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Caged snakes found at Freehome shooting


Cherokee County Sheriff Press Release


Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. April 14, 2014. Cherokee sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:30pm to 480 Hester Drive in the Freehome community in reference to a person shot. At the location they found David Welchel, 40 years old of

“Historic Railroads of Georgia” photography contest announced



ATLANTA (April 8, 2014) – The "Historic Railroads of Georgia" photography contest seeks photos of historic buildings or structures associated with the railroad industry in Georgia.  This is the 5th-annual online photo contest held by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (HPD) to coincide with National Preservation Month in May.  The contest is held in partnership with, an encyclopedic resource on the state's railroad history.  Submitted photos may be used (with credit) to provide updated imagery for the site.  Entries will be posted to the Division’s Facebook page here ( as they are received.
Georgia's railroad industry dates back to the 1830s, and by the 1850s the state had more rail miles than any other in the "Deep South."  The rail network spans the state and has played a key role in shaping its history and growth.  Along with the construction of many miles of rail came a vast collection of supporting infrastructure: depots, office buildings, shops, signal towers, bridges, tunnels, and more.  Many of these resources survive today.
Entries will be judged by a panel of experts based on creativity, choice of subject matter, and composition.   Submitted photos must depict historic resources associated with the railroad industry in Georgia.  This includes depots and other buildings as well as structures like bridges or tunnels.  A comprehensive list of depots is available at
The top entry will receive the following prizes:
-                     A copy of The Courthouse and the Depot by Wilber W. Caldwell, a narrative catalog of Georgia’s nineteenth century public architecture and a complete history of the hundreds of rural railroad lines that covered the state in this period.
-                     A copy of O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line.  Link's pioneering night photography documented the Norfolk and Western Railway as it converted its operations from steam to diesel in the late 1

Service station fills another empty downtown building


    FILL ‘ER UP  - Prestige Auto Repair is one of many new businesses in Jasper. Pictured, owner Don Nichols inspects a vehicle that rolled in Friday afternoon.

    Last Friday, just three months after opening shop, Don Nichols’ garage in Jasper’s downtown business district enjoyed a steady stream of motorists with vehicles in need of repair.

Unwanted Pickens dogs migrate north

County hits 90 percent adoption rate at shelter


    Calling New England home now, this black lab sat for months in the county shelter unwanted in this area before being sent to a new owner in Nantucket, Massachusetts where he happily roams the beaches.

    With a national euthanization rate of 56 percent for dogs and 71 percent for cats, data complied by the National Council on Pet Population, an animal shelter with an adoption rate of over 90 percent is nothing to paw at.

GBI Agent to speak to Friends of the Library



    Crime shows like CSI depict ways modern technology and forensic evidence aids investigators in solving crimes.
    Next Thursday, April 17th, GBI Special Agent Dustin Hamby will speak at the Pickens County Library, discussing several of his past cases and how his agency has been successful in solving crimes in Georgia.