Lumsden said Wednesday. “The penalties aren’t stringent enough and there are many loopholes.”
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While some local retailers reported better than normal Black Friday sales this year, others said Small Business Saturday brought more people into their stores. And overall, retailers said they are seeing similar numbers from last year.
An interesting observation made by two downtown merchants was that out-of-town shoppers made a noticeable impact in their holiday weekend sales.
At the Bargain Barn, Cynthia Spriggs said their advertised firearm specials left them “quite pleased” with Black Friday results. Spriggs said they were up a little from previous years at this point in the holiday season.