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Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
Cherokee County man charged with assaulting and detaining disabled grandmother

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2023 12:34


A Cherokee County man has been indicted after prosecutors say he abused his disabled grandmother and did not allow her to leave their home. Nathan Bellino of Canton is charged with four counts of exploitation and intimidation of a disabled adult, one count of aggravated assault — family violence, one count of battery — family violence and one count of false imprisonment, according to the indictment filed January 10. The indictment charges Bellino with strangling his grandmother, hitting and pinching her, and depriving her of medical services, and blocking the exit and refusing to allow her to leave the home they shared in east Cherokee County near Canton. Prosecutors in the indictment say he caused "mental anguish" with his acts of violence, threats of violence and by limiting her contact with other people. The alleged incidents took place in October, according to the indictment. In an arrest warrant filed October 24 by the Cherokee Sheriff's Office, officers say Bellino took his grandmother's cell phone and prevented her from leaving the home for about four days. A Towne Lake collectibles store had “well over 1,000” cards stolen from its collection last week, the store's owner said, but the incident isn't slowing them down. BT Collectibles was broken into during the early morning of January 8. Co-owner Robert Mulligan said there was glass on the floor when he arrived that day. As of Monday, no one had been arrested in connection to this case, said Patty Pan, community affairs liaison for the Cherokee Sheriff's Office. Mulligan said that, after the perpetrator or perpetrators broke into the store, they went to the sealed display cases, smashing them and taking the cards.  Mulligan said there was another robbery in Roswell two days later involving another card shop. Robert Mulligan, alongside his wife, Beatrice Mulligan, opened BT Collectibles about a year-and-a half ago. The store has become popular in the Towne Lake community, and Mulligan said the support from both this community and Cherokee County as a whole has been “overwhelming.” The store fully opened again the following Tuesday, with support pouring in from customers and from social media users. For updates on the store, please visit the BT Collectibles Facebook page. BT Collectibles has a number of sports trading cards, Pokémon cards, memorabilia, comic books, collectibles, figurines, Funko POP figurines and more. In addition to buying cards from the store, customers can also bring in cards to sell. A longtime MUST Ministries employee and volunteer for many community organizations has been named the First Citizen of Cherokee County by the local Chamber of Commerce. As MUST's community liaison for Cherokee County, Kendall Jones is credited with helping hundreds of people with food, shelter and other needs. Jones was surprised with the honor by the Cherokee Chamber Thursday at its annual meeting, and was soon surrounded by family members on stage as he walked up to accept the award. Jones also sang a hymn to the audience, “Make Me a Servant,” which he said he sings to himself most days when he drives to work. Before Jones joined MUST's staff, he was a volunteer at their food pantry. In 2010, he became MUST's volunteer coordinator and intake manager. He was promoted to program director at MUST Cherokee, Cherokee Chamber Pam Carnes said, and in 2019 the nonprofit created his role specifically for him. Jones chairs the Canton Housing Authority, which owns and operates public housing in the city with federal funding, and serves as a board member of Cherokee FOCUS, a collaborative that supports children and families in the community. He also volunteers for the The Homeless Coalition of Cherokee County and for the chamber. In addition to serving Cherokee County through various local organizations, Jones has extended his service abroad as the missions chair at Canton First United Methodist Church. A crew of Cherokee County firefighters is raising money for one of their own after he lost his home to a fire Monday. Firefighter Joel Saunders and his wife, Carolyn, are staying with a friend after their home burned to the ground, according to a GoFundMe page set up by Saunders' crew members. The couple was not home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. They lost everything except for their vehicles, according to the page and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services. According to Cherokee Fire spokesperson Lieutenant Michael Sims, the couple had lived in Blue Ridge. A link to the Go Fund Me can be found at Tribune Ledger dot com. House of Hope, a Cherokee County-based food bank, is celebrating 10 years in operation supporting their community. The nonprofit organization, with a home base located east of Canton on Cumming Highway, provides aid for between 105 to 130 families coming from as far as Dahlonega and Jasper every week. Its programs include food box pickups, a clothing closet and supplying families with smoke detectors and car seats. Director Wendy Graham shared that when beginning the expansions of the original pantry, she was told that most organizations fizzle out by three years. Ten years later, Graham and operations manager Christy Hofrichter are aiming their sights even higher. The nonprofit took its first steps on December 22, 2012 as a means of providing one hot meal to families connected with Free Home Elementary. Graham went one step further to provide Christmas Eve meals that month. The pantry's generosity grew to meet the needs of their community. Soon they were offering a soup kitchen in January, toiletry bags and care packages of nonperishable food items. When summer came, the organization opened its doors every Wednesday to continue to provide foodstuffs. Plans for the pantry's future include a separate room for the clothing closet and a larger truck for necessary item transportation. Graham said she also wants to help support other budding food banks in the area. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to visit the food pantry at 11954 Cumming Highway on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Otherwise, the organization accepts monetary, food and clothing donations year-round. For more information, go to House of Hope dot Org. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Acworth man killed in crash near Woodstock

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 2:39


An Acworth man died after he was struck by a vehicle on Highway 92 near Woodstock Wednesday, the Cherokee Sheriff's Office reported. According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at about 9 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 92 near Wade Green Road. The pedestrian appeared to have been attempting to cross Highway 92, authorities said. He was not in a crosswalk when he was struck. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Cherokee fire raising money for one of their own

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 2:26


A crew of Cherokee County firefighters is raising money for one of their own after he lost his home to a fire Monday. Firefighter Joel Saunders and his wife, Carolyn, are staying with a friend after their home burned to the ground, according to a GoFundMe page set up by Saunders' crew members. The couple was not home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. They lost everything except for their vehicles, according to the page and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: California man indicted in 2021 Holly Springs shooting

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 3:08


A Cherokee County grand jury has formally charged a California man with multiple felonies after prosecutors say he shot an armored truck guard in Holly Springs in 2021. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
Parents indicted for smothering death of infant

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 9:26


A man and woman have been indicted by a Cherokee County grand jury on charges related to the death of their infant child in 2021. According to an indictment filed Jan. 10, Railey Smelley, 24, of Dallas, Georgia, and Conor Catalan, 23, of Woodstock are each charged with felony counts of second degree murder, second degree cruelty to children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Smelley is charged with causing the infant to die of asphyxiation, per the indictment. In an arrest warrant filed by the Cherokee Sheriff's Office, authorities say she rolled over the child while under the influence of illegal drugs in October 2021 in a Cherokee County apartment. When he died, the baby was only about six weeks old, according to the sheriff's office. Catalan, is charged with transferring custody of the infant to Smelley, knowing she was under the influence of drugs. Smelley and Catalan were arrested in March after they turned themselves in, according to the sheriff's office. Overnight in late October, a fire broke out in the ceiling of the dry storage room at Williamson Brothers Bar-B-Q in Canton, causing the temporary closing of a beloved restaurant. After almost four months of repairs, the restaurant's owners expect to open its doors sometime between mid-February and March 1. The plan to reopen the restaurant marks a happy occasion for the restaurant's owners, staff and customers. Although the restaurant was damaged, the spirit and optimism of the staff was not. The fire is said to have started in the dry storage room due to wiring in the ceiling, Morales said. As the fire grew stronger, the smoke made its way throughout the restaurant, damaging walls and rooms in the rest of the building. After receiving the call, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services dispatched firefighters to the restaurant at 1:01 a.m. October 23, according to the fire department. While there may be some minor changes to the restaurant due to repairs, the overall look and feel of Williamson Brothers will remain the same as it was before the fire. Si Woo Kim of South Korea birdied his final two holes to fire his second straight 6-under 64 and win the Sony Open on Sunday in Honolulu. Kim's eight birdies and two bogeys helped him finish the week with an 18-under 262, beating third-round leader Hayden Buckley by a stroke. The key moment came at the par-3 17th, where Kim's tee shot missed the green. He chipped in from about 28 feet away for a birdie that proved pivotal. Kim said that before hitting his chip, he heard a crowd roar in the distance that told him Buckley had made a birdie at the hole behind him. Etowah grad Chris Kirk finished in third at 15 under. Kirk led after Friday but was unable to hold on to the lead. The tour resumes this weekend with the American Express in La Quinta, California. Private First Class Silas John Bisbee from Woodstock, has graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. Bisbee successfully completed 13 weeks of basic training as one of 72 recruits in Platoon 4044 and graduated in November. While in recruit training Bisbee was recognized as an expert shooter, squad leader and honor platoon along with the squad. After 10 days leave he reported to Camp Geiger for Marine Corps combat training. Bisbee is a graduate of Woodstock High School. Four finalists have been selected for the Service League of Cherokee County's annual Heritage of Hope Award, the organization announced. After receiving nominations from across community members, the Service League has selected Josh Bagby, Julie Darnell, Juvenile Court Judge Jennifer Davis, and Michele Prance as finalists for the award. The Heritage of Hope Award was established by the Service League to honor a person who is making significant contributions to children in the Cherokee County community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. According to the Service League, the four finalists have consistently demonstrated qualities of compassion and service to either one organization or a variety of volunteer activities that benefit children. They also serve as role models for compassion and service to children in need and strive to make Cherokee County a better place. Cherokee and North Cobb went back and forth for three quarters on Friday night in Kennesaw, but it was Cherokee that built a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and held on through the final buzzer for a 75-61 win. Cherokee held an 11-point advantage at halftime despite five lead changes in the second quarter alone. It scored 13 unanswered points before halftime, with Lawrence Sanford and Tayden Owens leading the charge. North Cobb came out of halftime with a purpose and, led by Evan Daniel's seven straight points, it cut Cherokee's lead to single digits. It cut the deficit to just two points at 49-47 after Jalan Johnson was fouled on a 3-pointer and converted all three free throws. On the next two possessions, though, Cherokee converted on back-to-back 3-pointers from Sanford and Cameron Pope, pushing its lead back up to eight points. Cherokee led 60-49 at the end of the third quarter and outscored North Cobb 15-12 over the final frame to finish off a sixth straight win. Cherokee's win streak continued, and momentum is on its side after knocking off Walton for the second time on Tuesday. It improved to 14-2 overall and 2-0 in the region, with another region matchup against Kennesaw Mountain coming on tonight. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/                 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Williamson Bros. to reopen soon

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 3:03


 Overnight in late October, a fire broke out in the ceiling of the dry storage room at Williamson Brothers Bar-B-Q in Canton, causing the temporary closing of a beloved restaurant. After almost four months of repairs, the restaurant's owners expect to open its doors sometime between mid-February and March 1. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/             See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
Former Cherokee County teacher arrested for child exploitation

