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9/11 flag stops at Ingles

A surprisingly large crowd braved extremely hot temperatures in the asphalt parking at Ingles Friday afternoon to catch a glimpse of the historic 9/11 flag.

The flag was transported in a Gilmer County Fire truck and will be taken on to Ellijay for a weekend of different events following the stop in Jasper.

Many firefighters from the surrounding area turned out to show support. This flag, which was originally flown at Ground Zero, had been repaired and patched following the September 11 attacks.

When it completes the different tours, the flag will have been to all 50 states and then housed in a 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero.

Grandview bear kill gets man in trouble


A Georgia Department of Natural Resources officer issued a citation to a Grandview area man after the man shot and killed a black bear out of season and without a permit Friday, July 15. According to DNR Wildlife Management Ranger Mitch Yeargin, who issued the citation, the bear kill took place at the man's home a little before 8 a.m.

Believing he had done nothing wrong, the homeowner (unnamed by Yeargin) contacted officials after the bear encounter to report killing the animal.

When a bear is standing such as the one to the right, it is only smelling the air, not preparing to attack, says wildlife biologists.

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Other stories from this week's print edition


Schools at a glance – Want to know more about where your child will be attending school? Check out our two-page feature that outlines enrollment, achievements, clubs and more at each Pickens campus. Pages 10 & 11A.

Mr. Smith reports on climate change – Jasper resident Todd Smith has just returned from Washington D.C. with other concerned citizens to lobby for climate change legislation. Read about his journey on page 2A.darrelldowney

Customer-turned-owner revamps Jasper restaurant – Darrell Downey, the new proprietor at Kelly’s, started eating at the restaurant when it was a two-barstool establishment. Downey purchased the business because he loved the food and had developed a relationship with the staff, but he also brings along an impressive resume, having worked in upper management at J.M. Huber and a $55 million flower bulb business. Downey now operates his patented Ooze Tube company just a few hundred yards from the restaurant, which is now getting a family-friendly makeover form this business guru. Page 3A.



Pot fly-over leads to Ball Ground arrest



Press Release from Cheorkee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad

 Cherokee County, Ga. - The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) announces the arrest William Joseph "Jody" Gaddis, W/M 47 YOA of Ball Ground, Georgia, on charges of manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Governor’s Task Force (GTF) for Drug Suppression helicopters observed several growing marijuana plants behind a residence on Sperin Road in northern Cherokee County.  As the helicopter pilots called for assistance from GTF and CMANS agents on the ground, they saw at least two people run from the home and flee into the woods.  A short chase ensued, but the dense undergrowth made it impossible for officers to reach the suspects.

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office K-9 officers assisted CMANS Agents as they swept the area for suspects, while other agents obtained a search warrant for the residence.  Agents located about 172 plants behind the residence on Sperin Road, which was identified as the home of William Joseph Gaddis.

Tyler Craig headed to Jr. Olympics


Sixteen year old pole vaulter, Tyler Craig, of Pickens County is soon to compete at Wichita, Kansas in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championship. The competition runs Tuesday, July 26, through Sunday, July 31. Craig vaults that Sunday.

Craig's participation at this national meet among athletes drawn from across the country amounts to an amazing accomplishment, considering Craig only began pole vaulting at the start of this year. A football athlete, he was recruited for the track team at the end of autumn, he said.