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Ball Ground man charged in home invasion


Justin Pruitt

Justin Pruitt, 29, Ball Ground, was arrested at a hotel in Canton before sunrise on April 10 after warrants were put out for his arrest for a home invasion earlier this month. 

According to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office incident report, officers were dispatched at approximately 4:24 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4 to Old Mill Road off Highway 20 in reference to an armed robbery attempt. The caller, Mitchell Lingerfelt, told officers Pruitt entered his home with another man and robbed the home with a shotgun. 

Vote to send Pickens native to Siberia

Chad Bagwell wants to be contestant on

intense months-long reality show



Chad Bagwell, a 2005 graduate of Pickens High School and native of the Jerusalem area, said in a phone interview Monday that he might be this generation’s Chris McCandless, (the main character of the book/movie Into the Wild).

When it’s pointed out that McCandless died of starvation in the Alaskan wilderness and the account of his life was written by someone else after the young man’s body was found, Bagwell corrects slightly saying, he wants to “almost” be this generation’s Chris McCandless.

A self-proclaimed “country boy” who knows hunting, fishing and edible plants, Bagwell is hoping for online votes to send him to Siberia, where he will survive off the land through the brutal Russian winter for nine months, all filmed as part of a Russian reality show, Game 2: Winter, Reality Show for Survival in Siberian Taiga.

Rep. Graves supports rural job creators


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Supporting America’s Innovators Act (H.R. 1219), bipartisan legislation encouraging venture capitalists to invest in rural entrepreneurs:  

“Small businesses and the entrepreneurs that create them are the backbone of our nation’s economy. But the Great Recession and the overregulation that followed has made it harder for entrepreneurs to access the capital necessary to start or expand their business, especially in rural areas like Northwest Georgia. This bill makes reforms that encourage venture capitalists to invest in rural small businesses, which will help create good-paying jobs in rural communities throughout Georgia and across the country.”   

Drivers: Lives are worth more than texts

 Drivers urged to put down their phones and give the road their full attention during "Distracted Driving Awareness" month
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety warns drivers to not be foolish enough to think they can text and drive as April is "National Designated Driving Awareness" month.
Distracted driving is any activity that takes the driver's focus away from the road including talking to passengers, eating or drinking, adjusting the radio and grooming. Of course, the biggest distraction for drivers is cell phones.  It is against the law in Georgia for drivers to text, e-mail or post on social media while their vehicle is on the road including when stopped at a traffic signal or stop sign.

Chris Wallace named PHS principal


Chris Wallace and family. Wallace has been appointed as PHS principal. 


      Jasper, Georgia — The Pickens County School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Chris Wallace as Principal of Pickens High School, effective this summer. Mr. Wallace has served the district since 2008, most recently as Assistant Principal at Hill City Elementary. Prior to his current position, he served as Assistant Principal and Director of Career, Technical and Agriculture Education (CTAE) at Pickens High School.