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2023 11:12


A former teacher at Cherokee Charter Academy and her husband were recently arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on charges of sexual exploitation of children, the GBI announced. On December 29, William Sandridge, 42, and Allyn Sandridge of Gordon County, were arrested and each charged with eight counts of sexual exploitation of children by the GBI's Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit. Allyn Sandridge was formerly a teacher at Cherokee Charter Academy near Holly Springs. According to the GBI, the agency's CEACC Unit and Homeland Security Investigations began a joint investigation into the Sandridges' online activity after receiving a report in reference to their online activity. This investigation led to a search warrant of the Sandridges' home and their subsequent arrests. The Sandridges were taken to the Gordon County Jail upon their arrest. As of Thursday, they remained in custody, according to the jail's website. A spokesperson for the charter school said that Allyn Sandridge is no longer an employee there, but declined to comment further. The Office of Cherokee County Elections and Voter Registration has been honored by the Georgia Secretary of State's office with the 2023 Foundation Builders Award. This is the very first year that this award has been given out. The Office of Cherokee County Election and Voter Registration received the award in front of 300 of their counterparts January 4 while attending the Georgia Registered Voter Information System conference in Athens. For more information on Cherokee County Elections and Voter Registration, visit cherokeegavotes.com Georgia's second straight CFP National Championship win, a 65-7 victory over TCU, brought plenty of excitement to the residents of Cherokee County, many of which made the trip to SoFi Stadium to see the action in person. The Bulldogs became the first team to repeat as national champions since the College Football Playoff era began in 2014. Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace was among the area's residents to venture to Inglewood, California, for Monday night's title game. She went with her husband, Kyle, and enjoyed every minute. Kyle Wallace took in a moment of history as Georgia throttled TCU on college football's biggest stage. Two Woodstock residents and Georgia graduates, Bill and Alicia Bishop knew they had to see the Bulldogs play in their second straight title game, hoping to witness another special college football moment. They flew from Atlanta to Phoenix, and then drove another six hours to LA for the game. For Tom Sheehan, Monday's game was more than just a national championship. Sheehan's son, Drew, is a junior tight end for Georgia, so it was about seeing his son experience the pinnacle of college football. Drew played for Woodstock, coached by Brent Budde, and walked onto the Bulldogs' roster last season, and Tom said the last two years have been life-changing. The Bulldogs will be hosting a championship parade and celebration today in Athens, where certainly many more Cherokee Countians will make the trip to revel in the victory. The Atlanta Regional Commission has recognized Cherokee County as a certified silver level Green Community. In metro Atlanta, 16 other local governments comprised of 11 cities and five counties have received a Green Community distinction. At the silver level, Cherokee County has amassed more than 229 points by implementing changes that reduce the environmental impact of the county, according to ARC. Cherokee County was Energy Star Certified after renovations to county facilities, including the marshal's office and public works buildings. Officials also worked toward expediting solar permits for residential projects, permitting over 100 solar energy projects in the last four years. According to ARC, the county's fire training center has saved 150,000 gallons per week by reusing water during fire suppression training procedures. The practice has saved $3,000 a month. In addition, the county purchased three propane-fueled buses for the Cherokee Area Transportation System as part of a program exploring alternative fuel use.  A glass pulverizer purchased in 2021 for the Cherokee County Recycling Center has saved over $11,000 by using the repurposed material for infrastructure projects. Four points were the difference on Wednesday as the Reinhardt men's basketball team got back on track in the AAC. The Eagles outlasted Milligan 83-79, finishing a second straight win after knocking off Tennessee Wesleyan last Saturday. It's been a season of ups and downs for Reinhardt, but following the two straight wins, it moved to 8-6 in conference play and is one game away from the .500 mark for the season at 8-9 overall. Wednesday's game was a rare moment where the Eagles were outshot by Milligan but managed to still escape with the win. Reinhardt shot 42.2 percent overall compared to the opposition's 54.3 percent and 47.4 percent from behind the 3-point line. Milligan shot 63.6 percent in the second half yet only outscored Reinhardt 48-47. The Eagles' defense made a difference in the first half, finishing with an 8-4 advantage in steals while hauling in eight offensive rebounds to keep possessions alive. Four Reinhardt players finished Wednesday's win in double figures. Tafari Thomas led the way with 20 points while nearing a double-double with nine rebounds. Nate Louis was right behind him with 18 points, including a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line. Reinhardt will look to win a third straight game Saturday afternoon as it hits the road for Kentucky Christian. If the Eagles can beat the 4-14 Knights, they will even their overall record and move three games over .500 in AAC play. The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners will hold special called meetings on January 19 and 20 for its annual planning retreat. Meetings will be in the events central conference room at the Mill on Etowah, on Reformation Parkway in Canton. Topics include, but may not be limited to, departmental updates and long-term needs; package liquor regulations, tax assessment issues, sales taxes, court parking and expansion, and build-to-rent regulations. The meetings are open to the public as follows: On Thursday, January 19th: Public sessions begin at 9 a.m. and are scheduled to end at about 5 p.m. Sessions will break for lunch from about noon to 1:15 p.m. On Friday, January 20th: Public sessions begin at 9 a.m. and are scheduled to end at about 3 p.m. Sessions will break for lunch from about noon to 1:15 p.m. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/             See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Cherokee certified as a Green Community

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 2:39


The Atlanta Regional Commission has recognized Cherokee County as a certified silver level Green Community. In metro Atlanta, 16 other local governments comprised of 11 cities and five counties have received a Green Community distinction. At the silver level, Cherokee County has amassed more than 229 points by implementing changes that reduce the environmental impact of the county, according to ARC. Cherokee County was Energy Star Certified after renovations to county facilities, including the marshal's office and public works buildings. Officials also worked toward expediting solar permits for residential projects, permitting over 100 solar energy projects in the last four years. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/         See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Woodstock native earns award for air quality research

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 3:34


Andres Munevar, a civil engineering senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, had a fairly ordinary childhood: grew up in a suburb, went to public school. But as a first-generation American raised by a single mother — his family is from Colombia — he saw struggle firsthand, and it worked to sharpen his focus. “Growing up, resources were limited and money was sparse,” he said. “But no matter what, my mother never let me go hungry, go without shelter or go without at least one Christmas present.” Instead, she modeled perseverance, making a life for them in an unfamiliar country where she didn't speak the language. Her strength became his inspiration. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/       See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Etowah boys stay undefeated in region by beating Sequoyah

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 2:08


Etowah went on the road and dominated Sequoyah 74-55 at the War Lodge on Tuesday night. The Eagles built a comfortable lead in the first quarter and kept their foot on the gas. A 14-1 run to end the first quarter set the tone for Etowah's weeknight intra-county showing. The Eagles remained perfect in Region 6AAAAAA at 5-0 while handing the Chiefs their first region loss of the year. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/       See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
Canton man arrested for embezzling from restaurant job

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 10:48


A Canton man has been sentenced to prison after he was convicted of embezzling over $300,000 from the Roswell restaurant he worked at, using a company card for visits to adult entertainment clubs. Scott Spilberg, of Canton, was sentenced December 20 to two years and six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release after he was convicted of wire fraud, court documents show. Spilberg was also ordered to pay $300,533.78 in restitution. Spilberg was convicted September 19, after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Georgia announced. According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the charges and other information presented in court: Spilberg was hired as the manager at Houck's Grille in August 2020. Starting in October 2020, Spilberg began using his company issued debit card to pay for his visits to two adult entertainment clubs. Over 11 months, he visited the clubs over 50 times, charging over $300,000 to the company debit card. The restaurant, which had 40 employees, was forced to borrow COVID relief funds to stay in business, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistant of the Roswell Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Huber prosecuted the case. Cherokee Parks and Recreation and Empower Cherokee are now accepting donations for Project Valentine, a yearly program that provides individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with gifts for Valentine's Day. From January  9 to February 8, the organization is seeking lip balm, lotions, sticky notes, pens, markers, word searches, any art or music activities, candy (sugar-free and regular) and any holiday-related items for donation. Donations may be dropped off at the Cherokee County Recreation Center on 7545 Main Street #200, in Woodstock. More information may be found at Play Cherokee dot org.  Creekview added more hardware to its trophy case on Saturday, defeating Sequoyah 52-15 for the Region 6AAAAAA championship at Etowah High School. The Grizzlies took control early in the title-clinching match and never looked back. They continue to build on last season's success when eight wrestlers became Class AAAAAA traditional state champions, and the team finished fourth overall in the state duals tournament. Following Sequoyah in the runner-up spot, River Ridge finished third, Etowah was fourth, Woodstock earned fifth place, with Allatoona and Rome, respectively, taking the bottom two spots. Creekview earned a first-round bye and downed River Ridge in its initial match 66-10. Add in the decisive 52-15 win over Sequoyah, and the Grizzlies outscored their opponents 118-25 overall. Weston Wilkie, Gabe Peterman, Jackson Locke and Isaac Hubert were also big-time contributors on Saturday, according to Cravens. Wilkie, a freshman, had to wrestle up in weight class for Creekview, while Peterman, a senior, added a momentum-shifting pin to his day. Georgia's River Network is hosting Paddle-A-Thon 2023, an initiative offering prizes to get Georgians to explore and protect the state's extensive river system through September 6. Participants in the event may compete for prizes in categories such as most trash removed, most miles paddled and most miles paddled with your pet across 220 miles of expanding water trail. The respective prizes are a $500 gift certificate from Public Lands in Kennesaw, a $500 gift certificate from Cedar Creek Outdoor Center in Hiram and a $250 gift certificate from Nestle-Purina. The grand prize, a $1,000 gift certificate from Cedar Creek Outdoor Center, is among an array of additional prizes that will be available for the top 10 individuals that raise the most money for the protection of the river systems. Listed individual and team prizes are available at might cause dot com. Since starting the season 1-7, the Woodstock girls basketball team has turned the tide to go 6-4 after opening the new year with a win over county rival Creekview. Three of the Wolverines' wins since December came against Region 6AAAAAA opponents. It has Woodstock well-positioned for a late-season surge, and with seniors Karson Martin and Casey Miller returning to the floor, coach Regina Tate-Leslie is confident the pace is sustainable. After Woodstock fell to Pope in its first game of December, Martin and Miller helped lead the Wolverines to three straight victories over Rome, Etowah and Lambert by a combined 30 points. During those three games, Martin averaged 15.7 points per game, while Miller tallied 17.7. Martin neared a triple-double in the 52-32 win over Lambert with 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, while Miller finished with a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Woodstock has plenty of help for its two leading producers in Annika Gay and Katherine Blackwell. Through 13 games, Blackwell has provided a scoring lift at 8.9 points per game and a team-best 33 3-pointers made. Gay averaged 3.3 points through 13 games and was a valuable presence inside with 7.5 rebounds per game, with 2.7 on the offensive end. After the graduation of Cherokee County Player of the Year Bridget Utberg, who averaged 20.2 points per game last season, Woodstock has five freshmen and three sophomores, with all seeing the floor and many playing vital roles. The Wolverines are on the upswing at the perfect time. Following Wednesday's win over Creekview, they moved into second place in the region behind only River Ridge. Woodstock Arts has announced plans for the first annual Woodstock Arts Film Festival, which will be accepting submissions in late January. The event is open to all submissions from eligible filmmakers from any level. Each group will have 48 hours to write, film and edit a short film with a randomized prompt. An email will be sent out on January 21 at 12 p.m. listing a theme, a line of dialogue and a prop that must be included in the film. Completed works must be submitted by noon Jan. 23. An event showcase will take place on March 18 at the Woodstock Arts Event Green on Elm Street in Woodstock. Select films will also receive awards recognized by a panel of judges. There is a $50 fee for groups to enroll in the festival. Students receive a discounted rate of $40 for their group. Payments can be made online at Woodstock Arts dot org. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/       See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Project Valentine now accepting donations

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 2:43


Cherokee Parks and Recreation and Empower Cherokee are now accepting donations for Project Valentine, a yearly program that provides individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with gifts for Valentine's Day. From Jan. 9 to Feb. 8, the organization is seeking lip balm, lotions, sticky notes, pens, markers, word searches, any art or music activities, candy (sugar-free and regular) and any holiday-related items for donation.  #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
Anna Crawford, founder of Crawford Children's Center, has died

