Northside Hospital Cherokee Opens May 6th 2017

Northside Hospital Cherokee's long waited replacement hospital will open for patients on May 6th. The new hospital is located at 450 Northside Cherokee Blvd. in Canton off 575 at the GA Hwy 20 exit. Construction is complete on the new hospital which will have 105 inpatient beds and twice the square footage as the

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Funeral Services for ET Booth Chorus Teacher Killed on I-575 Set For Tuesday

Friends and family will gather to say goodbye to beloved chorus teacher, Kevin Oliver White, who died in a traffic accident early Friday morning on 575 in Woodstock. The service will be held at Canton United First Methodist Church. The family will receive friends Monday from 10am to 9pm and Tuesday from 11am to 2pm. Kevin Oliver White is survived by his wife

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Cherokee County Man Indicted on Murder Charges

A Cherokee County man has been indicted on charges he fatally shot his wife while driving on Hwy 92 in Woodstock in December of 2016. Darrell Eaker is charged with felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and criminal damage to property. Eaker is accused of fatally shooting

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Ringgold Man Denied Bond For Murder of Woodstock Woman

A Ringgold man accused of killing his girlfriend inside her Woodstock apartment was denied bond. Michael Russell, 41, waived his right to appear before an Associate Magistrate Judge. He now faces one count of malice murder, one count of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of false imprisionment in the death of Christy Waller. The body of the victim, Christy Waller was found by her two

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Reinhardt University to Celebrate the Life of Coach Quentin Moses

Reinhardt University will hold a celebration of life for Coach Quentin Moses tomorrow at Reinhardt University. It will be held in the Brown Athletic Center Gym at 1pm. The service will include words from the Rev. Tim Emmett, pastor of Waleska United Methodost Church, and scripture readings by RU football players and music by the Reinhardt University Chamber Singers.

Moses died in a house fire on

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A Casino Could Come to Cherokee County

An Indian Tribe in Oklahoma wants to return to it's ancestral Georgia, and could bring a casino with it. The Keetoowah band were driven from Georgia during the Trail of Tears in the 1830's, and are hoping for a fruitful homecoming. The tribe wrote to Gov. Nathan Deal last month regarding building a casino, possibly in the Ball Ground Area. The casino company would

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Woodstock Police Chief Appoints Second in Command

Woodstock police Chief Calvin Moss has appointed his second in command and Captain to oversee important functions of the department.

Kevin Culpepper has been appointed to the assistant cheif post while Mark Hand has been promoted to the rank of Captain.

Culpepper previously held the rank of captain and commander of the Field Operations Division. Assistnat Chief

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Canton City Council Imposes Moratorium

Tha Canotn City Council took a bold action last night at their meeting, and imposed a 60 day moratorium on accepting any zoning or building permits for apartments. City Manager Billy Peppers told the council the city has over 4000 apartment units already zoned. Peppers said he has not had an application for any apartments in the last 6 months, but with the building boom

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Byron Dobbs named Cherokee County 1st Citizen for 2017

FIRST CITIZEN OF CHEROKEE COUNTY NAMED CANTON, GA (January 19, 2017)

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Byron L. Dobbs has been named the 42nd recipient of the First Citizen of Cherokee County Award. He was honored during the Chamber's 46th Annual Meeting held Thursday, January 19, 2017. A native of Woodstock and a lifelong resident of Cherokee County for 82 years, Mr. Dobbs retired from radio station WCHK in 1998 after 40 years and today works at WLJA 101.1 FM which he and business associate Randy Gravley own their corporation, Tri-State Communications. Throughout the years Mr. Dobbs has been involved with a variety of local organizations including the Board of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Cherokee County Historical Society, Sequoyah Regional Library, Emeritus Director of the Cherokee Sports Hall of Fame, Honorary Member of Ellijay Rotary Club, the A-Day for Reinhardt University Committee, the Cherokee Clean & Beautiful Commission and organizer of the Easter Community Sunrise Service at Cherokee Memorial Park which continues today.

