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Gas prices down over 3 cents


Georgia, GA, July 25- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.00/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.15/g, according to gasoline price website

A local man’s “giant leap for mankind"


Billy Childers relaxing at his home in Ball Ground. Childers worked for 41 years with the space program including the Apollo moon landings and the Space Shuttle Program.

By Larry Cavender
Contributing writer

    "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Those memorable words were declared by Neil Armstrong 47 years ago this week when he first set foot on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969 as the commander of Apollo 11. A local connection to Armstrong, the moon landing, and many other NASA space missions is a Ball Ground resident who worked with the space program for forty-one years.

Schools gear up for the first day

Harmony sees largest new enrollment
For information about the upcoming school year click here to see this week’s special school insert, which includes profiles of each school and other important information for parents. 

    At their July meeting, the Pickens County school board seemed pleased about student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year, with 93 new students signed up during countywide registration.  
    Harmony Elementary saw the highest new student enrollment at 26; followed by 13 at Hill City Elementary; then 12 at both Jasper Elementary and Pickens High; eight for the pre-k program; nine at Tate Elementary; seven at Pickens County Middle; and six at Jasper Middle. 

Main Stop Market burglary work of professionals, police say


    Plywood covers the door of Main Stop Market after it was smashed during a robbery on July 13th.

    It took four robbers less than three minutes to break in and make off with the safe from Main Stop Market, in the early morning hours of July 13th.
    Jasper Police Sgt. Matt Dawkins said the work appears tied to a criminal group that has committed a rash of commercial burglaries in north Georgia including Lumpkin County, Cherokee County, Gainesville, Cleveland and Dalton, primarily at convenience stores.

Wild police chase across Bartow, Cherokee counties

GBI press release

   Cherokee County, Georgia  On Saturday, July 16, 2016, at approximately 9:00 PM, the GBI was requested by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting incident that occurred at Highway 92 and Dixie Drive after a multi-jurisdictional vehicle pursuit involving a stolen Bartow County Sheriff’s patrol car ended in Cherokee County.

    Preliminary information indicates that a Bartow County Sheriff’s Deputy had responded to a suspicious person entering autos call in the area of Arrington Road in Acworth, Bartow County. The deputy located the suspicious person who was subsequently identified as Lorenzo Leon Taylor, age 32, of Mississippi.  The deputy was in the process of a field interview with Taylor when he was approached by a witness who had additional information about the suspicious person call.  As the deputy was speaking with the witness, Taylor entered the deputy’s patrol car and fled.  The witness appears to be a valid witness and has no connection to Taylor.