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Cherokee Marshal seeks help in horse cruelty case


         Press Release Cherokee Marshal's Office - The Cherokee Marshal’s Office is currently investigating an animal cruelty case. At approximately 8:00 a.m. an 8-year-old Irish Sport Show Horse was found deceased in a pasture. Preliminary investigation indicates the horse sustained a gunshot wound to the head.  The horse was boarded at The Stables at Union Hill which is a boarding facility. The Cherokee Marshal’s Office is requesting the publics assistance in this case; if anyone has any information regarding this case please contact the Cherokee Marshal’s Office at 678-493-6203.   Owners’ are offering a reward of $15,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible.      

CONSUMER ALERT: Beware of Flood-Damaged Vehicles Being Sold in the Wake of Recent Storms



ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today cautioned Georgians in the market for a vehicle to be aware that many of the flood-damaged cars from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will be recycled into the used car market. Such vehicles are often sold at auction and then wind up on used car lots. Sometimes the vehicle’s title will indicate “salvage” or “totaled,” but sometimes dishonest dealers retitle the vehicle in another state and do not disclose the damage on the vehicle’s title as required, a practice known as “title washing.”

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Ball Ground takes first step to limit truck traffic downtown

BG ribbon cutting

     A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held for Boutique Unique which specializes in personalized merchandise. Seen cutting the ribbon in center are owners Teal and Wendell Sanders flanked by members of the Ball Ground Business and Community Association.

By Larry Cavender

Contibuting Writer

At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on September 14th, the Ball Ground City Council approved a resolution in hopes eventually to remove portions of State Route 372 from the state highway system. The resolution asks the Cherokee County government to support the city in this effort, and is only the first step in the town's attempts to limit downtown truck traffic.

If Cherokee County agrees to support the measure, and Mayor Rick Roberts says indications are the county would offer their support, the next move would be to petition the Georgia Department

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School board cuts taxes


Pickens County schools general fund. Revenue source comparison, FY01 to FY18. **FY17 & 18 figures based on budgeted revenue.

        Following a vote to lower the millage rate by the school board earlier this month, the Progress sat down with Superintendent Carlton Wilson and school finance director Amy Smith.

This marks the largest rollback in the millage rate in seven years and the second straight year of cuts.

The tax rate for 2017 was approved at 15.66 mills, down from 15.98 last year and from 16.1 mills the four years prior.

        In terms of local tax dollars (mostly from property taxes) the schools will budget to collect $21,416,418 for 2017, only slightly lower than the amount collected last year, but almost $900,000 lower than the amount collected 2012, when they budgeted for $22.3 million in local taxes.

        See full story, which includes comments from the schools finance officer and superintendent, in this week's print or online edition. 

Fire crews battle two blazes in past week



A county fireman goes head to head with a blaze that engulfed a home off Highway 108 in south Pickens. Just four days later crews fought a house fire at the top of Burnt Mountain. The family living in the home lost everything. Click here to find the GoFundMe account to help Pete Coker and family. This was the first of two fires in one week.  



     A massive house fire near the summit of Burnt Mountain  could be seen for miles on Sunday, Sept.17.  

     “It was a big, hot fire,” said Pickens County Fire Marshal Curtis Clark.  

A neighbor on Longview Road off Highway 136 near the Gilmer line, where the home was located, called the fire in at approximately 5 p.m. The home was engulfed in flames and smoke, and is considered a total loss. 

     The fire marshal said the cause is unknown at this time.  

     “We just don’t know. There’s nothing left to look at,” Clark said. “Everything is gone.”  

     The house was uninhabited, and had been for months according to neighbors. At the time of the interview Clark was tracking down the owners. 

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