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Crackdown on Hwy. 515 issued for month of July

sheriff-crackdown 4604    Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell, Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig and Georgia State Patrol Post Commander Tim Nichols say their officers will begin “aggressive enforcement” of speeding and erratic driving on Highway 515 following two fatal wrecks.

     The heads of the three law enforcement agencies that patrol Highway 515 in this area announced Monday a crackdown on speeding and erratic driving that will run the entire month of July.
    The significantly increased patrols come after two fatalities occurred on the four-lane in Pickens County during June and reports indicate that accidents there have increased 53 percent this year over last year.

A look back at July 4 in Jasper

From greased poles to greased pigs


 A scene shot from the second story window of The Edge Building looking down on the courthouse lawn in the early 70’s.

     What do a greasy pole climb, a fat person contest and “the man with the monkey and the man with the crow” all have in common?
    According to a schedule in a 1958 edition of this publication [printed in its entirety on page 17A] they were some of many quirky events at what was arguably Jasper’s first July Fourth celebration, hosted by the Jasper Lion’s Club. 
    “It was the biggest event of the year,” said Lawton Baggs who served with the local Lion’s chapter for over four decades beginning in 1974. “People came from all over to have a good time.”

     See the full story in this week's print or online editions.   

$397 million in bonds for Braves stadium upheld by supreme court


Published Monday, June 29, 2015

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Two sheriff investigations have Russian connections

    It goes without saying that Pickens sheriff investigators don’t see many Russian connections to their work. Detective April Killian said it was bizarre to see two unrelated cases this month, both with ties back to Russian financial criminals.
    In the first case, a 65-year-old Pickens woman unwittingly became involved in a Russian credit card fraud/stolen merchandise scam.

   To read the rest of this story, see our e-edition.

Fatal workplace accident in Ball Ground



      Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. June 26, 2015. Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to 2300 Airport Industrial Dr. near Ball Ground Friday morning at approximately 9:15 am for a work place accident call. Workers were installing a new roof on a new building for Custom Floral Design when one of the workers fell approximately 20 feet on to a concrete floor. He was transported to Northside Cherokee Hospital where he later died from his injuries.


      The worker has been identified as Thomas Williams, 22 years old of Tennille, Ga. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office as well as OSHA is investigating the incident.