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“Death of a child is imminent,” detective says of vaping

Schools, sheriff, DA see demo of new weapon in fight against drugs


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School, sheriff and district attorney personnel on Friday discussed efforts that could be taken to combat vaping among teens and the vaping of illegal synthetic substances.

The meeting at the school board offices featured the demonstration of a $48,000 handheld device that could identify the “fingerprints” of thousands of different drugs, as well as explosive material with no advanced chemistry training needed to operate it.

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Execution date for Hall county murderer

Execution Date Set for Scotty Garnell Morrow, Convicted of Murder 
April 12, 2019
ATLANTA, GA – An execution date for Scotty Garnell Morrow has been set for May 2, 2019. Attorney General Chris Carr offers the following information in the case against Morrow for the murder of Barbara Ann Young and Tonya Rochelle Woods.
Scheduled Execution
On April 12, 2019, the Superior Court of Hall County filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Scotty Garnell Morrow may occur to begin at noon, May 2, 2019 and end seven days later at noon on May 9, 2019. Morrow has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.
Morrow’s Crime (December 29, 1994)
The Georgia Supreme Court summarized the facts of the case as follows:
Barbara Ann Young began dating Scotty Morrow in June 1994 and she broke up with him in December 1994 because of his abusive behavior. At 9:52 a.m. on December 29, 1994, Morrow telephoned Ms. Young at her home, but she told him that she wanted him to leave her alone. After hanging up, Morrow drove to Ms. Young’s home and entered without permission. Ms. Young was in the kitchen with two of her friends, Tonya Woods and LaToya Horne. Two of Ms. Young’s children, five-year-old Christopher and eight-month-old Devonte, were also present. There was an argument in the kitchen and Ms. Woods told Morrow to leave because Ms. Young did not want to have anything to do with him anymore. Morrow yelled, "Shut your mouth, bitch!" and pulled a nine-millimeter pistol from his waistband. He shot Ms. Woods in the abdomen and Ms. Horne in the arm. The bullet that struck Ms. Woods severed her spinal cord, paralyzing her from the waist down.

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40 Abe Lincolns coming to town



“A room full of 40 Abes and 20 Mary Lincolns is indeed a sight to behold,” read the press release announcing the Association of Lincoln Presenters will be in Pickens County this weekend for a yearly gathering.

The Abraham Lincoln re-enactors will be staying at Amicalola Falls for their 25th Silver Anniversary conference. They will venture out to the Polycor mines for a tour Saturday morning – (to see the spot where the marble for the Lincoln Memorial came from). That afternoon the Lincolns will make a visit to Jasper to tour the Old Jail and browse along Main Street.

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Bark in the Park this Saturday, April 13



If you love your dog like a family member you won’t want to miss the 6thannual Bark in the Park this Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Lee Newton Park, where you are invited to bring your pup (or pups) out for a day of doggy fun and support Partners of Pickens Pets at the same time. 

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