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2023 12:32


Anna Crawford, a therapist and longtime advocate for children in Cherokee County, has died at 80 after a battle with cancer. Crawford, the founder of The Anna Crawford Children's Center and Cherokee Counseling and Psychological Associates, both in Woodstock, died December 15 at her home in Mississippi. Crawford dedicated her life to serving and helping children, women and families in need in her community, said Barbara Thomason, her partner of 28 years. Crawford founded Cherokee Counseling and Psychological Associates in downtown Woodstock in 1985. The multidisciplinary team of professionals continues to provide therapeutic services to individuals and families. Warren Kaplan was part of the group of people who helped Crawford open the counseling center. Crawford, who worked for years with children who have been abused, was also one of the original founders of the Cherokee Council on Child Abuse Inc. in 1990, later known as the Cherokee Child Advocacy Center. This would eventually be renamed The Anna Crawford Children's Center in the mid-1990s, Thomason said. Amy Economopoulos, executive director of the Anna Crawford Children's Center, said Crawford interviewed her in 2000 for a therapist and forensic interviewer position at the center. Amy described Crawford as "an art lover, elegant, kind, compassionate, giving, and a strong female role model who brought beauty wherever she went." In addition to her work with children, Crawford also served on the board of directors for the Cobb County Young Women's Christian Association, The Cherokee Family Violence Center, The Georgia Council and Task Force on Domestic Violence and was a trainer and supervisor for the Cobb and Cherokee Battered Women's shelters. Crawford had expertise knowledge in rape crisis, battering, abuse and family disfunction, which led to her appointment by former Georgia Governor  Zell Miller to the Governor's Advisory Council on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Woodstock Mayor Michael Caldwell will present the 2023 State of the City Address at two events in January, the city announced. In the address, the mayor will outline the city' accomplishments of 2022 and provide a preview of where Woodstock is heading in 2023. IN WDSTK will host the State of the City Breakfast January 20 in the Woodstock Arts City Center Theater. Registration and a networking breakfast is scheduled to start at 7:45 a.m. and the program will begin at 8:15 a.m. Mayor Caldwell will deliver the address again to the Woodstock City Council at the mayor and council meeting at 7 p.m. January 23 at the Chambers at City Center. For tickets to the IN WDSTK event, visit inwdstk.org/events. IN WDSTK investors will receive a complimentary ticket by logging into their account. Guest tickets are $15. A bulldog that calls Cherokee County home is now the “Best in Show.” Star, a three-and-a-half-year-old bulldog, earned this honor as the winner of the 22nd American Kennel Club National Championship competition December 18 in Orlando. The show aired on New Year's Day on ABC. Star's owners, the Mason family of Woodstock, Alaina Moulton of Pensacola and Star's handler, Dennis O'Connor of Glen Rose, Texas, received a $50,000 check, while Star was named “Best in Show” against 5,300 other dogs. This was Star's first time competing in this show. This was also the first time a bulldog has ever won this AKC National Championship. As part of the competition, Star and the other dogs were judged “on a standard of what that dog or breed should look like. Star travels with her handler, Dennis O'Connor, to compete in these competitions, winning 18 “best in show” titles so far, including the AKC show. Star and O'Connor work together before shows to prepare for upcoming competitions. Some of the shows that Star competes in are against bulldogs, while others such as the AKC National Championship are against dogs of all breeds. When the time comes to settle down into retirement, Natalie Mason said Star will come home and live with the Mason family permanently in Woodstock.   A Canton man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of molesting a child, the Cherokee County District Attorney's office announced. David Blackburn of Canton, was found guilty of child molestation and cruelty to children in the first degree. Senior Judge Jack Partain sentenced Blackburn on October 6 to 20 years, with the first 10 years to be served in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. According to the district attorney's office, Canton police began investigating Blackburn in December 2019 after a child reported that she was being sexually abused by a member of her family. In a forensic interview at the Anna Crawford Children's Center, the child provided detailed accounts of acts of sexual abuse that occurred from 2014 through 2019. “For years, this child tried to tell individuals in her life that Mr. Blackburn was touching her in inappropriate and sexual ways. Instead of believing her, they insisted that she was mistaken and confused about his intentions,” said Assistant District Attorney Rachel Hines of the Special Victims Unit, who prosecuted the case. “This case divided a family and forced a child to choose between telling the truth or lying to appease family members. The victim in this case showed amazing strength throughout the investigation and prosecution of this crime.” At the conclusion of the four-day trial, the jury convicted Blackburn of three counts of child molestation and one count of cruelty to children in the first degree.  Woodstock resident Barry Pencek is holding a book signing in Acworth today on his memoir of a 1970 top-secret raid in Laos. "Operation Tailwind: Memoirs of a Secret Battle in a Secret War" is a memoir of a top-secret raid in Laos conducted in 1970 in support of a CIA operation there. The book takes the reader from the jungles of Laos to the boardrooms of CNN, to the East Room of the White House. The book signing is at 1 p.m. this afternoon at Acworth Bookstore & Coffee Shop. For more information about the "Operation Tailwind" memoir, visit Barry Pencek dot com. A new women's soccer team will be competing in Canton this spring and summer, with the Georgia Impact set to play its inaugural game in the Women's Premier Soccer League in May.The WPSL, comprised of college players seeking a playing outlet before their college seasons begin in the fall, features more than 135 teams in 35 states across the country. The Georgia Impact will compete in the Southeast division with Alabama FC, Chattanooga FC, Nashville Rhythm FC, North Alabama SC and TN Force FC.The National Premier Soccer League, the WPSL's counterpart for men's players, expanded into the area last year with Apotheos FC, which played its games at North Cobb Christian School in Kennesaw. Georgia Impact will host its five matches at Tommy Baker Field on the Cherokee High School campus. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Marietta Daily Journal Podcast
Powder Springs man was sentenced to 12 years for a 2018 robbery

Marietta Daily Journal Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2023 12:23


 Powder Springs man found guilty in a 2018 armed robbery in Cobb was sentenced to at least 12 years in prison on Tuesday. Romero Lindley received a 20-year sentence with 12 to be served in custody. Lindley was found guilty of two counts of armed robbery and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony on Dec. 9 of last year. Lindley's charges stemmed from a home invasion incident on June 5, 2018, when Cobb police were dispatched to an armed robbery in progress at an apartment located in Marietta. A neighbor said at the time that four armed men entered the apartment. During an investigation into the incident, three victims and the neighbor told the officers that two of the men drove away prior to police arrival, while the other two fled through the woods toward a church parking lot, prosecutors said. Officers found Lindley hiding in bushes near the apartment following a K-9 tracking. He was found with a black ski mask and black sweatpants, which contained one of the victim's necklaces, per prosecutors. The ski mask, found within arm's reach of Lindley, was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for DNA matching, and found to contain Lindley's saliva. In Lindley's arrest warrant from 2018, he was accused of taking a laptop, a Louis Vuitton travel bag and approximately $300 from the residence. Prosecutors said one victim testified at trial and stated that Lindley “put a gun to [his] forehead and took the necklace right off [his] neck.” Lindley was arrested again last May, accused in an arrest warrant of jumping bail by fleeing to South Carolina after he failed to appear in Cobb Superior Court on the armed robbery charges. In 2019, Lindley's co-defendant Marcellis Richardson pleaded guilty to charges related to the incident. Another co-defendant, Donquail Williams, pleaded guilty to charges in 2021. Democrats Nichelle Davis and Becky Sayler were sworn in as the two newest members of the Cobb County Board of Education on Thursday. Sayler, who previously taught English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Cobb and now teaches preschool, represents Post 2. She replaces Democrat Dr. Jaha Howard, who did not seek reelection after a single term in order to run for state school superintendent, a race he lost. Sayler won 68.6% of the vote in the November general election to Republican Stephen George, Jr.'s 31.4%. Davis, meanwhile, was a Teach for America teacher before becoming a staffer at the education nonprofit Achieve Atlanta, and represents Post 6. She replaces Democrat Charisse Davis, who decided against running for reelection after serving one term. Sayler was sworn in by Cobb State Court Judge Ashley Palmer, while Davis was sworn in by Cobb Superior Court Judge Kellie Hill. Sayler told the MDJ two of her priorities on the board will be expanding pre-K and revising a policy passed in July that paved the way for armed, non-police security personnel at schools, which was billed as a way to improve safety in case of a mass shooting. Sayler added that, as a former ESOL teacher, she is passionate about the district's dual-language immersion program, which enables students to develop literacy skills in English and a foreign language at the same time. Davis said she will prioritize “building relationships” as she begins her term on the board. At their first meeting, Sayler and Davis got a taste of the partisan divide on the board, with party-line votes leading to the election of the new board chair, Republican Brad Wheeler, and vice chair, Republican David Banks. A vote on the board meeting calendar also passed 4-3, with the Republican members in favor and Democrats opposed. The discussion for instant replay at the high school state championship football games will begin in earnest Monday. It is one of the items that will be talked about at the Georgia High School Association Board of Trustees' meeting in Thomaston. During a news conference last month to announce that the GHSA's football state championships would be moved to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, executive director Robin Hines said the issue of replay would be looked into. The topic came into the forefront following the Class AAA title game between Sandy Creek and Cedar Grove. A touchdown was allowed to stand despite the Georgia Public Broadcasting television replay showing that the Sandy Creek ball-carrier appeared to be tackled at the 1-yard line. Sandy Creek went on to win the game 21-17. With playing the title games in an NFL stadium, it gives the GHSA an opportunity to potentially utilize its system to make sure calls are correctly made in the biggest games of the year. Hines also said he hopes he would be able to use the games in August's season-opening Corky Kell Classic — also at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — as a trial for the state championships. Another item that will be discussed by the GHSA Board of Trustees is a motion brought forth by the Fulton County School System to do away with the minimum seating requirements for schools to host state semifinal football playoff games. This year, three state semifinal games involving Fulton County schools had to be moved to neutral sites because the host schools' stadium capacities did not meet the GHSA's minimum standard of 6,000. Milton, whose stadium seats 3,000, was set to host Mill Creek in one Class AAAAAAA semifinal. After numerous discussions of options, which included the possibility of Mill Creek agreeing to waive the seating requirement or moving the band seating into the end zone to open up additional seating space, the game was played at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta, with a 5 p.m. scheduled start. It became the first game of a semifinal doubleheader, which was followed by Hughes, another Fulton County school that could not fulfill the GHSA seating requirement, facing Rome at 8 p.m. The other Class AAAAAAA semifinal between Roswell and Gainesville was moved to McEachern's Walter Cantrell Stadium. Ethan Bourdon became the first child to ride Kennesaw's brand-new swing at Swift-Cantrell Park, one that allows kids with disabilities to get in on the fun. Bourdon's mother, Shawna Grimes, told the MDJ this is “huge” for Bourdon, who is wheelchair-bound with a rare genetic disorder, MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome. Mayor Derek Easterling said the swing's ribbon-cutting was the culmination of a five-year effort by the city to transform the park, located on Old Highway 41 across from Kennesaw Elementary School, into one that is inclusive of all children. According to the city, the park is home to one of the largest inclusive playgrounds in the country. It includes 40 feet of shade, wheelchair accessible ramps that lead to a ropes tower, sensory stations, an eight-person, wheelchair-accessible, swaying structure, a slide and the new swing. About $450,000 from the city's 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax projects was put toward upgrading the 18,500-square-foot park with features that would make it accessible for all under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Easterling said Kennesaw Councilman Pat Ferris had first lobbied for the inclusive swing after the idea for making the park inclusive of those with disabilities came up about five years ago. The swing, which was the final touch on the park's upgrades, came together thanks to Ferris and Kennesaw resident Ann Pratt, who is active in the North Cobb Civitan and was recognized by the city in June 2022 for her leadership. The swing was made possible by a grant from T-Mobile, created to fund improvement projects for small towns across the U.S. Kennesaw received a grant of roughly $47,000 to implement the swing. Former Hillgrove point guard Jeremiah Wilkinson committed this week to play his college basketball at Mississippi State. Wilkinson, a 6-foot, 175-pound junior from Powder Springs who now plays at The Skill Factory, a basketball developmental organization in Atlanta, posted his decision on social media Wednesday. Wilkinson was the first commitment to Mississippi State from the class of 2024. The three-star recruit selected the Bulldogs over a number of other Division I programs, including Georgia State, Florida, Mississippi, Butler, Murry State, Rice and Saint Louis, among others. He was also garnering interest from interest from Marquette, Loyola-Chicago and Providence. Wilkinson is averaging 14.3 points, 3.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds a game this season against similar basketball prep programs. Last year, he helped lead Hillgrove to a 23-4 record, averaging a team-high 16.8 points per game to go with 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Jordan Ridley is ready to hit the ground running as one of newest members to represent Cobb and Cherokee counties in the Georgia House. Ridley is “super great guy,” according to Cobb GOP Chair Salleigh Grubbs. Ridley, 30, was elected to represent House District 22 in November with 14,685 votes, or 61.5%, to Democrat Stacee Hill's 9,190 votes, or 38.5%. Ridley won 52.4% of the vote in Cobb. Ridley replaces Wes Cantrell, a Republican from Woodstock, who decided not to seek reelection after eight years under the Gold Dome. Before the 2020 redistricting cycle, House District 22 included eastern Cherokee County and a slice of southwest Forsyth County. Under the redrawn legislative map, Ridley will represent southwest Cherokee County and a sliver of north Cobb. A Cherokee County native, Ridley went to Etowah High School before attending Georgia State University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in public policy. Previously, Ridley served as the chair of the Cherokee County Republican Party from 2021 to 2022. Before that, he was a legislative aide for state Representative Charlice Byrd, a Republican from Woodstock, who represents House District 20. Ridley said he looks forward to leveraging the connections he established while working for Byrd in the General Assembly. Ridley worked on a wide range of issues as Byrd's aide, and he said appropriations is his biggest interest entering the 2022 session. That said, Ridley is looking to take advantage of other work experience in his new role. On his preference sheet for committee assignments, he listed the Game, Fish, and Parks Committee — Ridley was a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. #CobbCounty #Georgia #LocalNews      -            -            -            -            -            The Marietta Daily Journal Podcast is local news for Marietta, Kennesaw, Smyrna, and all of Cobb County.             Subscribe today, so you don't miss an episode! MDJOnline            Register Here for your essential digital news.            https://www.chattahoocheetech.edu/  https://cuofga.org/ https://www.esogrepair.com/ https://www.drakerealty.com/           Find additional episodes of the MDJ Podcast here.             This Podcast was produced and published for the Marietta Daily Journal and MDJ Online by BG Ad Group   For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com              See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute : Blood donors have a chance to win Super Bowl tickets

