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Pot fly-over leads to Ball Ground arrest



Press Release from Cheorkee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad

 Cherokee County, Ga. - The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) announces the arrest William Joseph "Jody" Gaddis, W/M 47 YOA of Ball Ground, Georgia, on charges of manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Governor’s Task Force (GTF) for Drug Suppression helicopters observed several growing marijuana plants behind a residence on Sperin Road in northern Cherokee County.  As the helicopter pilots called for assistance from GTF and CMANS agents on the ground, they saw at least two people run from the home and flee into the woods.  A short chase ensued, but the dense undergrowth made it impossible for officers to reach the suspects.

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office K-9 officers assisted CMANS Agents as they swept the area for suspects, while other agents obtained a search warrant for the residence.  Agents located about 172 plants behind the residence on Sperin Road, which was identified as the home of William Joseph Gaddis.

Tyler Craig headed to Jr. Olympics


Sixteen year old pole vaulter, Tyler Craig, of Pickens County is soon to compete at Wichita, Kansas in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championship. The competition runs Tuesday, July 26, through Sunday, July 31. Craig vaults that Sunday.

Craig's participation at this national meet among athletes drawn from across the country amounts to an amazing accomplishment, considering Craig only began pole vaulting at the start of this year. A football athlete, he was recruited for the track team at the end of autumn, he said.

Jasper Council talks sports, audit, animal control

Jasper Youth Sports Association is gearing up for their 2011 season with practices beginning later this month. Here girls participate in the cheer camp at the old gym at Jasper Elementary School. Both cheer and football camp run the week of July 11 through July 15.


According to city officials, there are still a few days left to register your five to 12 year old for cheerleading and football through their youth sports program.

“We want as many children to play as can play,” said Jasper Youth Sports Association President Joe Nold in a later interview. “As long as they register by the end of the week they’re good to go.”

According to Nold, the city sports program has seen an increase in cheerleader registrations and a decrease in football registrations for this season.

“We’ve got about 102 for cheerleading and about 130 for football,” he said. “That’s up about 20 for the cheer and down about the same for football.”

Nold noted that because of recent fund-raising efforts the association has been able to replace out-of-date equipment.

“Last year we spent $15,000 on new helmets, and this year we spent $9,000 on shoulder pads,” he said. “When I started here we had equipment that was 10 to 15 years old.”

Cost for the program is $150 per participant for football and $140 for cheerleading, and there are hardship scholarships available to those who qualify.

Briton named office manager for KPB

Joan Briton, a five-year resident of Pickens County, has assumed the duties of office manager for Keep Pickens Beautiful (KPB).

KPB operates out of the small green building on the south end of Main Street. Their primary activities include promoting recycling, adopt-a-road, and education.

Briton takes over following the retirement of Carol Opdenhoff who served as office manager for the past decade.

The work of office manager is the day-to-day operation of the organization including bookkeeping and bill payment and keeping membership lists current.

Brtion said she had been in a volunteer working on membership for the non-profit, when Opdenhoff retired. With book-keeping experience she was hired as the part-time manager.

Briton said she got involved with KPB after becoming more environmentally aware through several books she had read and was looking for some way to make difference. She met current KPB president Mary Anne Rentz who encouraged her to volunteer.

“I want to see the world go on,” she said.

Briton has lived in Pickens County for five years. Following many years of vacationing in the mountains of North Georgia she moved here from Fort Lauderdale.

Among the upcoming projects that KPB is working is on:

They will host the shredder on July 23rd from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of the former Post Office behind the KPB offices. Briton said this is a good opportunity for households and businesses to see any documents they aren’t comfortable throwing in the trash shredded on-site while they wait. She said this is a great opportunity for law firms or medical businesses to get rid of old records safely.

• On a longer range scale: KPB is working to establish “a central recycling center drop off site.” This would be a spot where recyclable materials could be held for Pickens and surrounding counties until they have full truckloads. Briton said the project is about increasing the efficiency of recycling operations.

For more information on KPB call their office at 706-253-3600.