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“He’s as tough as nails,” dad says of son with leukemia

Family to tell story on WSB’s Care-A-Thon

Lowe Family

Family Photo

Lisa and Ryker Lowe and their three sons. Harlan, center, was diagnosed with leukemia in March. The Lowes will help raise money to look for a cure by sharing their story live on the annual WSB Care-a-Thon on Thursday, July 26 at 11:10 a.m.

Ryker Lowe said if his four-year-old son Harlan wasn’t bald and thin from chemotherapy treatments, people would never be able to tell he has leukemia. 

“He’s tough as a sack of nails,” said Lowe, who along with his wife Lisa received the devastating diagnosis in March of this year.

         “He never boo-hoos, and has handled things so well. He brings so much life to our family. He’s happy and smart, and an old soul. You can talk to him like an adult.”

Operation Southern Shield ready to put the brakes on speeding


     (ATLANTA) -  Law enforcement officers in Georgia are ready to put the hammer down on drivers who are hammering down on their gas pedal during the second annual "Operation Southern Shield" speed enforcement operation.

After last year's highly successful operation that drew national attention, Georgia will join neighboring states in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina in pulling over drivers who are breaking the law by traveling above the legal speed limit on interstates, major highways and local roads from Monday, July 16 through Sunday, July 22.

Schools to provide classroom supplies


In an unprecedented move, the Pickens County school system announced it will provide all “consumable” school supplies for the upcoming school year at no cost to parents. 

These supplies include paper, pencils, folders, hand sanitizer, crayons, and other  items needed for classroom instruction. According to a press release on July 10, parents are free to purchase additional personal items like backpacks, pencil boxes, and lunchboxes if they choose. If students have particular items such as certain writing utensils they prefer, they will be allowed to use those as well. 

Anyone lose a parakeet?


Pastor Irish Jones found the parakeet while walking at the Pickens recreation dept. She hopes the rightful owner will contact her. 


By Rosa Willis

Intern reporter


On Monday, Pastor Irish Jones was walking at Roper Park with a friend. As her walk came to an end, she and her friend found something rather unusual in the grass near her car. 

Jones had found a small blue and white parakeet sitting in the grass. She scooped the bird up and took it to the vet.

A look at Ball Ground’s thriving industrial/manufacturing base

Ball Ground Industry 1

Universal Alloy Corporation, seen here in an aerial depiction, opened a plant within the city limits of Ball Ground just last year. Between 50 and 100 employees work at UAC, which is an international company manufacturing aluminum extractions for aircraft wing and fuselage components. Boeing Corporation is one of their biggest clients.


By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer


After years of a stagnant and sluggish economy, the United States is seeing an historic economic boom with GDP growth approaching four percent, unemployment levels at record lows, and manufacturing optimism at all-time highs. Many experts attribute the new economic growth to deregulation and tax cuts.

Nowhere is this economic optimism more evident than in Ball Ground. There are no less than 50 industrial and manufacturing companies located within a three-mile radius of the city's downtown, with more manufacturing steadily arriving. So why has Ball Ground become such a magnet for industry? 

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