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 3:20


Those donating blood at The Red Cross blood drive in Canton Jan. 6 will have a chance of receiving tickets for two to a Super Bowl LVII getaway in Arizona. The blood drive will take place in Canton City Hall at 110 Academy Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donation time slots are available every 15 minutes to donate blood normally or to complete a Power Red donation, which allows donors to give two regular units of blood in one appointment but still keep their plasma and platelets. Regular blood donations usually accumulate one pint per person and take one hour. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Bouncer at Woodstock bar arrested for putting woman in chokehold

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 2:37


A bouncer at a sports bar in downtown Woodstock was arrested in the early hours of New Year's Day after police say he put a woman in a chokehold while removing her from the bar. Warren Smith, 37, from Marietta, is charged with aggravated assault by strangulation and battery, according to his arrest warrant by the Woodstock Police Department. In the warrant, police say Smith was a bouncer at The Daily Draft, where two women were refusing to leave the bar, and another bouncer contacted Smith to help remove them from the business. According to the warrant, one of the women grabbed the other bouncer by the neck, and swung her arms at both of them, then Smith wrapped his forearm around her neck and choked her until she was unconscious. Police reported Smith dragged the unconscious woman by her neck and dropped her onto a back porch, where her face hit a chair leg. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Heavy weather, chance of tornados, in Cherokee today

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 2:31


South Cherokee County and other parts of metro Atlanta are under a flash flood warning until noon Wednesday, the National Weather Service announced. "At 555 AM EST, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain in and around the Atlanta Metro area. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain have fallen," the NWS said in a weather report. "Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly." According to the NWS, locally heavy rainfall this morning and afternoon could lead to flash flooding and river flooding concerns. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
Woodstock man sentenced to 9 years for domestic violence

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 10:23


A Woodstock man was sentenced to 9 years for two separate domestic attacks; local students spread holiday cheer by giving back this winter; And a new Jimmy John's opened in Woodstock.  A Woodstock man has been sentenced to serve nine years of prison after he was convicted of multiple domestic violence-related charges. Elfrem K. Moore was sentenced by Senior Judge Neil Dickert December 6 to nine years in prison followed by 15 years of probation, the Cherokee County District Attorney's office announced. Charges stem from domestic violence that occurred in a Woodstock home on Dec. 26, 2021. Woodstock Police Department responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a break-in. According to the district attorney's office, police found the door to the home kicked down, with pieces of the doorframe on the floor and the deadbolt still in the locked position. A woman in the home told officers that Moore attacked her twice that day — in the first attack, Moore pushed her onto a bed and strangled her. She reported she briefly lost consciousness and woke with the defendant still on top of her. He eventually left the home and she used the deadbolt to lock the door to prevent him from returning. The woman told authorities that when Moore returned and was unable to enter their home, he broke down their door, physically assaulted the woman, then slammed her to the bathroom floor and strangled her again. The woman attempted to call 911, but Moore grabbed her cell phone, threw it against the wall then dropped it into the toilet, rendering the phone unusable. According to the district attorney's office, a responding officer used a strangulation assessment card and determined that the victim exhibited multiple signs of strangulation. At the sentencing hearing on December 6, 2022, Assistant District Attorney Alana Driscoll paused for 15 seconds, leaving the courtroom in complete silence, as a means to demonstrate how long Moore strangled the victim in this case. Judge Dickert sentenced Moore as a recidivist. Due to the defendant's four prior felony convictions, he will not be eligible for parole.    Students, teachers and staff across Cherokee County School District schools marked the end of the semester with charitable giving programs. Students gave generous donations of toys and other items to nonprofits to distribute to children. They gave essentials and gifts to local seniors, and they wrote holiday cards for nursing home residents, soldiers in the hospital and children with terminal illnesses, and more. School district employees also worked to support charity programs and helped provide meals and gifts to families in need Students at Arnold Mill Elementary school celebrated the end of the year December 9 with a Giving Tree ceremony, in which students gave toys to MUST Ministries for children in need. The donations filled the truck. Bascomb Elementary School's students, staff and community came together to participate in Cherokee County Senior Services “Adopt A Senior” holiday collection. In total, close to 600 items were generously donated by the Bascomb community. Items including new bed sheets, toiletries, snacks, candy crossword puzzle and word search books and puzzles were collected to form gift bags for each senior at the center. The fifth grade student council made holiday cards to accompany each gift bag. Woodstock High School's Elves Club raises money to buy clothes and gifts for students in need at Carmel Elementary School and Woodstock Elementary School. Each December, club members go to a local Walmart to shop for the elementary school students. During the final week of the semester, Carmel Elementary and Woodstock Elementary bring students to Woodstock High to have the ultimate holiday party: crafts, snacks, a visit from Santa, and plenty of gifts. For a complete list of all the Cherokee County service projects, please go to tribune ledger news dot com. A new Jimmy John's Sandwiches is open and ready to serve sandwiches to people in the Woodstock area. The new sandwich shop is located at 4477 Towne Lake Parkway. Owner William Amos says he plans to hire about 25 employees. Anyone interested in applying can email William directly at willamos19@gmail.com or find job listings on Indeed. The new Jimmy John's in Woodstock is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. According to Jimmy John's, the company has over 2,600 across 43 states, making it one of the fastest growing franchises in the U.S. Jimmy John's will deliver sandwiches right to your door if you are inside the delivery area and also offers catering. Customers can stop by the new location, call the store or order online at online.jimmyjohns.com or through the Jimmy John's mobile app. Cherokee Recreation and Parks is hosting its 17th annual Guns and Hoses 5K run/walk February 11 at Hobgood Park. The Cherokee Sheriff's Office is in the Guns group and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services is the Hoses group. The purpose of the run is to raise money for charities selected by both groups. The Guns' charity is Sheriff Frank Reynolds Charities, which is dedicated to raise money through events and fundraising to help fulfill the needs of the people of Cherokee County and assist other charitable organizations supporting the community. The charity for the Hoses is Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, a home serving young men in the state's foster care system. When registering, runners can select which team to represent, and a portion of their fee will go toward their chosen charity. The Guns and Hoses 5K is a certified Peachtree qualifier race. To register, head over to Play Cherokee dot org.  Cameron Pope's buzzer-beating shot did more than just give Cherokee a 54-52 win over Walton on Thursday at the Campbell Holiday Classic. It was a defining moment for Pope and a Warriors team that has been the talk of Cherokee County this season. Going into Friday's championship game of the Campbell tournament, Cherokee was 10-2 overall, continuing to impress after its 6-0 start counted as the best since the 2013-14 season. Pope's game-winner capped a night in which he had 23 points, five rebounds and four steals. Cherokee started slow against Walton but came out of halftime more assignment-sound and focused on the defensive end. That defensive effort translated to the offensive end and a big fourth quarter put the Warriors over the top. Mason Bennett added 14 points, while Braylin Giddens and Tayden Owens each had seven points. Cherokee's two losses were one-possession games against Buford and county rival Etowah. The Warriors are averaging 66.4 points per game while giving up just 52.8 points per outing. Through its first 10 wins, Cherokee took seven by double-digit margins, and four by at least 22 points. On November 29 against Woodstock, the Warriors scored a season-high 85 points and cruised to a 37-point victory. Their average margin of victory was 16.6 points in those games. Cherokee's roster is filled with experience to help its case. With five seniors playing big-time minutes in Pope, Owens, Bennett, Giddens and Dastin Hart, the Warriors know how to lead and what to expect. Cherokee has a rematch with Walton scheduled for January 10, which will also tip off its Region  schedule. Three days later, the Warriors will match up with North Cobb. Cherokee will look to improve on its 5-5 region record from last season, though it was good enough to land them a playoff spot as a Number 4 seed. The region looks especially tough this year, with all six teams over .500 on December 30. A youth photography contest is inviting students to explore how Cherokee County's waterways have changed over the years. The Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority is holding a “Then and Now” photography contest for K-12 students in the county. Students are asked to submit an old photo from Cherokee County that includes a waterway, mill, dam or fish weir, and along with a current photo at the same location. Submissions must include 50 to 100 words explaining the photo and what local resource was used. Resources for the older photo can include older family members or friends from the area, the Cherokee County History Center, Funk Heritage Center, the Woodstock Visitors Center and local libraries. Submissions should be sent with the student's name, school and grade and narrative to lori.forrester@ccwsa.com. The deadline for entries is January 18. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/           See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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News Minute: Jimmy John's opens in Woodstock

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 3:08


A new Jimmy John's Sandwiches is open and ready to serve sandwiches to people in the Woodstock area. The new sandwich shop is located at 4477 Towne Lake Parkway. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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A Woodstock poodle has helped many families with grief.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2022 14:22