Being recognized for his commitment to his community and profession is nothing new for Mr. Dobbs who has been honored by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ as Broadcaster of the Year, inducted into the University of Georgia’s Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Daughters of the American Revolution Excellence in Community Service, Cherokee County Proclamation for Byron Dobbs Day, Byron Dobbs Day in the City of Canton, Georgia House of Representatives Resolution for Distinguished Career, Georgia Senate Bill commending his community leadership, and the Georgia State School Board’s Beacon Award. “The Cherokee County Chamber is honored to name Byron Dobbs as the 42nd recipient of the prestigious First Citizen of Cherokee County Award. It is obvious, based upon his accomplishments, why he was selected,” remarked Bryan Reynolds, Director of the Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency, and 2017 Chairman of the Chamber. The title of First Citizen of Cherokee County is bestowed upon resident of Cherokee County who has resided in the county for a minimum of five years and has shown significant meritorious service to his/her community through family, civic and/or religious involvement. A panel of out-of-town judges reviews the accomplishments of each applicant then the winner is chosen based upon merit. The 2017 recipient joins a prestigious list of honorees including former Canton physician Dr. Grady Coker, who was the initial recipient in 1971, along with Norman Sosebee who was selected in 2016.

The title of First Citizen of Cherokee County is bestowed upon resident of Cherokee County who has resided in the county for a minimum of five years and has shown significant meritorious service to his/her community through family, civic and/or religious involvement. A panel of out-of-town judges reviews the accomplishments of each applicant then the winner is chosen based upon merit. The 2017 recipient joins a prestigious list of honorees including former Canton physician Dr. Grady Coker, who was the initial recipient in 1971, along with Norman Sosebee who was selected in 2016. ###

Chuck Payne Wins Run Off for State Senate Seat 54th District

CHUCK PAYNE IS THE WINNER IN THE STATE SENATE DISTRICT 54 SPECIAL ELECTION RUNOFF OVER DEBBY PEPPERS. PAYNE TOOK 64% OF THE VOTE IN WHITFIELD COUNTY, 71% OF THE VOTE IN GORDON COUNTY, 75% OF THE VOTE IN PICKENS COUNTY, AND 68% OF THE VOTE IN MURRAY COUNTY.

List of Closings Due to Icy Conditions

FROM THE CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT...Based upon current hazardous road conditions in shaded areas throughout the County and on Cherokee County School District Properties, and after consultation with the Sheriff's Office and Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency, the Superintendent of Schools has cancelled school for students and staff members for Monday, January 9.
 

FROM PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOLS... Due to inclement weather conditions, the Pickens County School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, January 9. All school activities, including athletic events and after-school programs, will be cancelled.

Lumpkin County Schools will be closed Monday, January 9...12 month staff should report as road conditions allow. The Lumpkin County Board Of Education meetings have been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 11.

Whitfield County Schools will be closed Monday Jan 9th

Dawson County Schools will be closed Monday, January 9...12 month employees should report if you have safe travel.

Union County Schools will be closed Minday Jan 9th for students and Staff.

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Frank Reynolds Sworn In as Cherokee County Sheriff

Frank Reynolds was sworn in yesterday as the new Sheriff of Cherokee County at the Historic Courthouse in Downtown Canton. Reynolds won the summer election in a landslide, and will take office on Jan.1st. Sheriff reynolds graduated from Cherokee High School before graduating from Riverside Military Academy in Gainsville. He obtained associates and bahchelors degrees from Reinhardt University and a master of Justice Administration from Columbus State.

Reynolds served as a Captain with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office, and before that was a member of the High Threat Protection Program in

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Cherokee County Detectives Investigating Road Rage Incident

Cherokee Sheriff's detectives are investigating a road rage incident that happened Saturday night around 10pm on Reinhardt College Parkway north of the Hwy 5 connector in Canton. A couple from Jasper and their teenage grandson were traveling

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Special Election for State Senate District 54 Today

Vote today to fill the State Senate Seat once occupied by Charlie Bethel. Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Bethel to the Georgia Court of Appeals, leaving the seat for the 57th DIstrict open. Five people have qualified: Republicans Conda Goodson, Chuck Payne, Shell Underwood, and Wiliam Vinyard, as well as non-partisian candidate Debby Peppers. The district covers

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Hard Freeze For Our Listening Area Again Tonight

Please be aware that tonight will bring another hard freeze to our area, with lows in the low 20's and upper teens. No moisture will be involved in this event, but this is the kind of cold that is dangerous to people and animals. Please take time to check your home, and make sure that all

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Ross Harris Sentenced to Life Plus 32 Years For Hot Car Death of His 22 Month Old Son Cooper

