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Finally home! Soldier receives Laurel Lakes house



Ralph Dennis / Photo

Sgt. Matthew Hutcheson, wife Leslie and their daughters at their new home in Laurel Lakes. They were given the home through Operation Finally Home.



By Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer


Finally home! That is what Sgt. Matthew Hutcheson, wife Leslie and their daughters were saying Friday (January 29). The final step of their journey began with the ground breaking for their new home in September, 2015. The home is in Laurel Lakes subdivision in Nelson.

GDOL to help Mohawk recruit workers in Dalton next week

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help IVC, a division of Mohawk Industries, recruit 60 workers for the company’s Dalton facility.

The recruitment will be held Thursday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the GDOL’s Dalton Career Center located at 1406 Chattanooga Ave.
The company is recruiting lift truck operators, electrical engineers, inspectors, operators and lead operators/finishing, quality inspector, receiver/raw materials, ink maker, utility print press, coating table operator, extruder/relief, ink lead, compounding utility, operator/printing press, re-inspect relief-utility finisher and utility calendar laminating.
Salaries will depend on the position and experience.
Due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, applicants must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).
The company will conduct a background check and drug-screening test on selected applicants.
Job seekers planning to attend this recruitment are encouraged to visit to create an account and upload or create a resume. Having an Employ Georgia account expedites the interview process.
For additional information about these jobs, or the recruitment, contact the GDOL’s Dalton Career Center at (706) 272-2301.
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School janitorial supervisor arrested for multiple thefts


Some of the loot recovered by sheriff detectives believed to have been stolen from the local school system.

Sheriff Office press release 

   After completion of an investigation regarding thefts from the Pickens County Board of Education, detectives from the Pickens Sheriff’s Office have arrested Larry Ledbetter, a long time maintenance technician and supervisor over janitorial staff.

    Originally receiving a complaint that Ledbetter was doing outside work for individuals during work hours, school officials began investigating. Early into their investigation, it was determined that items were missing as well. At this time, Stacey Gilleland, the Director of Operations for the Board of Education, contacted the Sheriff Donnie Craig and a criminal investigation was launched.


Georgia gun rights group loses appeal in Supreme Court




Published Monday, February 1, 2016


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Heinous dog crime in Waleska




Updated Press Release Friday January 29th-Dogs Shot and Killed

With the public’s help, Cherokee Deputy Marshals located the owners of the pit bulls that were found shot and killed on 27 January. The owners are cooperative and their identification will not be released at this time or the content of their statements to law enforcement. Cherokee Marshals Office continues to ask for the public’s assistance in the investigation of this cruel act. Investigation is on-going.


From Cherokee Marshal - On January 27, 2016 a person walking along Friendship Road near Waleska found two dogs dead near an abandoned home.  Two pit bull mix dogs (male and female) were found on the ground positioned to face each other.  The male dog, 3-5 years of age, had a crudely made brace strapped to the front leg with duct tape.  There were