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Woman dies in Ball Ground crash



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All passengers of this overturned Tahoe on Ball Ground Hwy were transported to local hospitals for injuries. One woman suffered fatal injuries.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Press Release

     Cherokee County, Ga. March 28, 2018. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched Wednesday morning at 6:18 a.m. to an accident with injuries on Ball Ground Hwy at Jordan Road.  A Toyota pickup truck, driven by Joseph Handel 55 years of age of Jasper, was traveling southbound on Ball Ground Hwy turning left onto Jordan Road.  A Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Dylan Robertson 20 years of age of Ball Ground, was traveling northbound on Ball Ground Hwy when it was struck by the pickup truck causing it to flip over onto its roof.  All parties in the Tahoe were transported to a local hospital.  A passenger in Tahoe, Kirsten Robertson 21 years of age of Ball Ground, was later pronounced deceased due to injuries received in the accident.  A third passenger in the Tahoe, a juvenile female, was uninjured.  Dylan Robertson was reported to have had minor injuries.

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting the investigation into the cause of the accident. Criminal charges will be determined at the conclusion of the investigation.

Large meth supplier in Talking Rock taken down

      Pickens Sheriff’s officers arrested a man they say supplied methamphetamine to other sellers and confiscated almost a kilo of the drug, plus marijuana, prescription pills and 22 firearms last week.

     Detective Chris Romine said the case originated with information from a separate stolen item investigation.

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


Century-old Ball Ground home damaged by fire;

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      A 29-year-old female occupant of this residence in Ball Ground heard an explosion and discovered smoke and flames. Thankfully, there were no injuries after the woman rescued both her seven-month-old daughter and family pet. Because of the quick response of Station 2 of the Cherokee County Fire Department located in Ball Ground, the flames were contained to a rear corner of this 108-year-old one-story wooden structure located at 155 Depot Street.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer


A home purported to be over 100 years old was damaged by a fire last Friday afternoon, March 23rd. No one was injured in the blaze which occurred at 155 Depot Street in Ball Ground.

According to a statement released by the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, "The 29-year-old female occupant of the home...heard an explosion and went to the back of the house to investigate and saw smoke and flames." 

Chamber responds to open records request

     In an effort to provide transparency to taxpayers, the Pickens Progress requested information about tax money sent to the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce from the Pickens County and City of Jasper governments for economic development. 

The Open Records request came after the legitimacy of Pickens County Economic Development Director Gerry Nechvatal’s dismissal by the Pickens County and Jasper Economic Development Council (EDC) was called into question. 

It’s time to hunt some Easter eggs


Damon Howell / Photo

Local children enjoyed overfilling their Easter baskets at Cornerstone Church’s Easter egg hunt last Saturday. There are more hunts and numerous church services planned for the Easter holiday. You can find information on all the Easter activities  throughout this week’s paper.