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Hungry children to be fed this summer

 MUST ministries still needs sack lunches & volunteers 



Want to help hungry kids? MUST Ministries is still looking for lunches and volunteers for their summer program. Contact the Pickens/Cherokee coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Submitted by Kaye Cagle

Director of Marketing and Public Relations


With 2,000 children on the free and reduced school lunch rolls in Pickens County, the area is vastly underserved during the summer when children are hungry. To help remedy this problem, MUST Ministries is coordinating an effort to feed the children for the third summer in a row.

Filming of Cruise movie underway in Ball Ground



By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer


The famous Main Street rocks have been removed and most period signage has been erected as Ball Ground readies itself for its hour in the Hollywood spotlight. Filming of a major motion picture Mena starring Tom Cruise was set to begin on Wednesday, May 20th, but the schedule has already been adjusted because of delays and will  start on Thursday, May 21st.

For the filming schedule see the print or online editions


The story of Ball Ground’s historic Roberts’ house



The Roberts House evolved over the years into the beautiful present day house.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer

For approximately 160 years, the house has stood on a prominent hill overlooking Ball Ground which is entirely appropriate because it is the home of one of the city's founders and most prominent families. The Roberts' House, which was built around 1855, is the only residence in Cherokee County listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been the home of the Roberts family since A. W. Roberts, one of Ball Ground's founding fathers, purchased the house and property around 1887.

Alfred W. Roberts was born in 1844 and served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In 1879, he married Althea Georgia Ann Coggins, whose family was associated with many early business ventures in the Canton, Georgia area. Roberts was a charter citizen of Ball Ground, which was incorporated in 1883, and was a merchant, banker, real estate developer, and cotton broker in the town's early years.

See our print or online editions for the full story. 

Ga. high court rules on murder cases; nursing home ads



Published Monday, May 11, 2015


Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .



            A young man who is currently in prison under two consecutive life sentences has had his convictions reversed and his sentences thrown out with a decision today by the Supreme Court of Georgia.          

In the unanimous opinion, written by Justice Harold Melton, the high court has reversed the convictions of Abdul Bessent for his role in the 2008 murders of Michael Key and Phyllis Frazier in Camden County, finding that the evidence against Bessent was insufficient to support the verdict. As a result, he cannot be retried.

Antioch gravestones vandalized

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This grave marker suffered the most damage, being broken in half from the impact of the vehicle that investigators say rammed it intentionally.

“It’s hard to apply logic to someone clearly not acting out of logic,” said Sheriff spokesman Kris Stancil Monday when asked what motive might lead someone to ram gravestones with a vehicle at a country church cemetery.

Six different graves were damaged: one broken in half, another two or three stone markers heavily damaged and turned over and another two also damaged somewhat Saturday night at the Antioch Church cemetery.