Families and individuals visiting Woodstock Funeral Home who are grieving the loss of a loved one will find that there is a kind and calming presence there with them to show support. Ginger, an 8-year-old red standard poodle, was adopted in February 2020 by Paige Fowler-Ogle from Georgia Poodle Rescue, a nonprofit in Alpharetta run by Deborah Blatchley. Fowler-Ogle is the location manager at Woodstock Funeral Home, where Ginger is a regular. The first thing Ginger does is greet the individual or family at the door. Ginger then walks with them to the office, where she usually sits with Fowler-Ogle and the individual or family who are setting up the funeral arrangements. During this time, she will show her support by letting the person or family pet her, hold her, sit with her — any way she can help, Fowler-Ogle said. Sometimes, Ginger will also walk and sit with families at the viewing, giving emotional support to children and adults. Ginger is not the first poodle in the Fowler-Ogle household, though she is the first to show this level of understanding and support, her owner said. Since Fowler-Ogle became the location manager a little over a year ago, Ginger has been by her side every day at the office. Ginger often wears a bow that matches her owner's outfit for the day, which is always a topic of conversation with  visitors and adds to the welcoming feel of the funeral home, Fowler-Ogle said. Fowler-Ogle also paints her dog's nails. Fowler-Ogle said she knew Ginger would be perfect in this type of environment after seeing her dog's kindness to her young son. The duo recently visited Manor Lake assisted living in BridgeMill in Canton, where Fowler-Ogle said Ginger was “a big hit.” A Marietta man has been indicted after authorities say he drowned a cat in Cherokee County this summer. Austin Hedgeman is charged with one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals, according to an indictment filed December 12. The indictment charges Hedgeman with causing a cat's death by drowning around July 6. In an arrest warrant filed July 6 by the Cherokee Marshal's Office, officers say Hedgeman caused “physical pain, suffering or death to an animal” July 3 and could be heard on a recording saying he held the cat down “until he stopped moving.” Authorities say the drowning was at a southwest Cherokee County home, near Woodstock. Court records show the marshal's office originally charged Hedgeman with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty but the charge was upgraded to a felony. Hedgeman was arrested July 6 and released July 8 on a $1,000 bond, according to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office. He has a hearing scheduled for January 11, according to court documents. An indictment is a formal charge of felony offenses, and defendants are assumed innocent until proven guilty. Northside Hospital is the first hospital system in the United States to receive Maternal Levels of Care Verification from The Joint Commission, the commission and the Georgia Department of Public Health announced. Northside Hospital also is the first in the state to receive a Level IV Maternal Center Designation from DPH. The United States has a higher maternal mortality rate than many other developed countries. Georgia is taking action to help improve care for women and newborns. It is one of a handful of states to review risk-appropriate care and the first to collaborate on a program with an accreditation organization. In 2022, DPH announced a partnership with The Joint Commission, recognizing its MLC Verification program. The program, offered in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), is a verification process that involves an on-site comprehensive review of a hospital's maternal capabilities and policies, as well as a level of maternal care determination. Through the partnership, hospitals may seek the optional Maternal Center Designation with The Joint Commission's MLC Verification program. For details on the designation process, visit dph dot Georgia dot gov. Most bills the General Assembly passes each year take effect on July 1. But a smattering of new laws enacted during the 2022 legislative session will kick in this Sunday, Jan. 1, including a bill making it easier for food trucks to do business and several new or expanded tax credits. The food truck legislation does away with a current requirement in Georgia law that food truck operators obtain a permit and inspection in every county where they do business. While the tax credit bills technically became effective last summer, they don't really become reality until New Year's Day, the beginning of the tax year. Three of the measures create new income tax credits. House Bill 424 will provide a tax credit to Georgia taxpayers who contribute to nonprofit organizations that help foster children about to age out of the foster care system. More than 700 young men and women age out of the system each year. Senate Bill 361, which was championed by Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, will provide a dollar-for-dollar income tax credit on contributions to public safety initiatives in the taxpayer's community. Law enforcement agencies will be able to use the money for police officer salary supplements, to purchase or maintain department equipment and/or to establish or maintain a co-responder program.  Senate Bill 87, the Jack Hill Veterans' Act, honors the late state Sen. Jack Hill of Reidsville, who died in 2020. It provides income tax credits in exchange for contributions to scholarships for service-disabled veterans through the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation. Another bill that will take effect on Sunday, Senate Bill 332, also known as the Inform Consumers Act, is aimed at preventing criminals from selling goods stolen from retail stores on any online marketing platform. It establishes financial and contact information requirements for high-volume sellers to online marketplaces and requires such platforms to establish an option for consumers to report suspicious activity A Canton pediatrician's office is closed after a burst pipe damaged the building December 24. A major sprinkler pipe burst in the ceiling of the office of DV Pediatrics on the morning of December 24, resulting in major damage to the entire building. Although firefighters quickly responded and turned the water off around noon to limit the damage, the damage has prompted a long-term closure for repairs, DV Pediatrics announced. Repairs are estimated to take four to six months. Until they have a working office space, DV Pediatrics will provide home visits, or house calls, phone consultations and telemedicine appointments for sick patients. The pediatric office said the staff are doing everything possible to provide the same level of healthcare services for the families they care for. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/                         See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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News Minute: Burst pipe shuts down pediatrician's office

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022 3:08


A Canton pediatrician's office is closed after a burst pipe damaged the building Dec. 24. A major sprinkler pipe burst in the ceiling of the office of DV Pediatrics on the morning of Dec. 24, resulting in major damage to the entire building. Although firefighters quickly responded and turned the water off around noon to limit the damage, the damage has prompted a long-term closure for repairs, DV Pediatrics announced. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/               See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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News Minute: Two sentenced for drug trafficking in Cherokee

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 2:24


Two people have been sentenced to prison for trafficking illegal drugs in Cherokee County, the district attorney's office announced. Eloisa Chavez-Lopez, 40, pled guilty and was sentenced last month to the state penitentiary for trafficking methamphetamine. Her co-defendant, Erick Alexander Pauu-Sirin, 27, pled guilty earlier in the year and was also sentenced to prison for trafficking. Charges stem from a Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad investigation that began in February 2021 based on tips that Chavez-Lopez was distributing methamphetamine. According to the district attorney's office, CMANS on multiple occasions observed Chavez-Lopez traveling throughout Cherokee County to conduct hand-to-hand drug transactions. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/               See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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News Minute: Canton resident publishes first novel

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Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 2:19


Canton resident Lou Knight has published her first novel, "The Fallout of Deception – A Different Kind of Kidnapping." The adventure starts when three couples pack their bags to attend an out-of-town funeral, having no clue their lives will be upended. The wives are buddies from college, but the husbands are strangers and prefer to keep it that way. The women have a different opinion and extend the trip into a long weekend, but no one anticipates the threats and adversity coming their way—especially the old friends as they pledge to execute an almost-unthinkable plan. A circumstance—meant for good—all too soon brings out long-hidden secrets, suppressed anger, and unknown strengths. Those personal strengths and resilience are tested, almost to the breaking point, forcing people to do things they usually wouldn't do. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/               See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Woodstock PD offering free rides home on New Year's Eve

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 9:35


The Woodstock Police Department is continuing an annual tradition of providing safe rides on New Year's Eve to homes in and around the city. "Operation Safe Ride" offers free rides home to patrons of local alcohol serving establishments who may be impaired or feel they are unsafe to drive. The program is now in its 14th year and has provided over 400 safe rides to date, according to Woodstock Police. Anyone in need of a ride must be within the incorporated limits of Woodstock and must live within a reasonable distance of Woodstock. Woodstock PD will use its fifteen-passenger van to provide the rides. Anyone interested in a ride home on New Year's Eve can make arrangements by calling the officers directly at 404-740-4502. The initiative will run from 10 p.m. New Year's Eve to 2 a.m. New Year's Day. This annual initiative is in partnership with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and is in addition to the department's impaired driving enforcement efforts. A new Italian restaurant is expected to open in downtown Woodstock in fall 2023. Catalina Cucina is a new venture by chef Daniel De Dios and Tracy Garcia. The new restaurant will bring “an authentic Italian taste” to the area, Garcia said. Catalina Cucina will be located within the Adair Park development, which will feature a mix of residential and commercial uses, including Roberto's Deluxe oyster and shellfish restaurant, Oishii Sushi Noodle House and Starbucks. The development is located near Chattahoochee Technical College. Catalina Cucina is expected to open in October 2023 at the earliest and will be located directly across from the college's parking lot at 8320 Main St. Catalina Cucina will offer a variety of favorites such as spaghetti, lasagna, fish, soups, beef ragu, as well as a number of tagliatelle dishes. Restaurant goers will also be able to order small, personalized pizzas. The menu will also feature various Italian desserts, including tiramisu. Cherokee County sent four middle school football players to the US Army Bowl National Middle School All-Star Championship, held in Frisco, Texas from December 13th-18th. Sawyer Ray (QB Cherokee Junior Warriors), Noah Jacobs (OL Cherokee Junior Warriors); Camron Middleton (OL/DL River Ridge Junior Knights), and Antonio Williams (RB Woodstock Junior Wolverines) were selected to play for the Seventh Grade Team Georgia Elite. Cherokee County's group was part of the US Army Bowl's “America's Greatest Week of Football” Middle School All-Star Championship and High School All- American Game. The Seventh Grade Team Georgia Elite finished 2nd in the overall standings with a 3-1 record playing against teams from California, Oregon, Utah and Washington State. The team was led by program director Derrick Tatum, head coach Chad Parker, Norman Parker, Duane Dennis, Vic Beasley, Jermaine Wilson and Mike Vanscoy. To ensure that children are traveling safely during the holiday travel season, Safe Kids Cherokee County is conducting free car seat safety check appointments weekly. Car safety checks are being done by nationally certified child passenger safety technicians at 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton. Families can make appointments in advance at www.safekidscherokeecounty.org and click on BOOK NOW. Safe Kids Cherokee County and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services also remind parents and caregivers about some simple tips to keep kids safe while traveling. To learn more holiday safety tips, visit www.safekids.org/holidays. Reinhardt football added nine players on the Dec. 21 early signing period, making strides toward the future with four on offense, four on defense and one do-it-all type kicker on special teams. This year's class is more balanced than the Eagles' 2021 crop when they inked five offensive players on early signing day. With the departure of former starting quarterback Billy Hall in 2021, quarterback was a focus. In 2022, Reinhardt worked to build depth at key positions. Reinhardt will add to its 2022 class on Feb. 1, during the nation-wide college signing day. Eagles' 2022 Early Signing Class DB Keon McGhee (Kentucky Wesleyan) DB Tancey Richardson (Kansas State) K Trip Holloway (Cumberlands) LB Cortez Brown (Cumberlands) LB Julian Stevenson (Wheeler HS) OL Logan Long (Fannin Co. HS) RB Jerphari Colbert (North American) WR Tramaine Demps (Brooks Co. HS) WR Tyshun Jordan (Iowa Western CC)      See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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News Minute: Coat drive brings in over 5,000 coats

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 3:05


Volunteers with the American Legion Post 45, Cherokee County Homeless Veterans Program and Georgia Pest Control Association's PestVets helped transfer over 5,000 coats to the American Legion building in Canton Dec. 16 to distribute to those in need this winter. Coats were collected during PestVets' second annual statewide coat drive for homeless veterans. The coats will be distributed to a number of organizations, including Veterans Affairs, the Georgia National Guard and various nonprofits, as well as families and individuals in need throughout Cherokee and Georgia. Last year, the drive collected an estimated 3,500 coats. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/               See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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'Shop with a Cop' helps spread Holiday cheer

