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Plane makes emergency landing on I-575


From Cherokee County Fire Press Release

   Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services received a call Tuesday evening, shortly after 7p.m., regarding a small airplane that made an emergency landing on I-575, near Ball Ground.

   Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a small Beachcraft Sundowner Airplane had landed on the northbound lane of I-575 just north of Airport Road.

Racing pigeons make beeline for home sweet Jasper


Damon Howell / Photo

The Bird Whisperer? Ed Brackin among his flock of racing pigeons in “Bouncer’s Loft” behind his Jasper home. The roost serves as the finish line for the birds, who race up to 500 miles from different drop-off points.

          The 125 pigeons that call Bouncer’s Loft home move in flourishes and waves, back and forth inside the small outbuilding. The sound and wind kicked up by their flight are amplified by the confined space, an exhilarating atmosphere for people who venture inside.

Thomas Fountain takes two top Georgia Country Award titles




 Pickens resident Thomas Fountain with Overall Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year awards at the 2014 Georgia Country Awards.
     Pickens musician Thomas Fountain was recently named “2014 Overall Artist of the Year” and “2014 Male Artist of the Year” by

The 2014 Georgia Country Awards ceremony was held Saturday, Nov. 15 at The 120 Tavern & Music Hall in Marietta.  

FERST Pickens receives national recognition for childhood literacy



By Max Caylor

Local Allstate Financial Services agent Steve Moranos presented a $1,000 check to Sue Appleton of the Ferst Foundation during a recent Rotary Club of Jasper meeting. Steve nominated the Ferst Foundation for the grant from The Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for their work with childhood literacy. 

Funeral benefits stolen from veteran’s widow

        It doesn’t get much lower.

Linda Brannon’s husband, Glenn, a veteran of the Vietnam war, died in February. Not long after, Mrs. Brannon was notified by the Veteran’s Administration that she would receive $1,034 for burial expenses. 

But the check never arrived - and it wasn’t due to red tape or procrastination. It was stolen. 

See this week's print and online editions for the full story.