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Waleska 23-year-old killed in motorcycle crash


Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Press Release

Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single vehicle accident on Highway 140 near Little Refuge Road north of Waleska at approximately 2p.m. Tuesday afternoon. A motorcycle driven by Joseph Dillon Howell, 23 years old of Waleska, left the roadway and struck a tree.

Howell was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses stated that Howell was traveling at a high rate of speed after passing several cars and swerved to miss a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction before leaving the roadway. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the accident.


Help for paralyzed man stalls

More supplies and donations needed 


Donald Brown remains in good spirits despite setbacks in his recovery. His wife Brandy, and children Layce and Nathaniel offer support. 

 A planned community work day to help modify a home for a young Marble Hill father left paralyzed from a wreck has been postponed as more donations are needed for supplies.

Family plans community work day to modify home of young father paralyzed in wreck

Updated story November 13

Efforts to help paralyzed man stalls




The community is asked to help modify a home for a Marble Hill area father left paralyzed from an automobile wreck on September 6.

Donald Brown, who worked locally in construction, remains in the Shepard Spinal Clinic in Atlanta. He has two small children who both attend Tate Elementary. His wife is staying at the hospital as a caregiver and the children are staying with his sister-in-law. Before Brown can come home, many modifications will have to be made to his home. The family is planning a community work day later this month. One planned for November 15th has been postponed due to a lack in supplies and funds.

Input sought on Hwy. 53 Business route



JASPER, Ga. - A public information open house to discuss the Georgia DOT’s proposed improvements to State Route (SR) 53 Business in Pickens County is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5 until 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Pickens County Administrative Offices, located at 1266 East Church Street in the city of Jasper, Georgia.  


Comments from winning incumbents

Byron Long wins another term on the school board

Rick Jasperse re-elected to state house


In local races Tuesday Byron Long, above right, won a second term on the school board defeating Jennifer Galligan in the Post 3 race. In the other local race, Rick Jasperse, above left,  took a convincing win to continue serving this area in the state house District 11.