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Double homicide suspect killed in Canton shootout

From Cherokee Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday night at approximately 10:20pm Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were given a G.B.I. lookout for a suspect in a double homicide in Union County. At approximately 11 p.m. deputies located the vehicle that was listed in the lookout. A traffic stop was conducted on Toonigh Road near Morgan Road. The suspect was not inside the vehicle, however, deputies discovered that the suspect was armed and traveling on foot in the area. They received additional information that he was possibly headed to Swan Lane in Canton.

            Deputies were stationed around Swan Lane and made contact with the suspect at approximately 1:23 a.m. Friday morning. The suspect displayed a firearm and refused to comply with a deputy’s command to drop the weapon. Both the deputy and the suspect fired their weapons. The suspect was shot and pronounced dead on the scene. The deputy was not harmed.

            At this time the name of the suspect will not be released. 

Farmers' Market open for the season

See photos and coverage from first weekend in this week's print edition


One of last year’s vendors selling some peaches.

By Jenny Fellenbaum
For the Market

    Fourteen years ago a seed was planted in this community by Kathy Bell. That seed, now the Jasper Farmers’ Market, has grown because of your support.  With “soil” provided by the hard work of Kathy and the first class of Pickens Co. Master Gardeners, “water” provided by a variety of vendors and “sun” provided by you the customer, this seed has blossomed into an established Saturday morning event. “Thank you” is all I can say. It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s definitely heartfelt.

Volunteer firefighters looking for more members


    Firefighters pull a hose to a window to extinguish flames inside a Cove area home last August. The strenuous nature of battling blazes requires many able-bodied volunteers.


    Pickens volunteer fire crews are looking for a few more good men and women to join their ranks. The eight departments in the county are all in need of additional “young able-bodied people who can fight fires.”
    Assistant Fire Chief Curtis Clark said the departments accept volunteers of all physical conditions to help with support-functions, but front-line firefighters are what they need.

Talking Rock water park resort discussed


    An indoor/outdoor water park, 400-room hotel and conference center is in the early stages of talks among developers, the county, and economic development council. 

     County officials recently heard plans for a proposed $130 million indoor/outdoor water park and 400-room resort hotel slated for Talking Rock, a development which could bring hundreds of jobs to the area.
    The tourism impact of this development would also completely change the face of Pickens County’s economy. However, the commissioner representing west Pickens said he has already heard serious concerns from his constituents.

     For comments from local leaders, including the economic developer, the west district commissioner and members of the economic development council see our print and online editions.


Tractor Supply at old Blue Star?...and other Jasper news


     The old Blue Star building of East Church Street in Jasper. The building has been sitting empty for two years.

    At the most recent Jasper council meeting, Jasper Planning & Development Director Michael Castagna announced that the chain store Tractor Supply Co. has submitted site and renovation plans for the old Blue Star building on East Church Street.
    These plans must be approved by the city before further steps can be made by the agricultural supply store.