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Schools donate to CARES food pantry


     CARES would like to thank our local area schools for the generous donations given to us during the holiday season.  These donations allow us to continue to feed those that are in need of help.  We would like to thank Pickens High School and Leslie Zuidema, Tate Elementary and Gina Pyles, Pickens County Middle School and Paula Henderson, Jasper Elementary and Jennie Hutto Smith and Principal David Wilds, and Harmony Elementary and Susan Anderson.  Harmony Elementary has gone above and beyond leading all schools in donations for the past several years.

Jasper Merchants announces 2016 plans



Incoming officers for Jasper Merchants Association (l-r) Kirk Raffield, vice president; Haley Bouchie, president: Susan Horton, treasurer; and Paul Poore, secretary. 

The Jasper Merchants Association would like to announce our board of directors for the next two years. President elect is Haley Bouchie of ALL-A-CART Mobile Food Service. Vice President elect is Kirk Raffield who is an individual member. Treasurer elect is Susan Horton of Horton’s Pet

Talking Rock will fight road change “tooth and nail”

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Talking Rock’s incoming mayor Randy Banks, left, offers an alternative to a plan presented by the state transportation officials during a meeting on the Antioch Church Road/Highway 515 intersection Monday.
     A group of Talking Rock business owners expressed vigorous opposition to a state proposed change in the intersection at Antioch Church Road and Highway 515 in a Monday night forum. Georgia Transportation officials believe the change would improve safety there.
“We live here and we do not like this,” Talking Rock council member Cheryl Sams told representatives from the Ga. Department of Transportation (GDOT). “We will go as high as we have to [to stop this]. We will fight you tooth and nail.”
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From Tom to Trees: The Top Stories of 2015

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    The filiming of the new Tom Cruise movie Mena in downtown Ball Ground was one of our Top Stories from 2015. We've compiled a list of most important stories as well as those that had the most hits online. Check out this week's print and online editions to find out which ones made the cut.  


Woodstock man kills mother


     Cherokee Sheriff's deputies responded to the Brookmill Apartments off Highway 92 in Woodstock Sunday night at approximately 9pm after a 21 year old man called 911 and told dispatchers he had killed his mother during a domestic dispute. Deputies arrived at the apartment and located Michael Jacobs, 21 years old of Woodstock, and his deceased mother Melony Jacobs, 54 years old of Woodstock, inside the apartment. The victim appeared to