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Ball Ground man charged in home invasion

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Justin Pruitt

Justin Pruitt, 29, Ball Ground, was arrested at a hotel in Canton before sunrise on April 10 after warrants were put out for his arrest for a home invasion earlier this month. 

According to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office incident report, officers were dispatched at approximately 4:24 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4 to Old Mill Road off Highway 20 in reference to an armed robbery attempt. The caller, Mitchell Lingerfelt, told officers Pruitt entered his home with another man and robbed the home with a shotgun. 

Wayne Poore named Veteran of the Year

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American Legion Post Commander Richard Rice, pictured at left, presents a plaque to Wayne Poore, who was named the Veteran of the Year for Pickens County.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer    

     Wayne Poore, who served 20 years in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1984, including three tours in Vietnam, was named Veteran of the Year by American Legion Post 149.

       American Legion Post 149 Commander, Richard Rice pointed out that Poore "is not just the Veteran of the Year for Post 149, but for all of Pickens County." Recently, Poore, who retired with the rank of Captain, has been instrumental in efforts to establish and raise funds for the Pickens County Veterans Memorial.

Rep. Graves supports rural job creators

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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Supporting America’s Innovators Act (H.R. 1219), bipartisan legislation encouraging venture capitalists to invest in rural entrepreneurs:  

“Small businesses and the entrepreneurs that create them are the backbone of our nation’s economy. But the Great Recession and the overregulation that followed has made it harder for entrepreneurs to access the capital necessary to start or expand their business, especially in rural areas like Northwest Georgia. This bill makes reforms that encourage venture capitalists to invest in rural small businesses, which will help create good-paying jobs in rural communities throughout Georgia and across the country.”   

Commercial growth underway

The Progress looks at four different projects that will have an impact on the town

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     Pickens County is a small community, so when dirt starts moving people notice and want to know what’s going on. This week we look at a few construction projects happening around town, including medical offices, a gun range, a church and an auto repair/tire shop. See the full story in this week's print or online editions. 

 

Drivers: Lives are worth more than texts

 Drivers urged to put down their phones and give the road their full attention during "Distracted Driving Awareness" month
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The Governor's Office of Highway Safety warns drivers to not be foolish enough to think they can text and drive as April is "National Designated Driving Awareness" month.
Distracted driving is any activity that takes the driver's focus away from the road including talking to passengers, eating or drinking, adjusting the radio and grooming. Of course, the biggest distraction for drivers is cell phones.  It is against the law in Georgia for drivers to text, e-mail or post on social media while their vehicle is on the road including when stopped at a traffic signal or stop sign.