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Hays State jailer arrested, charged with sexually assaulting convicted murderer

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. -- A Hays State Prison correctional officer was arrested this week for allegedly pursuing forbidden love with a convicted murderer. The Chattooga County Sheriff's Office arrested 19-year-old Jessica Taylor Nabors on Tuesday on charges of ...

Weekend Top 5

Click here for more information. When: Friday–Saturday, May 29–30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Where: 1826 Carter St. How much: $10 daily or $15 for a weekend pass Finster Fest (Summerville, Georgia) Howard Finster was a beloved outsider artist whose work is ...

Rome police search for missing teen

ROME, Ga. - The Rome Police Department needs your helping locating ...
Police say Pass might be heading to Summerville. Anyone with information on the teen's whereabouts is asked to call Inv. Randy Gore at 706-238-5125.

Paradise Garden: A folk art masterpiece rises from ashes

Turning down a quiet road in the small town of Summerville, Georgia, it doesn't take long before you spot it. Nestled within a neighborhood of humble ranch homes, Paradise Garden — the magnum opus of world-renowned Georgia folk artist Howard Finster ...

UPDATE: Floyd County police say criminal charges will be filed in the Floyd County Schools theft case

Henderson Real Estate Inc.; Summerville Building & Supply Co. Inc.; Open Road Hot Shots, LLC; Richardson Enterprises of Georgia, LLC; Kadima Inc.; and SMT Family, LLC.

Hydro Dynamics Sponsors State Champion Chattooga County 4-H Rifle Team Trip to Nationals

If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to support the team please go to xtension/chattooga/4h/, call (706) 857-0744 or send a check to: Chattooga County Extension, 10011 Commerce Street, Summerville, GA 30747.

Swanson, Edna "Granny" (Summerville)

Edna “Granny” Swanson, 82, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday morning, May 20, 2015 in a Rome Nursing Home. Mrs. Swanson was born on April 19, 1933, a daughter of the late Andrew Andy and Etta Mae Westbrooks Campbell. Mrs. Swanson was a ...

Bailey, Patterson lead way for Wave at state track meet

Summerville freshman Imagine Patterson won her first state ...
Green Wave senior and University of Georgia football signee Zack Bailey won the Boys Shot Put Friday with a 56-09.50 mark to edge out Stratford’s T.J. Deveaux for the state title.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Former senator's love of music will be remembered

Their reason is its history as being Georgia’s oldest structure when it was built in ...
was on the front page of the Herald topped by heavy black headlines. It shocked Summerville residents so much that they immediately rose up in protest and soon ...

McAlister’s Deli Signs Three Development Agreements in Georgia and Florida

Existing franchisee DMAC 81, LLC, based in Summerville, S.C., plan to open several new restaurants between southern Georgia and North Florida. The franchise group currently operates several McAlister’s locations across South Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

Five Loaves Cafe - Summerville

Last weekend, my mother was in town so we decided to try out Five Loaves Cafein Summerville. The restaurant is in a refurbished home. It is soooo adorable!!It is hard to tell but the smaller lights ha…

Festivities In Atlanta, GA This Weekend!

Have a great weekend! Stay dry and we hope to see the sun! This Weekend in Atlanta: *Free rides on the new Streetcar through the end of the year!!!! Thursday– Sunday is the 5th Annual Atlanta Food …

Travel Log: A Stop At Summerville, SC (05/28/2015)

It’s been quite the long day. In the early morning I was able to attend church here in the Charleston locale, which was nice. I got to meet up with Raph and Jp again after quite some time. I also saw …

Homes for Sale in Nexton- Nexton Market Statistics

Nexton is Summerville’s newest up and coming master planned gigabit community!  There are currently 17 homes for sale in Nexton and 9 pending sales in Nexton in the past month and a half. The average …

Summerville SC Homes Sold by Foster Smith – Carolina One Real Estate

Summerville SC Real Estate is hopping…I am so thankful for the chance to work with great clients and help them sell and buy their Summerville homes. Fill out this form or give me a call if you are in…

New chapter posted: “The Shape in the Sand”

Chapter five of my serial novella Southern Skies, “The Shape in the Sand”, has just been posted; in which Casey and Devin have a falling out, and Casey remembers something fearful and alluring… As al…

White Gables Home for Sale in Summerville, SC

Beautiful home in well desired neighborhood of White Gables is now for sale. Beautiful hardwood and tile flooring downstairs. New carpeting throughout. Central kitchen that accesses dining room and fl…

Missing Summerville woman’s body found

HARLEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) – The body of a 29-year-old Summerville woman has been found more than a month after she disappeared. Dorchester County authorities told local media outlets that the body of As…

Summerville SC Real Estate Market Reports with Foster Smith

April stats are in for Summerville, SC and it was another strong Spring month, a little slower than the March Market Report, but still strong. Houses are averaging only 21 days on the market and sell…

84 Lumber To Add 50k SF in Summerville

84 Lumber will double in size, to 100k SF, as it recently acquired an adjacent building and plans to add a door shop, storage and international trade to its current lineup this summer, along with hiri…


The Guardian and a warning to SUMMERVILLE GEORGIA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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Register now and request your ballots for the year in SUMMERVILLE GEORGIA

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In SUMMERVILLE GEORGIA: Why Good Trade Deals Matter to a Business

Nick Martin is the co-founder of The Pro´s Closet, an online used-cycling business. He sent the following email to the White House list to highlight why a better trade deal means a brighter future for online businesses like his.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership isn´t just President Obama´s proposed trade deal -- it´s mine, too. It´s a trade deal that millions of other online small business owners in this country would be proud to add their name to. I want to tell you why:

Every time I step through the doors of one of our 4,000-square-foot warehouses in Boulder and Denver, Colorado -- every time I see the bikes and cycling parts that line those walls and take in the energetic buzz of our 30-member team -- I take a step back and reflect on a simple fact: I own a business. It’s a "pinch-me" moment -- every time.

I am a cyclist and the proud co-owner of The Pro´s Closet, an online used-cycling store. And thanks to the Internet and the availability of e-commerce platforms like eBay, we´ve gone global. After all, when it’s not cycling season in the U.S., it’s peak season somewhere else in the world.

International customers aren´t just good for business abroad; they’re great for my Colorado communities. Why? Because selling in more markets means I can hire more people here at home. In fact, more small businesses are using the Internet to grow their business by reaching new customers they couldn´t reach before.

This is why trade is so important to me. If the success of American businesses in the global economy is important to you, say you’re an ambassador for a better trade deal that delivers a brighter future for all of us.

It may seem like a really remote and technical issue, but it actually has a real impact on how small businesses like mine do business. Currently more than 40% of our transactions cross U.S. borders. Unfortunately, most of our trade rules were written in a "pre-Internet" era, which means they are a nightmare to navigate for small online businesses.

Here’s an example: Right now, customs rules are so inconsistent and hard to follow that if we put a cycling part in the wrong packaging or mail it with the wrong label, it won’t make it to our customer in one country. The rules are different for each country, and are sometimes set up in a way that completely blocks out American business.

That is why it is so important that we secure the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new kind of trade agreement that will ensure America writes the rules and levels the playing field for online businesses and American workers by:

Reducing and eliminating tariffs across the Asia-Pacific region

Streamlining customs procedures

Making the rules more transparent, consistent, and less costly

Helping keep the Internet open and free, enabling online businesses to operate without unnecessary infrastructure costs

Of course, as the President has said, not all of our past trade deals have lived up to their promise. Thankfully, this trade deal is on track to be different. In fact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is shaping up to be the most progressive trade deal the world has ever seen. [13]


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