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Jasper Police make felony stop

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       Damon Howell / Photo A felony stop is an action-packed event, with firearms and tasers pulled as standard protocol. Here, the white truck had been reported stolen from Dawson County. See video at  CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL VIDEO. 


        Two Jasper Police officers made a felony stop on a vehicle reported stolen Thursday, July 6th in front of Deb’s Bakery in Jasper.

      The white truck was reported stolen in Dawson County and had been tracked by a GPS device in it to Jasper. Jasper officers spotted it running the red light at E. Church Street and Burnt Mountain Road.

Sgt. Matt Dawkins with the Jasper police said the officers followed standard “felony stop”

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Murder, suicide in Waleska

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Press Release - Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched at 8:26am to conduct a welfare check at a residence off of Clay Wade Drive in Waleska, Ga.  When deputies arrived at the residence they located a deceased female, Laura Pearson 43 years of age of Waleska, in the living room of the home.  After continuing to search the residence a deceased male, Shawn Porter 49 years of age of

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Local ties popping up in deadly Canton gun battle

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     Pickens Sheriff  and Canton Police officers make a large showing at a Jasper residence the morning following the deadly shooting in Canton. Two men considered “persons of interest” were taken into custody on minor charges.

       A Jasper man and a Ball Ground man have been tied to the deadly Canton shootings and arrested on lesser charges involving the June 25th incident. A Marietta man has been charged with the felony murder. 

With more than 70 rounds fired, the shootings left two dead and one injured.

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Parent expert: The raving parent lunatic scale

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By John Rosemond

    Do you need a parent-nanny? Not a nanny for your child, mind you, but one for you!
    I recently introduced my readers to what I call “upside-down, inside-out and turned around backwards parent-view disorder” (the column in question is currently posted on The symptoms of this ubiquitous malady include pervasive and persistent parenting stress, worry, anxiety, guilt, anger, resentment, and then, more guilt. When all is said and done, these poor souls are in never-ending confusion over “Who’s in charge around here?”

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Health care forum packed with detailed discussion

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At the  forum last Thursday members of the public were asked to show their pre-existing conditions to make a statement on the importance of insurance coverage.

The Pickens Democrats and Appalachian Indivisible health care forum drew a surprising crowd of more than 60 people to Chattahoochee Tech considering Thursday was a rainy night during summer vacation.

More surprising was the number and depth of the questions. The audience wanted to talk minutiae of national health care with the panel of three health care speakers and one congressional candidate.

Marie Head from Appalachian Indivisible said the turnout shows the topic is universal; it’s an issue that people want to learn about and need to talk about, she said.

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