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Ball Ground man charged in fatal crash



Tyler Callahan

Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office - Cherokee County, Ga. August 4, 2017. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit has charged Tyler Callahan 21 years of age of Ball Ground after the investigation of a single vehicle accident that occurred April 1, 2017 which killed a passenger the vehicle, Tyler Land.  Callahan has been charged with Vehicular Homicide in the First Degree, Vehicular Homicide in the Second Degree, DUI Drugs, and Weaving over the Roadway.  He is currently being held in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on a bond of $31,917.

VA clinic coming to Jasper


The VA clinic coming to this East Church Street spot, near Save-A-Lot, is expected to serve 6,000 veterans a year. It is slated to open in 2018.

The Atlanta VA Health Care System has entered into a lease agreement with AFTK, LLC that will bring a new VA clinic to Pickens County by next year. 

According to Greg Kendall, Atlanta VA Medical Center public affairs officer, the Pickens County VA Clinic will provide primary care and mental health services to veterans in Pickens, Dawson, Cherokee, Gilmer, Lumpkin and surrounding counties. 

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

First day of school gets A+ on traffic changes

end of first day of school

Angela Reinhardt / Photo

Jasper Middle School Assistant Principal Duane Cronic helps students find their buses on the first day of school Tuesday. There were major changes to traffic flow at JMS this year, which appear to have worked well on day one. Cronic and the school system’s Director of Operations Stacy Gilleland said the new traffic patterns worked wonders and significantly reduced congestion on Highway 53, especially during morning hours. PHS also changed parent pick-ups in the afternoon, with traffic flowing all the way around the high school. See page 10B for photos from the first day of school.   

Totally Stellar eclipse safety lecture at library



Tuesday, August 8th at 6 p.m., Dr. Samantha Blair, professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dalton State, is giving a presentation on solar eclipse education and safety for the upcoming eclipse and bringing her solar telescope. This program is open to all ages. For more information, please contact Pickens County Library at 706-692-5411.

Art & community Cornbread Reunion a hometown celebration of the arts


Cornbread Reunion

 Local artists C. Larry Wilson, Amelia McIntyre and Ed Brackin have volunteered to be dunked at the Cornbread Reunion on August 12th. 

         In the world of summer vegetables - the corn, the tomatoes, the beans, okra and squash - cornbread serves as their great unifier. It’s the cornerstone of any August harvest dinner plate in the South, used for sopping, scooping, and crumbling.