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Thomas Fountain nominated for Georgia County Artist of the Year

thomasfountain    Pickens native Thomas Fountain needs your help securing title of Georgia Country Artist of the Year. Cast your vote by October 12 at www.georgia-country.com.
   

     For the second consecutive year Pickens native Thomas Fountain is one of six finalists in the running for GeorgiaCountry.com’s Georgia Country Artist of the Year.
    Since he embarked on his solo career just a few years ago, Fountain has been busy making a name for himself locally, having been named Cherokee’s Best Musician by the readers of Cherokee Life Magazine in 2013.

UPDATED: Cherokee court reporters arrested for theft

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     An investigation by the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrests of two Cherokee County court reporters and a third court reporter is expected to turn herself in later today. Betty Petersen, 73 years old of

Citizens denounce tax hike

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    The first of three public hearings on the proposed millage rate increase was standing room only, with more than 60 residents attending the second hearing held later on the same day. The third and final hearing will be on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 5:00 p.m. at the county administration building.

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     Two recent public hearings saw Pickens residents and employees of the county pack  meeting rooms to sound off about a half-mil tax increase recently proposed.

Marine Corps League thanks volunteers

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Pictured are (l to r) Ken Hulsey, Luke Wigington, Wayne Poore and Bill Click.

 

Submitted by the Marine Corps League Det. 1280

Marine Corps League Det. 1280, North Ga. Mtn. Detachment presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Luke Wigington, the Cagle Funeral Home and Joe Murray for their assistance with the Memorial Day events over the past 7 years.

Cherokees discussed at historical society meeting

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    Dr. Lucien Lamar Sneed, administrative director of the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokees, discussed their unique history during a talk Sunday at the library.  

By Hank Hollensbe

Progress contributor

Thanks to Ruth Hall and the Marble Hill Historical Society for Sunday afternoon’s lecture by Dr. Lucien Lamar Sneed, administrative director of the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokees.  

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    Fran Fish

    Fran M. Fish of South Sioux City, Ne., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 18, 2010, at the age of 68 in her home surrounded by her family. Fran, or “Mama” as she was known to her grandkids, was born on Sept. 29, 1942, in Columbus, Oh. to her parents, Raymond and Valencia (Gibson) Fife. Fran attended grade school in the Columbus and Mt. Vernon area where she grew up as a child.

    She ventured to Evangel College in Springfield, Mo., where she met her loving husband Jerry Fish. Fran became Mrs. Fran Fish on Aug. 23, 1963, at the First Assembly of God church in Sioux City. She and Jerry began their life together in Springfield, Mo., continuing onto Kansas City, where they had their first daughter, Missy. They moved to Jasper, Ga., where they lived for 14 years and had their two youngest daughters, Tammy and Stacey. The Fish family moved to Sioux City in 1982 where they have resided ever since.

     Fran was a school teacher in all of the areas where her family resided over the years. She was a member of the Morningside Assembly of God church where she led Women’s Bible Studies and a Young Couple’s Sunday School class with her husband Jerry. She was also a former member of Cornerstone World Outreach. Fran lived to touch others through her teaching. She loved reading her Bible, spending time drinking coffee with family and friends, talking on the phone with loved ones, reading Christian novels and putting together puzzles.

    She was known to her grandkids as the best “Mama” anyone could ever ask for. Everything she loved incorporated her family, especially her loving husband Jerry. Many referred to her as beautiful, classy lady. Even until the end, her faith and stature did not fade. Fran will be remembered and missed by her husband of 48 years, Jerry Fish, South Sioux City. Others include three daughters and their husbands, Missy and Todd Willenborg, Elkhorn, Ne., Tammy and Paul Young, South Sioux City, and Stacey and Raul Sanchez, Sgt. Bluff, Ia.; grandchildren, Trevor and Tauhni Willenborg, Emma Young, Tyler, Terrence, Tavian and Valencia Sanchez. Fran’s sister is Anne LeValley of Tehachapi, Ca. She also has a mother & father-in-law, three sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

    Preceding her in death were her parents, Ray and Valencia Fife; and one niece, Heather Olson. Fran’s celebration of life was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, from Morningside Assembly of God Church. The burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Pastors Johnny Helton, Lee Crumb and Tom Jacobs officiated the celebration. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland in her name.  
     


     

    Barbara Roland Duncan

     

    Barbara Roland Duncan, age 67 of Ball Ground, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Embracing Hospice following an extended illness.

    Born August 25, 1943, in Dawson County to the late Earl and Mae Roland, she had lived in Cherokee County for the past 27 years having moved from Chatsworth.  Mrs. Duncan was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville.  

    She was also preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Duncan; sisters, Geraldine Roland, Lorene Ayers and Betty Sue Waters; and brother, Dewey Roland. Surviving are her children, Stacy and Danyell Duncan, Canton, Jeffrey and Amy Duncan, Oxford, N.C., Angie and Chris Goynes and Kim Duncan, Ball Ground; sisters, Nora Neal, Dawsonville, and Jean Bryant, Cumming; brothers and sisters- in-law, Jimmy and Ora Roland, Dahlonega, and Billy and Annie Roland, Dawsonville; grandsons, Zachary, Cole, Austin, Daniel and Garrett Duncan; and a number of other relatives. The funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 24, at 11 a.m. from Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Hill officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery. www.beardenfuneralhome. com.

     


     


    Rosetta McDaris

    Mrs. Rosetta B. McDaris, age 81 of Canton, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Mrs. McDaris was a member of Waleska Church of God of Prophecy. She was a retired dietician with R.T. Jones Hospital and enjoyed gardening. 

    Survivors include her children, Carolyn (Doug) Harmon and Betty Sue (Mike) Martin, all of Canton; sisters, Jeanette Parker, Ruby Watson and Eva Pharr, all of Canton, and Ruthie Lamanac, Woodstock; brothers, Fred Blalock, Canton, Ben Blalock, Alabama, LeRoy Blalock, Mississippi, and Bobby Blalock, Jasper; grandchildren, Damon, Derrick and Derena Harmon and Eric Martin; great-grandchildren, Dusty, Dylan, Alexis, Zachary, McKenzie, Jacob, Laura Beth, Amber and Levi.  The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, from Waleska Church of God of Prophecy. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

    Sosebee Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  www.sosebeefuneralhome. com

     


     


    Sherry Morgan

    Mrs. Sherry Gale Morgan, age 64 of Talking Rock, Ga., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, Ga., following a sudden illness.  Born Oct. 1, 1946, in Atlanta, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Elkins.

    Mrs. Morgan had worked as a cashier with Blue Star Grocery Store in Jasper and was a member of the Sunnyside Church of God in Canton, Ga.  Survivors include her husband, Glenn Morgan, Talking Rock; daughters and sons-in-law, Kelly and Ernie Darnell, Canton, and Melissa and Danny Nicholson, Cumming; four grandchildren; mother, Mrs. Allene Elkins, Douglasville, Ga.; and sister, Wanda Reagan, Douglasville, Ga. Other relatives also survive. 

    The funeral service was held at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 24, from Roper Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Brown officiateing. Interment followed at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. Flowers were accepted; however, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.  www.roperfuneralhome.com

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