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Crash takes life of Canton teen


Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office - Cherokee County, Ga. June 20, 2017.  The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 1:52pm on Hightower Road east of Lower Creighton Rd.  The vehicle, a Dodge Ram truck, was traveling westbound on Hightower Road when it left the roadway traveling down an embankment and struck a tree.  The driver, a 17 year old male of Canton, was transported to the hospital and the passenger, a 16 year old juvenile of Canton, was declared deceased at the scene.  The names will not be released pending notification of the families.  The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting the investigation into the accident.

Auditors: Pickens has ‘very low debt’


        An audit of the Pickens County FY 2016 budget shows increasing cash reserves and low debt compared to other counties of similar size.

         The audit, performed by Bates, Carter & Associates, also shows five negative findings that required action by county leaders.     

In a presentation to county commissioners, Beth Grimes, audit partner with the firm, discussed a summary of their findings. Grimes applauded the county for improving its financial position over the last few years. 

     See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

Parents who murdered 3-year-old daughter lose appeal in Ga. Supreme Court




            The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled in favor of the State in a lawsuit brought by three obstetrician-gynecologists who challenged as unconstitutional a Georgia law that prohibits most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

In today’s ruling, the high court has unanimously upheld a Fulton County court order that dismissed the lawsuit.

Tai Chi to tribal grooves

Holistic Health Fair packs vendors with unusual offerings


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“You can’t go wrong doing Qigong,” says instructor Lisa Pasila of Bent Tree, at front. Qigong was just one of many classes, seminars and vendor demonstrations Saturday at the Holistic Health Fair in Roper Park community center.



If you were looking for belly-dancing (exercise that helps you “get in touch with the feminine and even some guys need to get in touch with their feminine side”);

Or, a sugar-foot rub (sugar removes toxins according to the massage therapist);

Or, a Qigong class ( “You can’t go wrong if you are doing Qigong”), the Holistic Health Fair Saturday at the Community Center in Roper Park brought them all to town.

Local crowds seemed a little thin but enthusiastic for a first–time event that brought more than 50 vendors, teachers and speakers here.

Collins Introduces Legislation to Encourage Rural Broadband Development


“In the twenty-first century, education, jobs and economic success are tied to digital infrastructure, and I’ve introduced the GO Act to increase broadband investment in rural America through smarter, simpler policies based on market competition.”

 WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) introduced the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act to promote broadband development in rural and economically disadvantaged areas.