Jasper, GA

Soldiers killed by falling tree in north Georgia identified

WHITE COUNTY, Ga — Two Georgia soldiers died in a weather-related incident at Yonah Mountain, near Dahlonega. The Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning Public Affairs Office said Wednesday they were 2nd Lt. Evan Fitzgibbon and Staff Sgt. George Taber. Fitzgibbon, Taber and three other Ranger candidates were...
Picture for Soldiers killed by falling tree in north Georgia identified

Foundation Academy alum killed in Ranger School training incident

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Evan Fitzgibbon, who graduated from Foundation Academy in 2017, was one of two soldiers killed during a Ranger School training incident Tuesday, Aug. 9. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of 2nd Lt. Evan Fitzgibbon and Staff Sgt. George Taber," officials reported via U.S. Army Fort Benning’s Facebook page. "During a Ranger School weather-induced training held Aug. 9 at Yonah Mountain near Dahlonega, Georgia, five Ranger candidates were struck by a falling tree. Fitzgibbon and Taber were pronounced deceased at the hospital. Three other candidates were injured in the incident. Two were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and one remains stable under medical care.”

Fort Benning releases names of soldiers killed at Ranger School in North Ga.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Fort Benning has released the names of the two soldiers killed in a weather-related accident in North Georgia on August 9. According to the US Army Fort Benning Facebook page, 2nd Lt. Evan Fitzgibbon and Staff Sgt. George Taber were two of five ranger candidates hit by a falling tree during a Ranger School weather-induced training at Yonah Mountains near Dahlonega, Georgia.

Police investigate shooting at Canton car dealership

CANTON, Ga. - One person was injured in a shooting at a Canton car dealership on Wednesday afternoon, police said. Canton Police arrested a 30-year-old Covington man, Kevon Phillip Duffus, for two counts aggravated assault. The shooting happened just after 1 p.m. at a Hyundai dealership along Liberty Boulevard. Canton...

Community burger opens its doors

Community Burger at the Mill on Etowah in Canton opened its doors to the public Wednesday, the restaurant announced. The restaurant delayed opening after it was originally scheduled to open in late spring. Community Burger, 225 Reformation Parkway, Suite 300, Canton, comes from Chef Todd Hogan, known for metro Atlanta restaurants including Branchwater and Branch and Barrel. The eatery features a menu of burgers, salads, and sides, and will serve custom-batch cocktails on tap.

Former councilman urges Milton to open up on property taxes

MILTON, Ga. — While Milton City Council members continue drafting the 2023 budget, a former councilman called them out at an Aug. 8 work session for lacking frankness over possible tax increases. Fulton County has yet to provide the official 2022 tax digest for Milton, but preliminary figures show...

OSHA proposes $110K fine against Canton Pilgrim's Pride after ammonia leak

Pilgrim's Pride in Canton could be fined over $110,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an ammonia leak in January hospitalized workers there. Jan. 19, an ammonia leak at the poultry processing plant on Univeter Road resulted in the hospitalization of two workers and the evacuation of about 50. A federal workplace safety investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into the leak found their employer might have prevented the incident by ensuring required safety standards were followed, according...

Canton man charged with arson in house fire

A Canton man was arrested Sunday after authorities say he intentionally started a fire that destroyed his house. Leonard Cantrell, 48, is charged with first degree arson and family violence. In his arrest warrant, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office said Cantrell intentionally set his and his wife’s house on fire early Sunday morning, causing “a total loss of the residence and property.” According to the warrant, authorities are considering the fire an act of domestic violence. Cantrell is additionally charged with a misdemeanor count of simple assault family violence stemming from a July 22 incident. As of Tuesday, Cantrell was in custody at the Cherokee County jail without bond, according to sheriff’s office spokesperson Capt. Jay Baker.

Army identifies 2 Fort Benning soldiers killed in north Georgia after being struck by fallen tree

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Two Fort Benning soldiers died Tuesday after a "weather-related" incident in north Georgia's mountains, according to a spokesperson for the Army. Army officials identified the two soldiers as 2nd Lt. Evan Fitzgibbon and Staff Sgt. George Taber. Officials later clarified that they had died after being struck by a fallen tree around 3:15 p.m. on Yonah Mountain in White County. They were sheltering after their training had been put on hold due to the weather, Army officials said. They were part of the Maneuver Center of Excellence training program.

Police: Canton man placed cameras in bathroom to spy on girlfriend

A man was arrested Sunday after authorities say he hid cameras in a bathroom in a Canton home to watch his girlfriend without her knowledge. Antonio Williams, 47, of Canton, is charged with a felony charge of unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance and a misdemeanor charge of simple battery family violence. In his arrest warrant, Canton police say Williams placed cameras in hidden locations in the bathroom to spy on the woman. Williams is also charged with assaulting his girlfriend by “placing his arm around her neck” to retrieve an item from the victim during a struggle, per the warrant, “causing physical pain and harm.” As of Tuesday afternoon, Williams remained in custody with a bond of $4,000, according to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Capt. Jay Baker.

Army: 2 soldiers dead in weather-related incident in north Georgia

FORT BENNING, Ga. (WGCL/Gray News) - Two Fort Benning soldiers died Tuesday in what Army officials call a weather-related incident. According to the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, the incident happened at Yonah Mountain near Dahlonega. Three other service members were injured and taken to the hospital, according to...