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Skeletal remains found in Cherokee


     Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. July 21, 2013. Biologist searching for snakes in Cherokee County Saturday afternoon discovered the skeletal remains of a human body. Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to the location off South Cherokee Lane in Woodstock at approximately 6pm. Detectives are now attempting to determine the identity of the remains.


       It appears the remains are that of a male who was wearing size 13 red adidas tennis shoes. Blue jeans with burgundy shorts underneath were also located with the remains. Currently investigators have not determined how long the remains have been in the woods.  The remains will be sent to the GBI crime lab for analysis.


       Cherokee Sheriff’s Office investigators are not working any missing person cases that meet the description of the located remains; they are asking the public if they have any information potentially related to this investigation please call 911.


Lightning damages airport runway



Photo/ Damon Howell

Engineer Phil Eberly, an aviation program manager, measures the crack from a lightning strike that damaged the edge of the runway at the Pickens County airport Wednesday night. The lightning damage, covered a 12-feet-long area,  and was near the edge of the runway so planes were still able to land and takeoff on Thursday.

An airport employee said they picked up chunks of asphalt hundreds of feet away.

Nearby electrical outlets were also blown out.

Jasper Police seek help identifying suspects





            The Jasper Police Department is looking for any information regarding two shoplifting and auto-break-in suspects.


The male in the photograph is believed to have stolen several items from a car in the Jasper Walmart parking lot on Monday, July 15. Both the male and female are believed to be involved in shoplifting from the same store.


Jasper Police Department Det. Andrew Cochran said the vehicle was unlocked and the windows were rolled down when the items were stolen.


“People need to remember to keeps their cars locked,” he said.


According to Cochran, the suspects were driving a white Mitsubishi.


The images were taken from Walmart’s surveillance video.   


If you have any information about these two suspects please contact the Jasper Police Department at 706-692-9110.


Pet of the Week for July 18








A donation to Pickens Animal Rescue or Animal Shelter of Pickens County in someone’s name would make a wonderful birthday, anniversary, or special occasion present. All donations go to help the pets.  Donations are accepted every day at the Shelter and the PAR Rescued Furniture Store.


Bring your pets to The Animal Shelter of Pickens County to be micro-chipped for only $25 and to get Distemper shots for $15. 


If you are looking for a loyal and fun companion, a buddy for one of your pets, someone to talk to, take rides with, or hold in your lap, please consider one of the following pets who need a forever home to fill with laughter and love:




Volunteer days are every Saturday. Please come out to walk the dogs, talk to the cats and have fun with all the animals.


The Adoption Fees are $70.00 for dogs and $60.00 for cats.  The adoption fee includes shots, micro chipping, spay and neutering.  Find out more about adopting pets at The Shelter at or:


3563 Camp Road


Jasper, GA 30148








Hi, I am Allgood.  You can probably guess how I got my name.  That’s right, I am all good things.  I am a two-year old male Beagle mix dog with brown and black hair. I am loyal, sweet, and shy and I would make a perfect loving companion.  We could go for rides together and be best friends.  I get along well with other dogs and I love people.  I weigh about 23 pounds, just right for going for car rides and cuddling in your lap.  Please come visit me and my friends at The Shelter.  We are all looking for forever homes.  Visiting hours are 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tuesdays through Saturday. No appointment is required.  If you can, please donate cleaning materials, pet food, and pet supplies to the Shelter.










Find out more about pets available at PAR for adoption at  or at 706-692-2772.  The adoption fee is $100 for dogs and $75 for cats and includes, micro-chipping, spay/neutering and all shots. 






Hello, I am Cedric. I am a five-year old male Corgi mix dog and I got lost in Gilmer County.  Several years ago I was at the PAR Ranch waiting for a forever home.  I got micro chipped and then adopted.  So, when I got lost the Gilmer County Shelter people knew I was a true Pickens County native and returned me to the PAR Ranch thanks to the microchip.   It is important that all pets be micro-chipped. So if you recognize me please let my owner know where I am.  If he or she doesn’t find me this week, I will be available to go to a new forever home.


 I am very beautiful, calm, and very adaptable to my owner’s needs.  I would be great for someone who isn’t real active.  You can see more pictures of me on or Please come visit me and my dog and cat friends at the PAR Ranch. And, if unbelievably you don’t choose me, there are lots more kittens and puppies here at the Ranch.   We are all looking for forever homes.     Like all the animals at the PAR Ranch, I am healthy, happy, spayed or neutered, and current on all my shots. Visiting hours are by appointment only Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 PM to 4:00PM.   Appointments are not needed on Saturday when adoptions are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.