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2022 11:45


Law enforcement with the Cherokee Sheriff's Office shopped for Christmas presents with children over a three-day period last week for the Cherokee Sheriff's Foundation's annual "Shop with a Cop" event. About 240 kids took part in this year's events, according to the sheriff's office, purchasing gifts for the holiday season. In addition to "Shop with a Cop," the sheriff's office also delivered close to 100 bags filled with comforts items to the elderly in Cherokee County. The bags had everything from blankets and socks to crackers to help this holiday season. Both of these events are part of the sheriff's office "Christmas Joy" program. "We couldn't do it without our community support. Thanks to all who made donations to help support this program as well at those who purchased Calendars to support 'Christmas Joy,'" the sheriff's office said in a post on its Facebook page Friday. All funds are donated and come from the Cherokee Sheriff's Foundation.   Just two years into his stint as Woodstock's head football coach, Troy Hoff announced on Dec. 19 he would be resigning from the position. Hoff went 0-20 over two seasons with the Wolverines, with an 0-10 record in 2022. It was Woodstock's fifth straight year under the .500 mark. He was the Wolverines' sixth head coach since 1997. Before joining Woodstock in 2021, Hoff spent six seasons at Eastside High School in Newton County, Georgia. He amassed a 51-17 record with the Eagles and holds a 51-37 career record over eight seasons, starting in 2015. Woodstock had some notable college prospects on its roster this season, between offensive lineman Tyler Douthit and receiver/defensive back Adonis Garcia. Douthit had over 20 offers, including Power-5 programs, and announced his commitment to Samford on Dec. 5. Garcia committed to Wofford as a three-star defensive back. The Cherokee County School District recently celebrated its first students selected as REACH Georgia Scholars. REACH Georgia is the state's first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program for middle and high school students. An eighth-grader from each CCSD middle school has been selected as one of CCSD's first REACH Georgia scholars. They are: Braxton Cox of Creekland Middle School, Violeta De la luz Mendoza of Dean Rusk Middle School, Caleb Massey of E.T. Booth Middle School, Patricia R. Garcia of Freedom Middle School, Matthew Green of Mill Creek Middle School, Ingrid Osorio-Carreno of Teasley Middle School and Ashley Gaspar-Morales of Woodstock Middle School. First launched from Georgia Tech in 2012, the REACH program is designed to encourage students to persist in their educational goals and interests. As part of Georgia's Complete College initiative, REACH seeks to identify rising eighth-grade students who display academic promise and provide them with the academic, social and financial support they will need to graduate from high school, attend and complete college. Three Cherokee County School District students have been selected for a scholarship to a flight academy where students can earn a private pilot's license. Cherokee High School Air Force JROTC Cadet Andrew Solano and Etowah High School Air Force JROTC Cadet Luke Foresman have won the competitive Air Force Chief of Staff 2023 Flight Academy Scholarship valued at $25,000. Cadet Sydney Watson of Cherokee High has been selected as an alternate. The Flight Academy is an eight-week summer program designed for Air Force JROTC cadets to earn private pilot certification. The program's overall goal is to improve the recruitment, retention and diversity of the Air Force and aviation industry. The Cherokee High School AFJROTC program is led by instructors Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Bise and Tech. Sgt. Jody Van Ostrand. The Etowah AFJROTC program is led by instructors Lt. Col. Stephen Bergey and Tech. Sgt. Ciarra Malto. For more information about Flight Academy, visit https://www.airuniversity.af.edu #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/               See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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News Minute: Former Cherokee County deputy indicted, charged with sex assault of inmates

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 2:51


A former deputy of the Cherokee Sheriff's Office accused of sexually assaulting an inmate has been indicted by a grand jury, with counts alleging an assault of a second inmate. Richard Gilleland, a former officer at the Cherokee County jail, is charged with four counts each of of sexual assault against an inmate at a correctional facility and violation of oath by a public officer, according to the indictment filed Dec. 12. The indictment charges Gilleland with two sexual assaults of two different inmates in May 2019. In June 2019, the sheriff's office arrested Gilleland and charged him with two counts of sexual assault against a person in custody and related charges to alleged assault of one of the inmates. The sheriff's office reported at the time that two inmates had made complaints about Gilleland, but in one of the cases his conduct did not rise to the level of a crime, though he had violated department policy. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/               See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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News Minute: Four firefighters complete basic law enforcement training

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 2:32


Four Cherokee County firefighters recently graduated from basic law enforcement training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center campus in Pickens County. The graduation took place Friday at Jasper United Methodist Church after three months of training. Three of these firefighters serve as SWAT medics in conjunction with the Cherokee Sheriff's Office SWAT Team and one of these firefighters is a Cherokee County fire investigator. The firefighters completing this training included Battalion Chief Scott Gwinn, Lt. Joe El-Bisi, Sgt. Brandon Barton, and FAO Megan Hamilton.   #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/             See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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News Minute: Veterans remembered with Wreathes Across America

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 2:43


Hundreds of volunteers placed Christmas wreaths on grave markers at the Georgia National Cemetery Saturday as part of the national Wreaths Across America event.  A ceremony was held Saturday morning at the cemetery with military families, volunteers, veterans groups, high school JROTC students and scouting groups to honor the deceased service members buried there and to remember their sacrifices.  The Georgia National Cemetery Advisory Council accepts donations year-round for Wreaths Across America. Donations can be given by check to GNC Advisory Council, P.O. Box 5476, Canton, GA 30114, or online at ganationalcemetery.org. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/             See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Canton woman charged with murder in toddler death

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 10:39


A woman charged in connection with the death of a toddler in Canton is now charged with second-degree murder in the case, police announced Friday. Phillissa Diallo, from Canton, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second degree cruelty to children and concealing a death, Canton Police Department reported. Friday, detectives secured an additional felony warrant and have charged Diallo with second-degree murder. According to the Canton Police Department, police received a walk-in report of a deceased toddler found inside a residence and responded at about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday to a home on Hearthstone Landing Drive, where they found the body of a female toddler. GBI Crime Lab will examine the body to determine the cause of death and identification confirmation. The toddler's death remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Canton Police Department. A north Georgia DJ was killed in a crash on Interstate 575 near Canton Thursday. According to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office, deputies responded at about 3 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 575 south near the Old Vandiver Road overpass. Preliminary indications are that Daniel Blankowski, of Talking Rock, driving a Kia Sedona south on the interstate, struck the rear of a Toyota FJ that had stopped for traffic due to a different accident in the city of Canton, the sheriff's office reported. Blankowski was transported to Northside Hospital Cherokee, where he died from his injuries, authorities said. The driver of the FJ was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Blankowski was known as DJ Dano to friends and others in the community, his daughter, Jazeri McHenry, said. McHenry said the local coroner told the family Blankowski had a heart attack while driving. The crash remains under investigation by the Cherokee Sheriff's Office Traffic Enforcement Unit. Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace has been appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to serve as the county's newest Superior Court judge, the governor's office announced. Wallace will be the fourth judge on the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit Superior Court, a position created earlier this year by state law. Cherokee is the only county in the Blue Ridge circuit. Wallace is Cherokee County's first female district attorney. Before being elected, she was the chief assistant district attorney for the former District Attorney Garry Moss. Before coming to the district attorney's office, Wallace was a prosecutor in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit in middle Georgia. She handled all manner of major felony offenses there, according to the governor's office, but quickly developed a passion for handling crimes against women and children. Wallace sits on the board of Cherokee FOCUS, a Cherokee County collaborative that focuses on creating strong family units. District Attorney Wallace also sits on the board of Cherokee Triad - S.A.L.T. and is an active member of the Canton Rotary and Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. The district attorney graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1999 with a bachelor's in psychology and criminal Justice. She then received her juris doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2002. The Reinhardt women's basketball team picked up its sixth consecutive win before heading into the winter break. Led by Maria Sanchez Ponce's double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, the Eagles posted a 75-67 win over Bluefield on Tuesday to improve to 13-3 this season. It was a big offensive game for Reinhardt, which had three players in double figures, led by Julia Craft's 22 points and Summer Cramer's 13. Cramer also had a team-best seven assists. The Eagles also remained undefeated in the Appalachian Athletic Conference at 12-0, already nearing last year's conference win total of 15. Twelve conference games still reside on the schedule before the AAC tournament begins Feb. 20. Sanchez Ponce, a freshman from Spain, is third on Reinhardt's scoring chart at 10.1 points per game and second in rebounding with 7.1 per game. She has the highest field goal percentage on the team, converting on 51.9% of her shots. Ashley Woodroffe leads the Eagles in scoring at 14.8 points per game, followed by Craft's 12.9. Tarrah Gibson is grabbing 7.5 rebounds per game to lead the team, with 3.1 assists also counting as a team-best. Reinhardt is the only team in the AAC with an undefeated conference record, while its overall record is also the best. Bryan, Milligan, and Point trail the Eagles in the standings. Cherokee High School had six all-region selections in 5AAAAAAA, along with nine honorable mentions following the conclusion of the 2022 season. Senior linebacker Kyan Simmons and junior defensive lineman Javon Hobson earned first-team honors. Simmons finished the year with 103 tackles, 11 sacks and 10 tackles for loss, while Hobson tallied 58 tackles, seven sacks and seven tackles for loss. Simmons had a big impact in Cherokee's 30-14 win at Kennesaw Mountain toward the end of the season. It was the deciding game on if the Warriors would qualify for the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs, and Simmons totaled 13 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker received his first Division I offer from Marist on Monday. Cherokee's other two first-team members were senior kicker Rodion Averianov and junior punter Reed Chandley. Averianov connected on four of six field goals this season with a long of 51 yards and did not miss an extra point all year, despite being a late addition to the team. Chandley averaged 40 yards per punt, which Shaw said consistently gave the Warriors an advantage in flipping field position. Another special teams player, long snapper Spencer Radnoti, also deserved recognition, according to Shaw. On the all-region second team, the Warriors saw junior receiver Pops Jameson and junior defensive lineman JD Burn earn recognition. Jameson finished the season as Cherokee's leading receiver with 400 yards and four touchdowns on 32 receptions, while Burn finished with 42 tackles, six tackles for loss and one sack. Sophomore quarterback Tanner Savasir led the Warriors' nine honorable mentions, along with Jayce Jones, one of Savasir's favorite targets in the passing game.   The Cherokee County fire department's first chief has died. Joe Carmichael died December 10 at his home in Corryton, Tennessee, at the age of 79. Carmichael was born in Birmingham and moved to Cherokee County in 1972, spending a large portion of his adult life in Cherokee before he eventually moved to Tennessee. The former fire chief began his fire service career at the City of Atlanta Fire Department. In Cherokee County, he started out as a firefighter in the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Carmichael became Cherokee County's first fire chief in 1973 when he noticed there was no fire protection. All firefighter positions were volunteer. The fire chief position was on a volunteer basis until 1976, when Carmichael became the official fire chief of unincorporated Cherokee County and started receiving pay for his services. Carmichael also founded the Oak Grove Civic Association. The county's fire department has grown from fewer than 10 members when it first went paid to almost 500 members today. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services plans to have a small memorial service in the spring, according to a Facebook post by the department. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/             See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Cherokee DA appointed to the Superior Court bench

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 2:34


Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace has been appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve as the county's newest Superior Court judge, the governor's office announced. "I am deeply honored to be appointed by Governor Kemp to the Superior Court bench. I am excited to begin this new journey and look forward to continuing to work hard and serve my community," Wallace said in an email. Wallace will be the fourth judge on the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit Superior Court, a position created earlier this year by state law. Cherokee is the only county in the Blue Ridge circuit. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/         See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Bryce Leatherwood celebrates his win on NBC's "The Voice."

