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Move over 706, there's a new area code in town


   “Hello? Hellloooo?”
    If you’re a new customer trying to get a 706 telephone number, time is running out, because the North American Number Planning Administration recently announced that they have assigned the last of 706 numbers to service providers.
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Trial set for Samurai sword killing

Case transferred to juvenile court




The trial of a 17-year-old accused of killing his step-father with a single stab from a Samurai sword appears to be headed for trial in January, a year after the fatal argument at a basement apartment in a Preserve at Sharp Mountain subdivision home.

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Family of victim disappointed 

by court’s handling of case


The mother and a brother of Christopher Allen, the victim in the Samurai sword killing in November 2012, expressed disappointment with the way the case had been handled in the Pickens court system.

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Updated suspects all apprehended in Woodstock murder



Suspects in a Woodstock murder include Benson Kyle Lloyd of Jasper (left), John Michael Taylor, Acworth, and Krystle Gail Taylor, Dawsonville.


Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Press Release


Detectives with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office have secured arrest warrants for three suspects believed to be responsible for the murder of Christopher Pierce, who was found dead in his Woodstock home on Sunday. 

Felony Murder warrants were signed by a Magistrate Judge late Monday for John Michael Taylor, 27 years old of Acworth, Benson Kyle Lloyd, 28 years old of Jasper, and Krystle Gail Taylor, 27 years old of Dawsonville. All three suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. All three are suspected drug users and were believed to be in the Dawsonville area yesterday but have connections in Cherokee, Pickens, Cobb and Catoosa counties.

            Anyone with any information regarding their whereabouts is urged to call Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Investigators at 770-928-0239 or 911.


 Updated -- Two suspects captured, Jasper man remains at large

Cherokee Sheriff Press Release


 Two of the three suspects wanted in connection with the recent murder of Christopher Pierce in Cherokee County were captured this evening in Dawson County. Cherokee, Dawson and Forsyth County Sheriff's Office personell as well as the Georgia State Patrol captured  John Taylor, 27 years old of Acworth, and Krystle Gail Taylor, 27 years old of Dawsonville, at a residence on Harmony Church Road in Dawsonville.

  Updated Wed. afternoon -- Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Investigators with the assistance of the Cobb County Police Department arrested the third murder suspect wanted in Cherokee County Wednesday afternoon. Benson Kyle Lloyd, 28 years old of Jasper, was apprehended while hitting golf balls in the PGA Tour Superstore on George Busbee Parkway in Kennesaw. Lloyd was wanted in connection with the murder of Christopher Pierce who was located in his Woodstock home on Sunday.


The two other murder suspects, John Michael Taylor, 27 years old of Acworth and Krystle Gail Taylor, 27 years old of Dawsonville, remain in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center without bond.



Mt. Zion to host The Magi this weekend


    As Christmas draws near, Mount Zion Baptist Church will be the scene this weekend for A Word of Life Gospel production of The Magi, a wise man’s search for answers.
    The Magi tells the story of a Babylonian “Wiseman” who returned to Bethlehem 30 years after the birth of the Christ-Child. He came the first time bearing gifts and seeking a king. This time, still seeking a King, he finds a Savior.


Healthcare Navigator in Jasper Thursday

Healthcare Navigator  Liz Dintelmann from the UGA extension service will be at the Good Samaritan Clinic in Jasper, Thursday, December 12th, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The certified Healthcare Navigator will answer questions regarding the Health Insurance Marketplace
and help people sign up for insurance plans now offered.
Priority will be given to Good Sam patients. The public is welcome.
The Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Clinic is located at 175 Samaritan Drive in Jasper.