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Dog reunited with family after missing for one year

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    Katie Gibson has Gus back home after he went missing for almost a year.

By Suzy Price
Intern reporter
     In March of 2015, a dog was dropped off at Pickens Animal Rescue (PAR). The dog was extremely malnourished, had a broken hip from being hit by a car, and was completely unrecognizable from when he had gone missing a month earlier.

Mother of child with Stage IV cancer begs for prayers from community

Fundraiser, GoFundMe page set up to help with medical expenses

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Eligh Ingram has a rare and aggressive cancer, RMS. Donate to help with his medical expenses at his GoFundMe page "Prayers for Eligh Ingram."    

 

          Last Sunday, February 28th was Eligh Ingram’s fourth birthday, but this year there was no amount of cake or ice cream that could make everything okay.
    That’s because one month-to-the-day before his birthday, Eligh was diagnosed with Stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma, or RMS, a rare and very aggressive form of cancer. Doctors give him a one-in-three chance

Pet owners charged with neglect but identity of dog shooter still unknown

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    In late January, two dogs were found shot in Waleska. One was disemboweled. Officials are still looking for the person(s) responsible for the shooting. 

From the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office


    On Wednesday, Jan. 27, two pit bull mix dogs were found shot to death along Friendship Road near Waleska, Ga.
    While the person(s) responsible for the shooting death of the dogs has not been identified and the case investigation is ongoing, awaiting necropsy and ballistic reports, the investigation into the deaths of the two dogs has resulted in the owners being charged with the following county ordinance violations; Two counts of Unrestrained Animal; Two counts of Animal Neglect/Inadequate Vet Care; and two counts Without Proof of Rabies Inoculation.
    Investigation revealed the dogs both suffered from neglect before they were shot and killed and not cared for in a manner that was humane and proper.
    The owners are identified as Brenda Louise Gravely of Canton, and Sarah Kerstetter, also of Canton.
    The investigation into this crime continues and anyone with information is asked to contact the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office.

West Price Creek Road closed after bridge deemed unsafe

bridge-at-price-creek-rd-west    The county says they are on the “fast track” to get West Price Creek Road reopened.
    A stretch of West Price Creek Road has been closed after a bridge over a stream was judged to be unsafe last week.
    The bridge, located about .5 miles from Highway 136, was closed Friday after DOT engineers advised the county it appeared unsafe for further vehicle use.

Most foster kids there because of parents’ meth abuse

Foster home numbers up some here, but more still needed   

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                Pickens DFCS Resource Developer Carla Poole works directly with foster parents

                                                           and kids in the county.

     There are two notes hanging on Pickens County DFCS Resource Developer Carla Poole’s office bookshelf, written in scribbled handwriting.
    One reads, “Ms. Carla, Thank you for helping me find my forever home.”
    The other, “Thank you for bringing me a brother.” 
    Right now there are 96 kids under the care of Pickens DFCS who want a stable home and family, whether it be one reunited with their biological parents or a new home with foster parents. Of those 96, a staggering 99.5 percent are from parents or caretakers who abuse methamphetamines.

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