The father convicted of leaving his 22 month old son, Cooper Harris, in a hot car to die in 2014 was sentenced to a life sentence plus 32 years on Monday. Found guilty last month on all eight charges, including malice murder, Ross Harris had been arrested hours after the death of his young son. Evidence in the case convinced the jury that Ross Harris had not forgotten his son in the car, but left him

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Much Needed Rain and Wind on the Way to North Georgia

Two fronts will bring much needed rain, along with strong winds to our area tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday. The rain is expected to arrive tonight and some places in the Georgia mountains could get up to five inches, and farther south we could see 2 to 4 inches. The National Weather Service has issued a

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Rough Ridge Fire Continues to Burn in the Cohutta Wilderness

aA massive wildfire continues to to roar through the forests of North Georgia, as hundreds of firefighters struggle to bring the growing blaze under control. The Rough Ridge fire was started on October 16th by a lighting strike, and has consumed over 21,000 acres. The fire is currently only

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High School Football Playoff on WLJA Tonight

There is championship football on WLJA tonight. Tune in as the Cherokee Warriors enter the state tournament against the Wheeler Wildcats. Six and four Cherokee is considered the favorite over the Wheeler Wildcats. Tune in to WLJA

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Donald Trump Wins the 2016 Presidential Election

Donald Trump defeated Hilary Clinton in the race for President of the United States. Trump took 276 of the electoroial vote, with Hilary taking 216. It was a nail biter for both sides as the race ran well into the early morning hours. Donald Trump also won the popular vote by a slim margin of 47.60% to Hilary's 47.53%. Donald Trump got the call around 2:30 am from Hilary conceding the election to him. The states that put Trump over the top were

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Today is the DAY--Election Day 2016

Officials are expecting a record number of votes to be cast in today's election. Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, according to pre-election polls, are in a tight race for the White House. Georgians will also vote for a US Senator, House races, and four proposed constitutional ammendments. Also, voters will be asked to contine the school SPOLST tax. Polls are open

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Red Flag Warning in Effect for WLJA Listening Area

The National Weather has issued a Red Flag Warning until 7pm tonight for gusty winds and low relative humidity for North and Central Georgia. Winds 15 to 20 mph and gusts to 30mph with greater wind speeds likely in the higher elevations. Relative humity will be at 25-35 percent today. The impacts will be

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Gasoline Prices Rise After Pipeline Break in Alabama

We saw gas prices jump as much as twenty cents yesterday in some places after the Colonial Pipeline break. The Colonial Pipeline in Alabama exploded on Monday, killing one person, and injuring five, shutting dowm the pipeline for the rest of the week. Gov. Nathan Deal issued

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Firefighters BattleTen Acre Forest Fire in Cherokee County

Firefighters across metro Atlanta are warning of increased fire threats. Georgia Forestry spent most of the day Sunday putting out 10 acres of wildfire in Cherokee County in the Holly Springs area. The Georgia Forestry Commission has responded to

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Early Voting in Cherokee County Through November 4th at Five Locations

Early voting continues in Cherokee County. Kim Stancil, Director of the Cherokee County Elections Office says that as of 5pm on Thursday October 27th, 12,816 people had cast an early ballot for the November 8th General Election. Numbers have been running at about 1500 people per day. Early voting will go on through Friday November 4th, and now there are

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Trunk or Treat in Ellijay on Halloween Night

The annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Event, sponsored by the Ellijay Downtown Development Authority will be Monday, Halloween night from 5-8pm. Trunk or Treat will take place

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Drought Conditions Lead Forestry Officials to Extend Burn Ban

The burn ban, which typically runs from May1 through the end of September, has been extended in Clayton, Fayette, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties. ALL outdoor burning, including leaves, trash, yard debris and storm damage is prohibited under the ban. In Gilmer County

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Another Robbery at The Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta in Woodstock

Woodstock Police are asking for the public's help to identify suspects in a robbery that took place at the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta in Woodstock yesterday. It happened around 2pm yesterday afternoon. The victim said a black male approached him and pulled out a semi automatic handgun and demanded the victim hand over his necklace. Then another suspect got out of a car, and approached him too. He threatened to shoot the victim  if he didn't comply. A vehicle then passed by

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Cherokee County Investigators Search for Daylight Bank Robber

A daring daylight bank robbery of a Woodstock bank has investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriffs Office looking for a man they say robbed the First Citizens Bank on Eagle Drive yesterday in Towne Lake. The man did not brandish a weapon, but handed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect left with an undislosed anount of cash. The suspect escaped on

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