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Body recovered after burning car crashes on Ball Ground Highway


From Cherokee Fire services

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a car fire Wednesday night on Ball Ground Highway (Highway 372), near the intersection of Dodd Lane.

 According to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy, a couple was traveling west bound on the highway when they noticed a vehicle coming in the opposite direction that was on fire.  The couple turned their car around to go back and check on the vehicle and later noticed that the car had left the highway, went through a pasture fence and traveled approximately 240 feet before crashing into a ditch.


DQ blaze investigation awaits state fire marshal


    The still standing structure of Jasper’s Dairy Queen, which caught fire last Tuesday. Portions of the structure have been boarded up as construction workers wait to see what will come next for the building.

     The state fire marshal is expected to make a second trip to the Dairy Queen site on East Church Street later this week to further investigate the cause of the blaze that destroyed the landmark restaurant dating from the late 1950s.

Pickens school gets pre-k classes

Elementary grades fail to meet state math standards


By Eileen Steinhauer
Progress Contributor
     The Pickens County school district has been awarded two lottery-funded prekindergarten  classes for the 2014-2015 school year.
    Although the school district requested eight pre-K classes, it was announced at last week’s board of education meeting that two were granted. Both classes will be housed at Hill City Elementary, which was determined by Bright from the Start, the state agency in charge of pre-K.

Pickens man arrested for child porn


GBI agents in numerous unmarked vehicles executed a digital forensic search of computers in the home of west Pickens man, finding images of child pornography.


   A Pickens man has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography after a special unit of the GBI executed a search warrant on the computer at his Pickens West Estates home Wednesday.

   Thomas Rodriguez, 36, of West Destiny Drive, is charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of children - possession of child pornography after agents found images of suspected child pornography on his computer during a “forensic preview,” according to Director of Public Affairs for the GBI, Sherry Lang.