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Cherokee sheriff investigating man impersonating officer

     

     Cherokee County, Ga. December 11, 2017. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a report of a police impersonator on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at approximately 7:25pm.  The female victim stated she was traveling northbound on I-575 between exits 14 and 16 when she came into contact with a vehicle described as a dark grey Dodge Ram truck with only two doors possible model year of 2000 or newer.  She said the truck initially passed her and then slowed down and got behind her vehicle.  The victim then noticed flashing blue lights coming from the truck and subsequently pulled over to the side of the road.  The driver of the truck made contact with her stating that he had pulled her over for impeding the flow of traffic.  The victim described the suspect as a white male 30-35 years of age, 5’10”-6’00”, 180-200lbs, brown colored hair crew cut style, brown eyes and wearing dark colored fatigue style pants with a black t-shirt with a “Punisher” emblem on the front.  The victim stated he was wearing a badge described as a star style with a circle around it, advising her he worked for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.  After a brief discussion, the victim was allowed to leave.

      Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is conducting the investigation in this case and we are asking the public for their assistance if they noticed this traffic stop or saw anything suspicious on Sunday evening around 7pm.  Please call our Criminal Investigations Division at

770-928-0239 or 911 if you have any information.

A Christmas Story, The Musical rescheduled for this Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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A Christmas Story, The Musical is this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday on the PHS stage. The elaborate stage sets even features a PT Cruiser that was taken apart and reassembled inside the building.


A Christmas Story, The Musical has been rescueduled for December 13, 14, and 15 on the Pickens High School Performing Arts stage. The show will begin each night at 7 p.m. The show was originally planned for last Friday and Saturday but snow forced the cancellation of all the shows.
The musical, many will know from the popular television movie, takes place in the 1940s in Indiana and focuses on a nine-year-old  named Ralphie, who desperately wants a BB gun for Christmas - specifically a Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun. The only problem? Everyone is convinced he’ll shoot his

Jackpot fever: Friday’s Mega Millions at $176M; Saturday’s Powerball at $212M

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ATLANTA – As temperatures drop across Georgia, jackpot fever is heating things upFriday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $176 million, and Saturday’s Powerball jackpot has reached boiling point at $212 million.

 

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Oct. 17 and has rolled 15 times.

 

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $176 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $110 million.

 

It only takes $2 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play. The new optional $3 wager Just the Jackpot allows players to receive two entries for a chance to win the game’s jackpot prize only.

 

The Powerball jackpot has grown since Oct. 28 and has rolled 12 times.

 

Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $212 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $133 million. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions and Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

 

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $19 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.8 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

 

 

MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $176 million

Annuity AmountJackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $110 million

Cost to Play: $2 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier; $3 for Just the Jackpot

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:302 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Oct. 17, 2017

Number of Rolls: 15

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Oct. 13, 2017 – $43 million (Michigan and Rhode Island) 

No. 1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million (Illinois, Kansas and Maryland) 

 

POWERBALL FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $212 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $133 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24.87
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:292 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Oct. 28, 2017
Number of Rolls: 12
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Oct. 25, 2017 – $191 million jackpot (Louisiana)
No. 1 Powerball Jackpot: 
Jan. 13, 2016 – $1.586 billion jackpot (California; Florida; and Tennessee)

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., Mega Millions and Powerball, please visit:

www.galottery.com, www.megamillions.com and www.powerball.com 

 

Roads worse than expected

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County EMA Director John Nicholson said roads are worse than expected in a Friday mid-day interview. He encouraged the travelling public to stay off the roadways until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest and to “watch it even then and Sunday morning.”

  Nicholson said the county crews are working on the roads now and did some limited salt and gravel spreading Thursday night, but the storm got here quicker than they had expected.

  “We were expecting it during the day, but not really starting to stick to before 10 a.m. or noon Friday,” he said.

  Nicholson said the roads are not expected to improve this afternoon. And, tonight there is a serious risk of black ice, making early morning commutes tomorrow hazardous.

    “There have been a lot of fender-benders but no major wrecks,” Nicholson said in a brief mid-morning interview.

It’s finally here - A Christmas Story, The Musical premieres

Pickens native Joe Robinette’s play comes to Jasper 

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A Christmas Story, The Musical hits the stage this Friday and Saturday at Pickens High School. The elaborate stage sets even features a PT Cruiser that was taken apart and reassembled inside the building. 

 

A Christmas Story, The Musical will hit the PHS stage this weekend and a former Jasper resident and 1956 Pickens High graduate, Joe Robinette, is the man who penned the script. The play opened on Broadway in November 2012.

At PHS, Robinette played sports, was senior class president, and took part in two plays. He went on to become a professor emeritus at Rowan University and has written over 50 plays that have been published in numerous languages around the world. He has collaborated with E.B. White on the official