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Help wanted scams getting better at deception

SCAM    When LaSandra Cooley first spotted a help wanted offering good money and benefits for an Admin Assistant in the Progress, it seemed a good offer, but like all scams it was literally too good to be true.
    Cooley said she quickly became cautious and didn’t get suckered in, but wanted to warn other people that scams involving help wanteds are out there – even in this weekly paper. She said she could easily see people being tricked out of their hard-earned money.

Mountain Man ready to rock big beard business

 

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“Only in America can you have a guy who cuts grass and grows a big beard because he is unhappy with corporate life and wants to be a rebel and now he is about to travel all over the country with a motorcycle company that is crazy as all get out and I’m a preacher,” thus said Jasper’s James Thomason describing the skyrocket rise of Mountain Man Beard Products in a recent interview.

For the full story on the rise of the Mountain Man's beard business see this week's print or online editions. 

 

 

GBI seeking the public’s help in identifying Cornelia bank robber

 

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     Cornelia, Georgia - On Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at approximately 12:30 PM, a bank robbery occurred at the Traditions Bank in Cornelia, Georgia.  An undisclosed amount of money was taken.  The robber reportedly entered the bank wearing a Spiderman mask and holding a device, threating he had a bomb. No one was injured during the robbery.  The Cornelia Police Department and the GBI are investigating.

Crashes need to be reduced at Antioch Church Road, Hwy. 515 intersection, says GDOT

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    The intersection of Highway 515 and Antioch Church Road. Under a GDOT proposal. The Georgia Department of Transportation has identified the intersection of Antioch Church Road and Highway 515 as more dangerous than most, and the state agency wants to make changes they say will reduce crashes at the heavily-used intersection. They have proposed a J-Turn for the intersection, which would be the first of it's kind in the state. GDOT recently held an open house at the Pickens County Administration Building to solicit public comments about the project.

Read our print or online editions for the full story. Follow this link to the GDOT website where public comments can be made until January 1, 2016.


   

Ball Ground exterminator dies in fall from roof

From Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

Press release

Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded Creekside Estates subdivision off East Cherokee Drive in Ball Ground Monday afternoon after it was reported a person had fallen from a roof approximately 47 foot high.

Upon their arrival they found the deceased male, later identified as Ralph Gambrel, 54 years old of Ball Ground, outside the home in the yard. Gambrel owned an extermination company that was working on the home.

It appears Gambrel fell from the roof of the home. The incident remains under investigation but no foul play is suspected.