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Jordan new postmaster for Jasper

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    New Postmaster Michael Jordan with his wife and daughter.

 

     Michael Jordan officially took over as the Jasper postmaster on April 30. Jordan will have worked for the United States Post office for 21 years in November. 
     He started right out of high school in Woodstock. He has worked at different locations and was the postmaster in Rydal for the last two years. He has been married to wife Melissa for 20 years has a daughter Tiffany, who is 19. The family lives in Ball Ground.

O’ doggie, where art thou?

“If I could get them back I would cry a big puddle right here on the floor,” said former inmate whose dogs were taken
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Allen Peardon wants his dogs back. Buddy and Ching Ching are pictured above.

     What happens to pets when owners are put in jail? One Pickens resident had two dogs, Buddy and Ching Ching, taken by animal control when he was incarcerated. A neighbor complained about dogs running loose and the shelter picked them up like they would any other stray. The Pickens County Animal Shelter director said they are willing to work with pet owners in these cases, but they need to be contacted and made aware of the situation.

Read more comments from shelter director and find out about the man's efforts to get Buddy and Ching Ching home in this week's print or online editions.

 

Candidates for all contested county races address voters, take questions at GOP forum

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    Candidates at the forum (above l-r) School Board candidates Mike Cowart, Larry Cantrell and Katherine White; Commission Chair candidates Bill Newton and Rob Jones, Tax Commissioner candidates David Leister and Darrin Satterfield; Coroner candidates Mark Godfrey and Bradley McKinney.

 

    Candidates for the contested races in the Republican Primary this May 24th addressed voters at a forum attended by a roomful of supporters Thursday at Chattahoochee Technical College.
    The forum hosted by the local Republican Party remained cordial with detailed questions posed from pre-screened submissions.
    All candidates in the contested races – commission chair, school board post 1, tax commissioner and coroner attended.
    Each candidate was given an opening statement:
See print or online edition for full story.

Dragons and 'Nettes dominate at Region 7AAAA Championships

   TrackField Dalton Gasaway (center) and Dillon Gasaway (to the right) finished 1st and 3rd respectively in the 200 meter dash to help the Dragons to the region championship as well as qualifying for this Saturday's sectional meet.

The Track Dragons and 'Nettes knew they had talent, but expected to duke it out event by event in the Girls' and Boys' 7AAAA Region Championships hosted by Southeast Whitfield last Monday and Tuesday in Dalton. In the end, both the Dragons and 'Nettes bested the 7 other region schools by a convincing margin as both took home 1st

Emergency workers to train for large animal rescue

Bent Tree Saddle Club makes donation to get service off the ground

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Cherokee County emergency responders trained in large animal rescue help a horse named Chelsea who is unable to stand up on her own. After training this summer, Pickens emergency crews will offer large animal rescue services like the one pictured above.


    What if you owned a horse like Chelsea, who has severe arthritis in one of her knees? The arthritis is so bad Chelsea can’t bend her left leg, which means if she falls down it’s nearly impossible for her to get back up.
     This scenario is one of many that could mean a bad day for people who have large animals like cows or horses. But later this summer, Pickens residents will be able to call 911 and have local emergency workers help them get big animals back on their feet. Thanks to donations from the Bent Tree Saddle Club and the Cherokee County