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2022 11:35


Cherokee County's Bryce Leatherwood won season 22 of “The Voice” Tuesday night, and the country singer dedicated his win to his family, friends and supporters.  The Hickory Flat native and Sequoyah High School graduate won season 22 of "The Voice" Tuesday, capping off a journey that started in September with blind auditions. As the winner of season 22, Leatherwood received $100,000 and a record deal with Universal. Leatherwood's family was in attendance Tuesday night to cheer him on.Leatherwood also thanked his supporters from Cherokee County and Georgia. When thinking about the future, Leatherwood said he wants to "get on top of the ball and try to get some music out as soon as possible." The Cherokee County Homeless Veterans Program is hosting a candlelight vigil at 5:30 p.m. December 21 at Cherokee Veterans Park, in Canton, to remember veterans who are homeless. The vigil will be held at the nation's only homeless veterans statue. The marble statue depicts two life size veterans, one male and one female, standing on a pentagon base displaying the five branches of the military. Inscribed on the base is the phrase, “No Veteran who fights for this country, should have to fight for a job, a roof over their head, or the care they need when they come home." The event is scheduled to take place at sundown, which is currently targeted at 5:33 p.m. The free to attend event is open to the public. Every night, about 49,000 veterans find themselves on the street homeless, said Jim Lindenmayer, director of the Cherokee County Homeless Veteran Program. In 2018, there were about 8,400 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. This means that there are roughly six homeless veterans for every soldier who served in Afghanistan. Homeless veterans are found all over the U.S. In Cherokee County, the intake and processing of homeless veterans is up 32% from last year and what is causing more concern is that Cherokee Homeless Veteran Program is seeing more female Veterans, some with small children, as well as senior veterans who are homeless. A Canton woman is behind bars on charges related to the death of a toddler, police announced Thursday. Phillissa Diallo, 40, is charged with concealing a death and second degree cruelty to children. According to the Canton Police Department, police received a walk-in report of a deceased toddler found inside a residence. Officers responded at about 4:10 p.m. to a home on Hearthstone Landing Drive, where they found the body of a female toddler. The body will be turned over to the GBI Crime Lab to determine the cause of death and identification confirmation. Diallo was arrested by Canton police and booked into the Cherokee County jail Wednesday afternoon, a jail report shows. As of Thursday afternoon she remained in custody without bond. The toddler's death remains under investigation. A Sequoyah High School teacher has earned a top award for instructional excellence from the Cherokee County school superintendent. Superintendent Brian Hightower presented the 2022 Game Changer Award for Instructional Excellence Dec. 13 to Sequoyah High School Career Pathways teacher Brandon Grummer. He made the surprise presentation to Grummer, who leads the school's engineering drafting and design and architectural drafting and design programs, in front of his peers during a faculty meeting. Four Game Changer awards are presented by Hightower each year. These are Instructional Excellence to a classroom teacher, Instructional Support to an employee who serves in a support staff role, Instructional Leadership to a school or district leader and Instructional Advocacy to a non-CCSD employee. Grummer, whose first career was in architecture, is credited with building a successful architecture and drafting career pathway program at Etowah High School. He earned Etowah's 2018 Teacher of the Year and Golden Apple honors and later joined the staff at Sequoyah High School, where he again created a successful program for future architects and engineers.  Cherokee softball coach Tonya Carlisle was inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame over the weekend, finishing off her 19th season with the Warriors on a high note. Carlisle, the current GADC Softball Vice President, was the 26th person to receive this honor. Carlisle led Cherokee to 21-8 overall in 2022, with an 11-4 record in Region 5 7A. The Warriors earned another trip to the state tournament and finished in the Final Four. It is not the first time Carlisle has seen this type of recognition. For her time on the playing field, she was inducted into the Kennesaw State Softball Hall of Fame in 2008. She played with the Owls from 1992-95 and was a three-time NAIA All-American selection before, along with an NCAA Division II All-American award. Carlile's prowess on the diamond translated to the coach's box, with her imprint all over the Cherokee softball team's success. Carlisle led the Warriors to their first winning season in 2004 and their first state playoff appearance in 2006. She helped the program become a mainstay in the postseason during the ensuing years and through this season. Carlisle continues to put winning teams on the field at Cherokee, and with her Hall of Fame induction, the standard is set. A new brewery in downtown Woodstock officially opened its doors to the public Friday afternoon. Jekyll Brewing in Woodstock, is hosted a grand opening yesterday afternoon.  The brewery, which has two other locations in Alpharetta, offers a variety of year-round, seasonal and limited release beers. Those visiting the restaurant can also enjoy a cocktail or cup of coffee. In addition to its beers and other beverages, Jekyll serves snacks such as pork rinds and crawfish hushpuppies, oysters and shellfish, salads, soups, burgers, wraps and various other entrees and sides inspired by Jekyll Island. After the grand opening, hours of operation will be from 11 to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. all other days. For more information, visit www.jekyllbrewing.com. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/         See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Jekyll Brewing opens in Woodstock today

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 2:06


A new brewery in downtown Woodstock is officially opening its doors to the public Friday afternoon. Jekyll Brewing, 8634 Main St. in Woodstock, is hosting a grand opening at 5 p.m. Friday.  The brewery, which has two other locations in Alpharetta, offers a variety of year-round, seasonal and limited release beers. Those visiting the restaurant can also enjoy a cocktail or cup of coffee. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/       See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Cherokee's Bryce Leatherwood wins NBC's "The Voice."

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 3:52


Cherokee County's Bryce Leatherwood has won season 22 of "The Voice." The singer from Hickory Flat received $100,000 and a record deal with Universal for winning the competition. Leatherwood's journey on "The Voice" started Sept. 20 with blind auditions, where he made it through that round and joined Blake Shelton's team. Leatherwood continued to impress both the coaches and audience each round with his performances of country music hits, eventually making his way to the top five and the live finale this week. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Woodstock public safety workers take kids on shopping spree

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 2:08


Woodstock police and firefighters took 129 children shopping for Christmas presents Saturday at the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation's annual Shop with a Hero event. For the three-hour event at the Walmart on Highway 92 in Woodstock, the foundation funded about $23,000 in Christmas presents. Shop with a Hero program is an annual event where Woodstock police officers and firefighters volunteer to accompany children on a shopping trip for Christmas presents. Each December, Wal-Mart, 12182 Highway 92 in Woodstock, hosts this program, primarily funded by generous donations to the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
Emerson mayor and his wife killed in Cherokee wreck

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 10:58


The mayor of Emerson and his wife were killed in a four-car crash Saturday in Cherokee County, the Cherokee Sheriff's Office reported, and a man has been arrested on charges related to the crash. According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to a four-car crash at about 4 p.m. Saturday on Knox Bridge Highway, east of Fields Landing Drive near Canton. Preliminary indications are that a Chevrolet pickup truck traveling east on Knox Bridge Hwy. lost control and crossed the center line striking a Hyundai Santa Fe traveling westbound. That collision caused the Hyundai to lose control, overturn and travel into the eastbound lane where it was struck by a GMC Savana van traveling eastbound. The Chevrolet truck also struck a Mazda 3 traveling west. Emerson Mayor Albert Pallone who was driving the Hyundai, and his wife, Camilia Pallone died in the crash. The driver of the Mazda 3 and the driver of the GMC Savana were transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet pick up, William Bryan Abernathy of Calhoun, was arrested and charged with first degree vehicular homicide, and serious injury by vehicle, DUI and reckless driving. Abernathy was also injured and is receiving treatment at an undisclosed local hospital. The site of the crash is a little over a mile east from where a Cherokee County father and daughter died in a crash on Thanksgiving - Alivia Mynes, an 18-year-old former Creekview High School volleyball standout and college freshman, and her father, Chris Mynes, 52, was the human resources director at Fox Factory in Gainesville, according to their obituaries. A trial has been set for a Woodstock resident and her son facing felony charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol. Lisa Marie Eisenhart, from Woodstock, and her son, Eric Munchel, who lives in Nashville, are charged with entering the Capitol with rioters and disrupting the proceedings there, according to their indictment. Munchel, who has been referred to as the “zip tie guy,” was photographed with zip ties in the Capitol Building, according to prosecutors. He is also accused of carrying a dangerous weapon, a Taser, on the grounds and in the Capitol Building, which is associated with additional charges in the indictment. Attorneys for Munchel and Eisenhart have said they did not bring the zip ties, but found them inside the Capitol. The trial is scheduled to start April 11 before Judge Royce C. Lamberth in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Eisenhart and Munchel have pleaded not guilty on all counts, court documents show.   A tradition to honor deceased veterans returns December17, when military families, veterans and volunteers will gather to place thousands of wreaths on the headstones at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. The cemetery advisory council is hosting Wreaths Across America, which will include a public ceremony honoring deceased military service members at 11 a.m. December 17 at the cemetery. At noon, members of the public are invited to join volunteers to place wreaths on headstones. No registration is required to volunteer. For more information, email Russ Seltenright at salty31@hotmail.com. The Georgia National Cemetery is located at 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive in Canton. The council is accepting donations year-round for Wreaths Across America. Donations can be given by check to GNC Advisory Council or online at ganationalcemetery.org.   Holly Springs could soon switch to a simple majority system for municipal elections, pending a vote by the city council later this month. The Holly Springs City Council is expected to make a decision at its Dec. 19 meeting. Holly Springs uses a plurality voting system, in which the candidate with the most votes is the winner regardless of percentage, and there are no runoffs. If Holly Springs switches to a simple majority system, like for state elections, 50% plus at least one vote will be required for a candidate to win. Under this system, in the event that no one receives 50% plus one vote in the race, there will be a runoff. Establishing a 50% plus one voting system in Holly Springs requires the city to go through the state legislature to change its charter. The city council's next meeting is at 7 p.m. December 19 at city hall.     River Ridge and West Forsyth went back and forth all night, but it was the Knights' big fourth quarter that put them over the top on Saturday's 56-47 win at the Cherokee/Forsyth Challenge. With the game tied 38-34 heading into the fourth quarter, the Knights went on an 8-0 run, with four quick points from Davis Hansraj, to take control of the scoreboard. They did not trail the rest of the way. Those three seniors were pivotal in the Knights' late push, and Hansraj tallied a team-high 17 points on Saturday. Head scored 11 points while controlling the paint on both ends, and McCord had six points. Bret Senay, a junior, finished with nine points. For West Forsyth, Sam Maynard carried the offense with 23 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Chase Damerell was second in the score column with 10 points, followed by Lachlan Povenz with seven points. After playing a tough intra-county game on Friday night, it was a quick turnaround for River Ridge. Darling noticed the fatigue setting in but credited his guys for returning to form when necessary. Saturday marked the Knights' second straight win since dropping three straight. Support staff at schools were celebrated Thursday at the Cherokee County School District's fifth annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards. The event honored one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD's schools, centers and central office divisions. Each of the honorees was recognized by the superintendent and school board members, received a plaque and gifts of appreciation including a $200 Visa card and $50 Amazon gift card funded by sponsors. Sponsors include Presenting Sponsor Cherokee County Educational Foundation; Platinum Sponsors, Credit Union of Georgia, ProLogics and Roof Technology Partners; and Gold Sponsors, Cobb EMC and Nova Engineering. At the end of the evening, the district made surprise presentations to one overall CCSD winner each in three categories: Elementary School to Boston Elementary School kindergarten paraprofessional Debbie McMichen; Middle School/High School/Centers to CCSD Preschool Centers Head Start paraprofessional Julissa Izaguirre; and Central Office to CCSD Technology and Information Services technology specialist Jill Phillips. These overall winners were selected by a committee of retired educators and community leaders, according to CCSD. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute : Emerson mayor and wife die in car wreck

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 2:28


The mayor of Emerson and his wife were killed in a four-car crash Saturday in Cherokee County, the Cherokee Sheriff's Office reported, and a man has been arrested on charges related to the crash. According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to a four-car crash at about 4 p.m. Saturday on Knox Bridge Highway, east of Fields Landing Drive near Canton. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
Woodstock celebrates its 125th birthday

