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Two hospitalized in Ball Ground shooting

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Press Release


            Cherokee County, Ga. February 12, 2018. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 265 Flatbottom Trail in Ball Ground at 5:10am in reference to a residential alarm.  While the deputy was enroute to the residence a call was received by Cherokee County 911 advising of a person shot at the residence.  When deputies arrived on scene they located a male outside the residence with an injury to his face who was identified as Ronald Goss 53 years of age of Canton.  Deputies then began to check the interior of the residence and located a female, Tina Goss 48 years of age of Ball Ground, who had been shot.  Both parties were transported to the hospital where they remain.   Preliminary evidence indicates Mr. Goss forced entry into the home.  Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating this incident.  Ronald Goss will be charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder, Aggravated Battery FVA, Aggravated Assault FVA and Home Invasion.


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Bye, bye, bylaws: Former Econ. Director questions firing

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        At Monday’s Jasper City Council meeting, Gerry Nechvatal disputed the authority of the Economic Development Council  to fire him as the joint economic developer for Jasper and Pickens County.

        Former Pickens County Economic Development Director confronted the Jasper mayor and city council at their regular meeting  about the legality of his recent termination.   

The joint Pickens County and Jasper Economic Development Council (EDC) voted Jan. 24 to relieve Nechvatal of his duties – but it was unclear at that time if that council had the authority to take such action. According to Nechvatal, who wrote the council’s bylaws, they were not within their rights to remove him.   

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Historic shift of power at city hall

Jim Looney replaces John Weaver as city manager



In an historic move with a standing-room-only crowd, the Jasper City Council put an end to the longtime unification of the mayor and city manger positions. 

At their Monday, Feb. 5 meeting, in a 3-1 vote, council appointed former council member Jim Looney to temporarily fill the position of city manager, which Jasper Mayor John Weaver has held since 1992. 

Separating these two positions surfaced last year when new council member Sonny Proctor brought up the issue at the January 2017 meeting. He has since argued that it is a conflict of interest that goes against the city’s original charter. 

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A look at "Through the Glass Darkly," now being filmed in downtown Jasper


Robyn Lively and Shanola Hampton will star in "Through the Glass Darkly." 

     Los Angeles, CA –  Robyn Lively (The Karate Kid Part III, Teen Witch) and Shanola Hampton (Showtime’s Shameless, You Again) will star in Through the Glass Darkly, a psychological thriller written by Lauren Fash and Susan Graham and directed by newcomer Fash. The production is centered locally at the former Weeks Jewelry Store on the corner of Stegall Street and Main Street. The store front now indicates it is a camera shop which one person took to be a real new business, rather than a film set that will be used over the next several weeks.

Big Canoe facing serious problems with water system

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      Big Canoe POA President Phil Anderson takes questions from homeowners regarding the state of their water system Saturday.

  Residents of the Big Canoe community gathered Saturday with their property owner association (POA) leaders, state     legislators and county officials to hear plans to address their water system – it was not good news.

   During the more than two-hour meeting, reports flowed of poorly maintained infrastructure, widespread outages; a confrontational situation with the private company that owns the system; a $5 million debt and homeowners questioning the quality of their tap water.

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