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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.
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.
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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.
From Cherokee County Sheriff's Office
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.
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The rise in child abuse cases may not be bad news. A DFACS employee reminded the group at the State of the Community presentation, this means there are more case being reported so now they can take action. Previously it had gone unreported.
At the Our Family Connections’ state of the community presentation December 9th, social agencies, non-profits, judicial and elected officials heard mostly glum figures regarding the conditions for children in Pickens County.
The reports showed the number of children living in poverty and families in poverty here had not improved despite low employment rates and that child abuse numbers rose in the latest available figures.