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Mayor & council clash at Jasper meeting


 Jasper Mayor John Weaver, right, and council member Jim Looney got into a heated discussion during the July council meeting. 

        For the second consecutive month, Jasper Mayor John Weaver and members of the city council butted heads over a few items on the agenda.

At this month’s council meeting, held Monday, June 10th, council member Jim Looney and the mayor were most visibly at odds, with tempers flaring at several points during the evening. The main item of contention was the possible purchase of a new skid steer, which Mayor Weaver brought before council last month but was not approved. 

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Murder, suicide in Waleska

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Press Release - Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched at 8:26am to conduct a welfare check at a residence off of Clay Wade Drive in Waleska, Ga.  When deputies arrived at the residence they located a deceased female, Laura Pearson 43 years of age of Waleska, in the living room of the home.  After continuing to search the residence a deceased male, Shawn Porter 49 years of age of

Health care forum packed with detailed discussion

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At the  forum last Thursday members of the public were asked to show their pre-existing conditions to make a statement on the importance of insurance coverage.

The Pickens Democrats and Appalachian Indivisible health care forum drew a surprising crowd of more than 60 people to Chattahoochee Tech considering Thursday was a rainy night during summer vacation.

More surprising was the number and depth of the questions. The audience wanted to talk minutiae of national health care with the panel of three health care speakers and one congressional candidate.

Marie Head from Appalachian Indivisible said the turnout shows the topic is universal; it’s an issue that people want to learn about and need to talk about, she said.

Operation Pea Ridge responds to requests for more patrols

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Pickens Sheriff officers search one of two vehicles during a road checkpoint Saturday in the Pea Ridge area. No arrests were made.

Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer


Can a law enforcement operation be called a success with no arrests? Ask Sheriff Donnie Craig and he will probably say yes. 

On Saturday evening, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Department of Community Supervision, the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force, the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Accountability and Pickens 911 teamed up to conduct several impaired driver checkpoints. These checkpoints were in the Pea Ridge area. The sheriff had received numerous calls from citizens asking for increased visibility in the area due to different types of criminal activity.

Local ties popping up in deadly Canton gun battle

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     Pickens Sheriff  and Canton Police officers make a large showing at a Jasper residence the morning following the deadly shooting in Canton. Two men considered “persons of interest” were taken into custody on minor charges.

       A Jasper man and a Ball Ground man have been tied to the deadly Canton shootings and arrested on lesser charges involving the June 25th incident. A Marietta man has been charged with the felony murder. 

With more than 70 rounds fired, the shootings left two dead and one injured.

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