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Help sought identifying Cherokee convenience store robber

Cherokee County Sheriff Press Release




Picture from security camera at Acworth convenience store


Cherokee Sheriff’s Office investigators are asking for assistance from the public in identifying a man that robbed the Racetrac gas station located at 1135 Highway 92 in Acworth last night at approximately 11 p.m. The suspect was armed with a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store. The suspect is described as a black male, 20-25 years old, approximately 5’6” tall and weighed approximately 165 pounds. The suspect was wearing all black and left the area driving what appeared to be a silver Kia Spectra with heavy damage to the passenger side of the vehicle.

            Anyone recognizes the suspect or has any information related to the incident is urged to call 911.


Burnt Mountain Road closed for work on rail crossing near Piggly Wiggly

Major road closure needed for work on railroad



            It was announced this morning that the City of Jasper will close a portion of Burnt Mountain Road to work on the railroad tracks in front of Piggly Wiggly starting Monday morning and it may remain closed through Wednesday.

Thomas Fountain takes two top Georgia Country Award titles




 Pickens resident Thomas Fountain with Overall Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year awards at the 2014 Georgia Country Awards.
     Pickens musician Thomas Fountain was recently named “2014 Overall Artist of the Year” and “2014 Male Artist of the Year” by

The 2014 Georgia Country Awards ceremony was held Saturday, Nov. 15 at The 120 Tavern & Music Hall in Marietta.  

Racing pigeons make beeline for home sweet Jasper


Damon Howell / Photo

The Bird Whisperer? Ed Brackin among his flock of racing pigeons in “Bouncer’s Loft” behind his Jasper home. The roost serves as the finish line for the birds, who race up to 500 miles from different drop-off points.

          The 125 pigeons that call Bouncer’s Loft home move in flourishes and waves, back and forth inside the small outbuilding. The sound and wind kicked up by their flight are amplified by the confined space, an exhilarating atmosphere for people who venture inside.

Funeral benefits stolen from veteran’s widow

        It doesn’t get much lower.

Linda Brannon’s husband, Glenn, a veteran of the Vietnam war, died in February. Not long after, Mrs. Brannon was notified by the Veteran’s Administration that she would receive $1,034 for burial expenses. 

But the check never arrived - and it wasn’t due to red tape or procrastination. It was stolen. 

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