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Mt. Zion to host The Magi this weekend


    As Christmas draws near, Mount Zion Baptist Church will be the scene this weekend for A Word of Life Gospel production of The Magi, a wise man’s search for answers.
    The Magi tells the story of a Babylonian “Wiseman” who returned to Bethlehem 30 years after the birth of the Christ-Child. He came the first time bearing gifts and seeking a king. This time, still seeking a King, he finds a Savior.


Updated suspects all apprehended in Woodstock murder



Suspects in a Woodstock murder include Benson Kyle Lloyd of Jasper (left), John Michael Taylor, Acworth, and Krystle Gail Taylor, Dawsonville.


Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Press Release


Detectives with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office have secured arrest warrants for three suspects believed to be responsible for the murder of Christopher Pierce, who was found dead in his Woodstock home on Sunday. 

Felony Murder warrants were signed by a Magistrate Judge late Monday for John Michael Taylor, 27 years old of Acworth, Benson Kyle Lloyd, 28 years old of Jasper, and Krystle Gail Taylor, 27 years old of Dawsonville. All three suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. All three are suspected drug users and were believed to be in the Dawsonville area yesterday but have connections in Cherokee, Pickens, Cobb and Catoosa counties.

            Anyone with any information regarding their whereabouts is urged to call Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Investigators at 770-928-0239 or 911.


 Updated -- Two suspects captured, Jasper man remains at large

Cherokee Sheriff Press Release


 Two of the three suspects wanted in connection with the recent murder of Christopher Pierce in Cherokee County were captured this evening in Dawson County. Cherokee, Dawson and Forsyth County Sheriff's Office personell as well as the Georgia State Patrol captured  John Taylor, 27 years old of Acworth, and Krystle Gail Taylor, 27 years old of Dawsonville, at a residence on Harmony Church Road in Dawsonville.

  Updated Wed. afternoon -- Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Investigators with the assistance of the Cobb County Police Department arrested the third murder suspect wanted in Cherokee County Wednesday afternoon. Benson Kyle Lloyd, 28 years old of Jasper, was apprehended while hitting golf balls in the PGA Tour Superstore on George Busbee Parkway in Kennesaw. Lloyd was wanted in connection with the murder of Christopher Pierce who was located in his Woodstock home on Sunday.


The two other murder suspects, John Michael Taylor, 27 years old of Acworth and Krystle Gail Taylor, 27 years old of Dawsonville, remain in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center without bond.



Cold weather may mean lower prices at gas pumps



Georgia, December 9- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.21/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.24/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 2.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 4.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 3.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 10.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 

"The National Weather Service says this week begins with much of California under a 'hard freeze warning' and separate storm systems tracking across the Great Lakes region and from the Gulf Coast to the northeast, bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain from the Lower Mississippi River Valley northeastward to New England,' said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst, GasBuddy.

"Under conditions like that, consumer demand usually declines and that often results in a nominal decrease in retail gas prices," Laskoski added. "That may be what lies ahead this week." 


GasBuddy operates, and over 225 other local gasoline price-tracking websites that follow prices at over 125,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. GasBuddy also uses Facebook ( Twitter (, and phone apps to keep motorists ahead of changing gasoline prices. was named one of Time magazine's 50 best websites and to PC World's 100 most useful websites of 2008.

Healthcare Navigator in Jasper Thursday

Healthcare Navigator  Liz Dintelmann from the UGA extension service will be at the Good Samaritan Clinic in Jasper, Thursday, December 12th, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The certified Healthcare Navigator will answer questions regarding the Health Insurance Marketplace
and help people sign up for insurance plans now offered.
Priority will be given to Good Sam patients. The public is welcome.
The Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Clinic is located at 175 Samaritan Drive in Jasper.

Christmas gift comes early with decent weather for parades



Jasper and Ball Ground both got early Christmas gifts in the form of "not-too-bad" weather for their parades over the weekend.

In Ball Ground Friday, the parade had just ended when the bottom fell out with heavy rain. And in Jasper (see picture above) on Saturday night it was cold but not the coldest Jasper Night of Lights and dry. Rain didn't develop until much later.

See information on Christmas events at area churches in this week's print edition.