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Ball Ground man facing 20 counts of animal cruelty



Purebred animals confiscated from former show handler



Press Release from Cherokee County Marshal's Office

 On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the Cherokee County Marshal’s office investigated an animal cruelty case at 585 Creighton Road in Ball Ground. A complaint was called in to the Marshal’s Office because of suspicions of animal neglect.

The complainant expressed concerns due to terrible smells and barking coming from the property.

The Marshal’s Office executed a search warrant, and the officers, Animal Shelter staff, a local licensed vet, a representative from the Solicitor’s office and an inspector from the Department of Agriculture all went out to the property to investigate.


UPDATED: Early voting underway in Nelson. Talking Rock


Updated: The Progress was informed by the Talking Rock clerk this morning that Mayor Peter Q. Cagle died yesterday. He had been hospitalized in serious condition following a recent stroke.


The Talking Rock council issued the following statement, “The City Council of Talking Rock expresses their sympathy to the family of Peter Q. Cagle, Jr. with his passing.”


Cagle was known as a friendly and hard-working mayor in Talking Rock, performing a good deal of work around town himself.

Have you seen Hill City's dancing beer bandit?



Click on the image above to view the video.

         This surveillance video from the BP gas station on Highway 53 West in Hill City captures footage of a man stealing beer from the store midday Thursday, Oct. 3 – and apparently having a good time while doing it.


         The video shows a white male wearing white shorts and a blue t-shirt appearing to stalk the beer case and doing dance moves as he pockets three 16 oz. cans of Budweiser, which were reported as missing in the sheriff's report. 


         It is unclear at this time if the dancing was meant to be a distraction from the shoplifting.  According to one of the gas station’s clerk no music was playing in the store at the time of the incident.          


         The store owner filed an report with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Hill City’s dancing beer bandit please contact the sheriff’s office at 706-253-8900.  


JYSA’s Morgan named scholar-athlete of the week


    Zade Morgan who plays football for JYSA (Jasper Youth Sports Association) was recently awarded Scholar Athlete of the week for NGYFA (North Georgia Youth Football Association), a football league that has 26 counties and multiple age groups participating in competitive football.
    The article from NGYFA.ORG follows:


Newspapers are still the cornerstone of democracy



National Newspaper Week is Oct. 6 - Oct. 12

By Caroline H. Little
President and CEO,
Newspaper Association of America

    We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now.
    It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming rather than dying. Of course, there are always bumps in the road to innovation, but as it turns out, we’re actually in the midst of a promising and exciting time.