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Mountain bike trails open up in Pickens County

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     6-year-old rider Beau Tate at the Talking Rock Nature Preserve trails now open to the public. His father, Will Tate, is president of the local friends of the trails and said the trails are well-suited for younger and beginning riders.

After five years of planning and work, the private land trust that owns the property announced this week that the mountain bike trails at the Talking Rock Nature Preserve are open to the public and free to ride or hike.

Bill Jones of Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (STPAL), speaking at the Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday said they were expecting the last loads of gravel to be delivered for the parking lot that day at the center of the 211-acre tract on the west side of Highway 515 at the Pickens/Gilmer line. 

Five of the planned 10 miles of trail are ready and work continues on the remainder at this time. The park can be accessed from Old Whitestone Road or Carnes Mill Road coming from Highway 515 across from Biguns Barbeque.

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Is the Pickens County Animal Shelter up for grabs?

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       The Pickens County Animal Shelter opened in 2009. The county is now fielding proposals from two entities interested in taking over operations and/or medical care.  

       At the most recent commissioners work session, board members briefly discussed a proposal from a local veterinarian interested in taking over Pickens County Animal Shelter operations, as well as a second group that has separately expressed interest in contracting for the care of the animals. 

Animal Medical Clinic, operated by Dr. Craig Chester, has proposed to move his operations to the animal shelter and use his current office for quarantine. Full details of his proposal were not made public at this time, but Dr. Chester will make a presentation at the next regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 21.  

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UPDATE: Man thought to be police impersonator identified

     Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office - Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division has identified the person who was originally said to be a police impersonator.  The male works as a certified peace officer for the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office.  He was working in an off duty capacity, as a peace officer, inside of Cherokee County when he initiated the traffic stop. 

         While we appreciate all of our adjoining and sister law enforcement agencies not only here in metro Atlanta but throughout the state and nation we would always prefer that an officer from outside our jurisdiction request assistance from us prior to initiating law enforcement action within Cherokee County.  If it cannot be done prior to the law enforcement action then notify us immediately upon completion of that action.  We work very hard to cultivate the relationship we have with our citizens and would not want that jeopardized by the actions of an outside agency.


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Surprise snow causes cancellations, rescheduling of numerous holiday events

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Aaron Sanderson walks his dog in the Bent Tree Community Saturday. While it made a nice break for many, the snow forced cancellation of numerous Christmas events. See more snow photos on pages 6-7B.


Last Friday’s massive snowfall may have been a  nice early winter surprise for some, but organizers of weekend events were left out in the cold when their projects were forced to cancel due to slippery road conditions. 

From holiday musicals and plays to Jeep rides benefiting Toys for Tots, numerous events were left stranded in the wake of the eight inches of snow that fell throughout the county.

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Revolution Church breaks ground on North Main

The harvest is plentiful and the workers just got a lot more


Revolution Pastor Jason Gerdes breaks ground at the site of their Jasper campus, near the Jasper Fire Department, with a Revolution-logo’ed shovel Sunday. The planned 20,000 square-foot church is expected to be complete in late 2018.


         Members of Revolution Church officially broke ground on a Jasper campus  with a ceremony Sunday at their site on North Main Street near the Jasper Fire Department.

        Jasper Campus Pastor Chad Elliott thanked local officials, including the county commissioners, Jasper mayor, school board and sheriff’s office, for help in seeing their vision move ahead.

Revolution Church began in Canton in 2004 and has grown to see attendance of 2,500 each week at their main campus.

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