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Ten 'Places in Peril' listed by state historical group




Above, The W&A Railroad Depot was constructed by the State of Georgia between 1848-1850 as part of the Western & Atlantic Railroad.


ATLANTA, Oct. 22 -- The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation released today its 2014 list of ten Places in Peril in the state.


Sites on the list include: Sowega Building in Adel (Cook County); Blackshear Prison Camp in Blackshear (Pierce County); Chauncey School in Chauncey (Dodge County); Griffin City Hall in Griffin (Spalding County); Hawkinsville Firehouse in Hawkinsville (Pulaski County); Kolb Street House in Madison (Morgan County); Church of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Sharon (Taliaferro County); Greek Revival houses of Troup County; W&A Railroad Depot in Tunnel Hill (Whitfield County); and the Connally Marchman House in Villa Rica (Carroll County).


"This is the Trust's ninth annual Places in Peril list," said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Trust. "We hope the list will continue to bring preservation action to Georgia's imperiled historic resources by highlighting ten representative sites," McDonald said.


Shaptop to hold wreath-making workshop Nov. 1-2

Make a wreath, help raise money for local art community


Submitted by Sharptop Arts Association

    Get in the mood for the holidays with Sharptop Arts Association’s wreath-making workshop and help us with our holiday fundraiser while doing it!
    We are holding two free wreath-making workshops, Friday, Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are inviting you to come out and put good use to those Christmas decorations that end up sitting in boxes. Bring them – or any items you want to use in your wreath - to the workshop and our experienced florists will help you make two beautiful wreaths. Kay Bruce will be assisting guests on Friday and Marty Farrow will be assisting on Saturday.
    We are asking that your bring two base wreaths to decorate – one for you and one to donate to our holiday fundraiser/silent auction that will be held during the member show on November 15. Let’s make this a fun time for all! Bring your friends and come one day or both, drop in and stay for as long as you’d like.
    Here’s what you’ll need to bring:
    •Base wreaths of straw, grape vine, greens, etc.
    •Ribbon to cover the wreath or to make bows.
    •Decorations: Pine Cones, bells, holly, Santas, balls, or anything you no longer use.
    •Wire and wire cutter/hot glue gun (we will have a few, but if you want your own be sure to bring them).  
    •Ornament hangers (if you would like to make ornaments instead).
    Email Executive Director Jeanette Bottari to sign up for free at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you have any questions call 770-893-8438.
    Sharptop Arts Association is a 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting arts and culture in Pickens County. For more information about Sharptop visit
    We are located at 68 D.B. Carroll Street in jasper. Hours of operation are Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Funeral arrangements made for Talking Rock mayor Pete Cagle


Pete Cagle, third from left, accepting the Keep Pickens Beautiful Green Ribbon Award.

     Talking Rock mayor Pete Cagle passed away Tuesdsay, Oct. 15 due to complications from a recent stroke. The funeral service will be held at Northside Funeral Home in Roswell on Monday, Oct. 21 at 11:30 AM. Visitation will be Sunday, the 20th, from 2-6 PM. The funeral home is located at 12050 Crabapple Road in Roswell. Mr. Cagle will be laid to rest at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

Ball Ground man facing 20 counts of animal cruelty



Purebred animals confiscated from former show handler



Press Release from Cherokee County Marshal's Office

 On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the Cherokee County Marshal’s office investigated an animal cruelty case at 585 Creighton Road in Ball Ground. A complaint was called in to the Marshal’s Office because of suspicions of animal neglect.

The complainant expressed concerns due to terrible smells and barking coming from the property.

The Marshal’s Office executed a search warrant, and the officers, Animal Shelter staff, a local licensed vet, a representative from the Solicitor’s office and an inspector from the Department of Agriculture all went out to the property to investigate.


UPDATED: Early voting underway in Nelson. Talking Rock


Updated: The Progress was informed by the Talking Rock clerk this morning that Mayor Peter Q. Cagle died yesterday. He had been hospitalized in serious condition following a recent stroke.


The Talking Rock council issued the following statement, “The City Council of Talking Rock expresses their sympathy to the family of Peter Q. Cagle, Jr. with his passing.”


Cagle was known as a friendly and hard-working mayor in Talking Rock, performing a good deal of work around town himself.