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2022 9:59


Woodstock is celebrating its 125th birthday. Woodstock leaders and residents marked the occasion December 3, at the city's 26th Annual Christmas Jubilee and Parade of Lights in downtown Woodstock, which began in 1997 to mark the city's centennial. According to the city, settlers arrived in the area in the early 1800s and a postmaster was established in 1833. The railroad and train depot were constructed in 1879. The city of Woodstock was granted a charter by the Georgia General Assembly on December 8, 1897. Main Street was paved in 1912 and 70 years later, Interstate 575 was built. Mayor Michael Caldwell will issue a proclamation in honor of the city's 125th birthday at the start of the December 12 mayor and council meeting at 7 p.m. at the Chambers at City Center, 8588 Main St. The parade had 109 entries this year, many of which paid tribute to the city's birthday. There were six marching bands from three local high schools and three home school groups. Judges included Council Member Tracy Collins, Assistant City Manager Coty Thigpen and IN WDSTK Board Member Bonnie Keheley. One of Cherokee County's premier college football prospects, Woodstock offensive lineman Tyler Douthit announced his commitment to Samford on Monday. The Wolverines' 6-foot-5, 280-pound senior was Woodstock's offensive MVP for the 2022 season. The offensive lineman chose Samford — a perennial contender from the Football Championship Subdivision's Southern Conference — among more than 20 offers, including Maryland, Georgia State and Toledo. Douthit prided himself on leading Woodstock's offensive line, a unit he said is the foundation of every football team. The Wolverines took major strides on both sides of the ball in 2022, and though it may not have showed up in the box score, Douthit's handprints were all over that improvement. In games against River Ridge, Rome, Allatoona and more, Douthit was tasked with guarding some of the state's premier pass-rushing units. He particularly helped keep the Allatoona's pass-rushers under control, allowing just one sack to a front that combined for 33.5 this season. Douthit has college and professional football pedigree in his family. His uncle, Adam Meadows, was a star offensive lineman at McEachern High School in Cobb County before moving on to play at Georgia and then the NFL as a second-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 1997. Cherokee Area Transportation Service Director Greg Powell gave a presentation on the county's new propane fueled buses at Georgia Transit Association conference last week in Columbus, the county announced. Powell's presentation, “Propane Autogas – A Pathway to Lower Emissions and Operational Savings,” focused on cost-saving measures and the benefits of propane autogas for transit services. In October, Cherokee County put the first propane-powered public transit buses in the state of Georgia in service. CATS purchased three propane-powered buses from Coach and Equipment Bus Sales, Inc. in February to replace aging buses in the fleet. Conference attendees learned from several fleet managers about their experiences with new energy sources after transitioning from gasoline or diesel. The presentation included a life cycle analysis of the carbon emissions of two of the most prevalent alternative energy sources for vehicles and the future of clean transportation, and how propane can allow fleets to reach their sustainability goals. As the sun fell Friday night, thousands gathered in downtown Ball Ground for the March of the Toys Parade for Toys for Tots, led by Irlene Mandrell of “Hee Haw” Fame and the Creekview High School marching band. The parade of over 70 groups from Boy Scouts to classic cars, dancers and cosplayers to heavy equipment and fire engines snaked its way through Ball Ground, welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus just over an hour later. The parade now in its eighth year, draws a massive crowd from both Ball Ground and the surrounding area. The parade has been a welcome addition to the Toys for Tots annual campaign, who distributed 883,000 toys to children in the Atlanta area last year. The Marine Corps Reserve collected 25 boxes of toys at Friday's event. New, unwrapped toys can still be dropped off at fire stations across Cherokee County. Stations will be accepting toys for local charities until December 16. For more information on the event, visit marchofthetoysparade.com or check back next fall for details on the 2023 parade. Bryce Leatherwood from Cherokee County has made it to the live finale of NBC's “The Voice.” Leatherwood, from Hickory Flat near Woodstock, was one of five to move on to the finale from the Top 8 Live Playoffs this week. Contestants will perform two songs Monday, as well as a duet with their coach, in Leatherwood's case, a song with Blake Shelton. Viewers will then cast their vote for the winner of "The Voice." The winner will be announced Tuesday night. Monday, Leatherwood performed Justin Moore's "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away." He also performed a duet with fellow contestant Morgan Myles. The duo performed Whitney Houston's "Saving My All My Love for You." Leatherwood was one of four contestants to automatically advance due to the number of votes he received. “The Voice” airs at 8 p.m. Eastern time Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC and Peacock TV. Fans can vote at NBC.com/VoiceVote or vote on the official The Voice app. Voting will open Monday. A fan can vote for an artist 10 times per email address, according to NBC. Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order Thursday suspending the state sales tax on gasoline for the seventh and final time since March, when pump prices began climbing after the outbreak of war in Ukraine. The latest suspension will run through January 10, the day after Georgia lawmakers convene under the Gold Dome for the 2023 General Assembly session. After that, Kemp will look to the legislature to help provide tax relief to Georgians in other ways, the governor said during a news conference at the state Capitol. Kemp, who was reelected to a second term in office last month, repeated a pledge he made on the campaign trail this year to push for an additional $1 billion state income tax rebate on top of the $1.6 billion tax rebate Georgia lawmakers approved this year. He also is asking the legislature for $1 billion in property tax rebates. Incoming Republican legislative leaders appeared with Kemp Thursday to lend support to his tax cutting proposals. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: CATS director presents new propane busses.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 3:03


Cherokee Area Transportation Service Director Greg Powell gave a presentation on the county's new propane fueled buses at Georgia Transit Association conference last week in Columbus, the county announced. Powell's presentation, “Propane Autogas – A Pathway to Lower Emissions and Operational Savings,” focused on cost-saving measures and the benefits of propane autogas for transit services.   #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/           See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Bryce Leatherwood advances on "The Voice."

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022 2:50


Bryce Leatherwood from Cherokee County has made it to the live finale of NBC's “The Voice.” Leatherwood, from Hickory Flat near Woodstock, was one of five to move on to the finale from the Top 8 Live Playoffs this week. Contestants will perform two songs Monday, as well as a duet with their coach, in Leatherwood's case, a song with Blake Shelton. Viewers will then cast their vote for the winner of "The Voice." The winner will be announced Tuesday night. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/           See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
News Minute: Walker carries Cherokee; Warnock wins state runoff

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 2:16


Sen. Raphael Warnock narrowly won reelection Tuesday night to serve six more years in office, unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State's website show. As of 11 p.m. Tuesday with 152 out of 159 counties reporting, Warnock had 50.71% of the vote over Republican challenger Herschel Walker's 49.29%. Counties with ballots remaining to be counted included Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, which Warnock won in the Nov. 8 general election.   #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/           See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast
Faith-based TV show filmed in Woodstock enters post-production

Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 11:14


A German-based robotics company is building a new manufacturing facility to Canton, expected to create 137 new jobs in Cherokee County, Governor Brian Kemp announced. Becker Robotic Equipment, a global cable and robotic machinery manufacturer specializing in individualized robotic equipment, will invest over $30 million in the facility, which will house its North American headquarters. Headquartered in Dülmen, Germany, Becker was founded in 1993 with the aim of supplying accessories and integrated automated systems, mainly for the automotive industry. Becker's new North American headquarters and manufacturing facility will be located at The Bluffs at Technology Park in Canton. The facility is expected to consist of three adjacent buildings and will be designed with clean energy solutions, such as solar panels, according to the governor's office. The company is looking to hire for sales and applications engineers, automotive project managers, non-automotive project managers, inside sales support staff, project engineers, office administrators, HR generalists, manufacturing technicians, and customer and service technicians.   A six-episode series was recently filmed in Cherokee County, using the backdrop of local buildings, businesses and areas to help tell its story. “These Stones” is a Christian faith-based series written and produced by Woodstock resident Cheryl McKay Price. The series tells the story of a wayward daughter who, after her mother is killed, takes over a supernatural program to help others, according to its synopsis on IMDb.. Though she struggles to believe in God, she finds herself matching mysterious visitors from the past to those facing challenges today. The series was shot from September 19 to October 21 in various locations throughout Woodstock including the downtown area, Rootstock, Circle of Friends and a farmhouse in Canton. Scenes were also shot in Marietta. Price said she is hopeful for a release by the end of next year. The show features a cast of actors, most of whom are from Georgia. Several of the crew members and production team are from Cherokee County as well, Price said. Circle of Friends, a Woodstock coffee shop which employs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, was part of the set in an episode about a boy with Down syndrome and his mother. At first, the mother is afraid to let her son integrate into society because he has been bullied, Price said. The boy wants to make friends, so the mom eventually lets him get a job at Circle of Friends and interact with other people. Price said she hopes there could be more seasons to the show, though the show's first season is structured to tell a complete story. The screenwriter and producer said she enjoyed the process, and added that the Cherokee Office of Economic Development's film office, led by Molly Mercer, was very easy to work with in helping her achieve her vision.   The Cherokee County school board has won state honors for its communications initiatives. For the fourth consecutive year, the Georgia School Boards Association has awarded the Cherokee school board its Leading Edge Award, Cherokee County School District announced. The past three years, the honor earned has been in the Culture, Climate and Organizational Efficacy category, and this year's award is in the Communication category. The awards, presented in seven categories, recognize innovative practices by school boards and school districts that make a significant and positive impact on students. School Board Chair Kyla Cromer accepted the award on the board's behalf at a Georgia School Boards Association ceremony Friday morning. CCSD's strategic communications plan outlines how communications efforts will help achieve the goals of the district's overall blueprint strategic five-year plan for continuous improvement. Key to this plan is reporting success stories, which are shared daily across numerous district and school platforms, including websites, social media, newsletters and publications and also are shared with traditional local media outlets. The district's communications team annually trains staff from schools and district departments and divisions on best communications practices including how to share their successes stories. School board members also receive communications training and guidance throughout their time in office.   The Cherokee boys' basketball team kept its undefeated record intact with its 74-64 win at Sequoyah on Friday night. With a nice lift from Lawrence Sanford, the Warriors pulled ahead in the second quarter and never looked back. Both teams were scoring well to start the night, with the Chiefs taking a 19-16 lead after the first period. Cherokee made adjustments going into the second quarter, though, and built a 28-21 lead in just over three minutes. Sanford was a big part of Cherokee's run, scoring its first eight points of the second quarter. He connected on three 3-pointers in the frame and finished the night with a game-high 22 points. Offense has been the Warriors' strength through the first five games, as expected, though its defense took major strides. It was tested against Sequoyah's high-powered offense and passed with flying colors.   About one in six Cherokee County voters had cast a ballot ahead of the December 6 runoff contest between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger Herschel Walker, according to numbers from the Georgia Secretary of State's website. As of Friday morning, 33,008 Cherokee County voters had cast a ballot, according to the state website, about 17% of the county's registered voters. The state reported 28,110 of those votes were cast in person. Turnout for Georgians returning to the polls this week to vote in the December 6 runoff election surpassed 1 million ballots cast ahead of Election Day. Cherokee County was showing 4,895 absentee ballots had been accepted by the close of polls Thursday, and there were another 2,711 ballots were still outstanding. The state numbers showed that Cherokee's in-person early voting increased as the week went on. The county began early voting at one location Sunday and saw 1,127 ballots cast in person that day. When voters returned to polls Monday, 5,319 voted early in Cherokee, and Thursday, that number was 7,651.   Cherokee's Toni Warren erupted for a game-high 32 points in the 72-49 win over Sequoyah at the War lodge on Friday night. Warren tallied 10 points in the third quarter alone, helping the Lady Warriors secure their second victory in a row. It was back-and-forth in the first quarter, with Cherokee holding a slim 16-14 lead at the break. Warren made her presence felt early, hitting a 3-pointer and then earning three free throws on the next possession. She hit four of five free throws in the period. Warren opened the second quarter with a tough mid-range fadeaway and nailed another two possessions later to push the Lady Warriors' lead to 23-19. Behind Warren's 32 points, Hannah Harris was the lone other Cherokee player in double figures with 11 points. Riley Simmons pitched in eight points, including two 3-pointers in the second quarter. The Lady Warriors connected on 11 3-pointers in Friday's win. For Sequoyah, Elle Blatchford led the way with 16 points as she continues to ramp up after returning from injury. She had nine points in the fourth quarter. Gray and Abdus-Salaam each tallied nine points, followed by Shelby Belanger with six points. #CherokeeCounty #Georgia #LocalNews           -          -          -          -          -          -          The Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast is local news for Woodstock, Canton, and all of Cherokee County. Register Here for your essential digital news.             This podcast was produced and published for the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger and TribuneLedgerNews.com by BG Ad Group     For more information be sure to visit https://www.bgpodcastnetwork.com/    https://cuofga.org/   https://www.drakerealty.com/   https://www.esogrepair.com/           See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.