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Pickens herbalist reviving Appalachian tradition



Crystal Merrell prepares an immunity boosting tincture at an office she works from in Ball Ground. She believes the time is right this year to build up a client base as a full-time community herbalist.


My tongue looks pretty healthy, a little shiny in a few spots which means its dry and could be a clue to a deeper condition if other symptoms were present.

But, all-in-all, Pickens County herbalist Crystal Merrell says medically speaking my tongue is fairly unremarkable.

Merrell also checked the shape of my wrist and ankles to determine that I was a “water” person – again nothing requiring action but something to note in case I had issues with my constitution.

I approached my January appointment with Merrell, a Pickens native, by letting her know that I was skeptical of herbalism, but it might make a good article. She works out of the Ball Ground office of Bruce Chiropractic.

Man stabbed in Waleska


Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Press Release    

Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a “Person Stabbed” call at approximately 2am Wednesday morning at a home on Madisons Way in Waleska. When they arrived they found 24 year old Derrious Scott in a bedroom with stab wounds to his arm and torso. A lookout was given for Scott’s brother Devonte Scott, 20 years of age, who reportedly stabbed his brother. Both brothers live at the home with their mother on Madisons Way.

Georgia Northeastern Railroad under new ownership

Local leaders to work with new management to spur industry growth


 photo/Patriot Rail Company

    The longtime Georgia Northeastern Railroad owner has retired. Patriot Rail Company will now manage day-to-day operations of the short-line railroad that runs through Pickens County. 

    Georgia Northeastern Railroad, which operates 106 miles of railroad between Marietta and Mineral Bluff, Ga., including the 20 miles of track in Pickens, is under new ownership and will be managed by a separate rail services company.

GA. inmate executed for 1979 murder

The lawfully ordered execution of Brandon Astor Jones for the 1979 murder of Roger Tackett was carried out this morning at 12:46 am at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, Georgia. The sentence was carried out after the United States Supreme Court denied Jones’ request for a stay of execution.

Information on Jones’ crimes and case history can be found at



Most county seats up for election

Candidate qualifying March 7-11

    If you’re interested in running for local office you’ll have ample opportunity this year, with 10 county seats up for grabs.
    Local elected offices that will appear on the ballot in 2016 are sheriff, currently held by Donnie Craig; commission chair, held by Rob Jones; district 2 commissioner, held by Becky Denney; tax commissioner, held by Sharon Troglin; clerk of court, held by Gail Brown; probate judge, held by