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Assisted living complex to have big impact on Ingles/ Post Office area

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Damon Howell / Photo

Leslie and Larry Hunter of John L. Hunter survey land behind Ingles that has sat empty for years.

 

If the rain will ever slack off, construction on Windsor Lodge - a 45,000-square foot assisted living facility - is slated to begin immediately. 

“These things are so dependent on the weather, and if it cooperates you can zoom ahead,” said Dianne Weston, future executive director of Windsor Lodge, which will be located off Sammy McGhee Boulevard across from the Jasper Post Office. “Once we can get going, construction will take about nine to 10 months. We anticipate an April or May opening.”

See full story including details about the facility in this week's print or online editions. 

Mayor & council clash at Jasper meeting

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 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. 

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

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.