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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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

Zoning request on Steve Tate Road ‘not in the best interest of the county’

A public zoning application for rezoning property near the Big Canoe North Gate form NC (Neighborhood Commercial) to HB (Highway Business) will be considered by the Pickens County Planning Commission on August 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pickens County Administration Building. In addition to the 36 uses allowed by the current zoning, the new zoning will allow additional auto oriented uses. The new zoning does not meet the county comprehensive plan, according to professional urban planner Michele Mellgren,

Lee Newton park damaged by vehicular assault

Jasper’s Lee Newton park suffered significant damage when a vehicle driven by Thomas John Macdonald ran throughout the park taking out light poles and leaving behind downed power lines. The park was subsequently closed until Georgia Power can safely restore electricity. The assailant, driving a truck taken from his...

Cherokee Schools accepting applications for parent academy

The Cherokee County School District is accepting applications for its parent academy program through Sept. 6. Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy, VILLA, is an annual free six-session program that offers CCSD parents the opportunity to learn more about their school district and how to be more engaged in our schools. Participants learn about the role of school board members and school district operations, visit schools and district offices, participate in...

Dog killed in house fire in north Cherokee County

A family near Ball Ground was able to escape from a structure fire at their home Tuesday, but their dog did not survive, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services reported. According to the fire department, firefighters were dispatched at 12:59 p.m. Tuesday to a residential structure fire on Breedlove Road near Ball Ground, where they found “significant fire and smoke” coming from the front of the home, the fire department reported. Firefighters quickly deployed two hose lines to attack and extinguish the fire while searching the home for possible victims. “The occupants of the home were able to escape on their own without injury, but a family dog was found dead in the home during the search,” the fire department said in a news release. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Trails of Big Canoe: Blackwell Creek Trail

Note: this is the second of a series of articles to showcase trails in Big Canoe that people might not know about. The articles are based on the prior week’s post on Big Canoe Neighbor to Neighbor Facebook group in a series called Trail Talk Thursdays posted by a member of the trails committee. This concept came up when we post about trails committee work days and projects; many times we hear back “Where is that trail?” “How do I get to it?,” “I never knew about that one!”
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Professional actor and Southeast Whitfield High School alumnus to share advice with Dalton High School drama students

Dalton High School's drama club is opening its year in spectacular fashion Saturday, welcoming professional actor and Southeast Whitfield High School graduate Cordell Cole for a workshop. More than a decade as a professional actor, classes and workshops, plus years of roles in school and community productions have helped Cole...
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Mill Creek Riverwalk will connect Haig Mill Lake Park to downtown Dalton

More than a decade ago, during his first tenure in office, Mayor David Pennington announced plans for a series of biking and walking trails connecting the Crown Mill area to downtown Dalton, branching out into a number of directions, ultimately linking to Mill Creek, Mount Rachel and Heritage Point Park and to what city officials called the area’s “crown jewel,” Haig Mill Lake. Pennington referred to these areas as the city’s “green hat.”
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'Bringing back the joy' the goal of the new school year at Dalton High as Dalton Public Schools begins classes

After the COVID-19 pandemic had a damaging impact on three school years, "our focus this year is on bringing back the joy," Dalton High School Principal Stephanie Hungerpiller said Tuesday. "We can have all the events we want for our students, and we can focus on learning without having to worry about COVID-19 and quarantines that interrupted learning."