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$15 million marijuana grow found in Gilmer


Above, two suspects apprehended for a four-acre marijuana grow in Gilmer

Taken from a Drug Task Force press release

     Thursday, July 19, agents with the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force, along with Gilmer County deputies and other state agencies, discovered nearly four acres of marijuana during their annual marijuana flyover of a wooded area of Gilmer County not far from the Highway 136/Highway 52 area.


New students encouraged to register before first day


Above, parents register their students for bus transportation at Open Registration for new students, held last Wednesday, July 18.

     Parents with students new to the Pickens County school system filled tables and chairs at the board of education office last week during Open Registration, which officials say was busier than usual.
      Assistant Superintendent Tommy Qualls reported that 120 new students signed up to attend school in Pickens, including 29 new high schoolers, but he says the final student count for the system will not be known for a few weeks. 


Move over Tarzan, there’s a new jungle-king in town


Dr. Francis Cipullo of PAWS on Main treats domestic animals, but also treats non-domestic patients such as gorillas, orangutans and big cats, as pictured above.

By Taylor Perry

Intern Reporter

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     At PAWS on Main, a facility for after-hours pet care, there is a seasoned veterinarian who likes to take frequent walks on the wild side.

     Dr. Francis Cipullo DVM, doesn’t just work with domestic animals like cats and dogs. In his time spent treating animals for Zoo Atlanta and DEWAR Wildlife in northern Georgia, the University of Florida graduate has also worked with the wild side of the Animal Kingdom. His non-domestic patients include sloths, giraffes, rhinoceroses, orangutans, and large cats. His favorite animal to work with, however, is the gorilla.

Three Bodies Recovered from Yellow Creek area fire - UPDATED


From Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

     Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. July 18, 2012 - The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office responded to a house fire at approximately 3:35 am Wednesday morning. When they arrived at 818 Spriggs Trail in Ball Ground, the spilt level home was fully engulfed and had already collapsed. After Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services put out the fire, 3 bodies were located deceased inside the home.

     The bodies have not been identified. The home belongs to 49 year old Ricky Norrell and his 46 year old wife Darlene. They lived at the home with their 19 year old daughter Lindsey. At this time investigators are unable to definitively conclude that the bodies are that of the Norrells, however no one has had any contact with them today and it appears likely that in fact it is them.

     Sheriff’s Office investigators and Fire Department investigators remain on the scene. At this time the cause of the fire is unknown.

Timber Rattlesnake killed at Pickens residence

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     East Pickens resident Charles Wigington killed this “canecutter” rattlesnake, also known as a Timber Rattlesnake, outside his home Monday, July 16. The snake, which Wigington measured at 48” in length, was in his yard beside the driveway. Wigington believes the snake was flushed from its home after bush-hogging the previous day. Wigington noticed the snake after his dog began to bark at it. After it began to shake its rattle in warning, Wigington retrieved a shovel and decapitated the serpent.