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Young Life kicks off year with Colorball


 It was an explosion of color and fun, hot dogs on the grill and a great chance for the kids to hang out with their friends and leaders at the first Young Life activity of the year.

By Bonnie Carlton
Pickens County Young Life
     Pickens County Young Life kicked off the new school year on Monday, Sept. 9, when students from Pickens High School and their Young Life leaders came together for Color-Ball. It was an explosion of color and fun, hot dogs on the grill and a great chance for kids to hang out with their friends and leaders.            

Water leak repair underway in downtown



Damon Howell / Photo
A city of Jasper crew digs to find a leak in a water main on North West Street, just at the rear entrance to Stearns Bank’s Main Street drive-thru, Tuesday morning. The entrance is blocked, so drive-thru business should be routed to the backside of the bank.

City public works manager Charlotte Fortner said they had to call before digging and have waited a week for an underground gas line to be located. The leak which left a small but steady stream of water flowing down the nearby gutter had been noticed by many pedestrians in that area.

Work commenced at 7 a.m. and is expected to be finished by noon.

Drive-By Flu Clinic Wednesday

The North Georgia Health District will hold a Drive-By Flu Clinic this Wednesday (Sept. 18th) from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1036 North Main Street.


The seasonal flu shots are $22 and high dose flu shots for people ages 65 and older are $50. Cash, Checks, Medicare, Medicaid and Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, state Cigna and state United Healthcare insurance will be accepted.

The health department says this is the fasted safest and most convenient way to protect yourseld from the flu this season.




Gas prices drop 9.4 cents per gallon over past week



Georgia, September 16- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 9.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.37/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.54/g, according to gasoline price website


Two arrested in Cherokee County for murder of 17-month-old

 Cherokee Sheriff Office Press Release


Cherokee County, Ga. September 13, 2013. An 11 month investigation into the death of a 17-month-old child culminated in the arrest of the child’s mother and her former boyfriend this morning. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Jamie Beck, 23 years old of Bartow County and Michael Naples, 31 years old of Woodstock, this morning and charged them both with Felony Murder and Cruelty to Children in the 1st Degree.

            The investigation began on October 14, 2012 when Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an injured child call at 304 Red Bird Way in Woodstock, Georgia. Deputies located a 17 month old girl who was unresponsive.