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Trash encourages bears to stay: Learn to stash it


Garbage is irresistible to a hungry black bear.  The presence of available garbage encourage bears to change their normal movement patterns and “hang out” in non-traditional range areas.  What can you do?  One of the first, and most important, things to do is to stash your trash to resolve potential human-bear conflicts.

Memorial day marked in Pickens County


     The Marine Corps wreath was one of five arrangements presented during the Memorial Day observance at Sunrise Memorial Gardens yesterday. A 21 gun salute was presented in the program by the Disabled American Veterans. The ceremony, which also featured speakers, drew about 150 people.

GSP urges motorist to use extra caution on holiday weekend


 The Memorial Day holiday travel period begins this weekend and signals the beginning of the summer travel season. The 78-hour holiday travel period will begin Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. and end at midnight on Memorial Day.

   During this period, Georgia State troopers will be enforcing speed limits, seat belt usage, and looking for impaired drivers.

Suicide suspected after woman jumps from Sharpe Mountain Bridge


Investigators at the scene of where a woman jumped from a bridge.

Press Release from Cherokee Sheriff

At 6:42 a.m. Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call that someone had jumped from the Sharpe Mountain Creek Bridge on the northbound lane of 575. This is the first bridge south of Pickens County. The creek shows up on some maps here as Sharp Mountain Creek.

When deputies arrived they discovered a vehicle parked on the bridge and a 35-year old-female deceased under the bridge from an apparent suicide. The name of the female is not being released at this time. There is no indication of foul play. There was a witness to the incident who was traveling southbound on I-575.






Dolly’s #1 fan’s dream comes true


Samantha Keith, who has spina bifida, holds the letter she wrote Dolly Parton and a picture of her with the super star, taken this past March. In her 27 years, Keith has undergone 58 surgeries as a result of her medical condition, including emergency surgery the week following the interview for this article.


For Samantha Keith there’s no Dolly Parton song that’s better than another. 

Each is equally as stunning and on constant rotation in the car, in the shower, during therapy sessions, and any other place she can finagle a way to listen. 

  For this girl, Dolly’s self-proclaimed #1 Fan, nothing could top meeting the country music legend in person - and back in March she was able to do just that.