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CTL Script/ Top Stories of May 27 Saturday

Publish Date: May 26th, Monday


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From the Ingles Studio Welcome to the Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast

   Today is Saturday, May 27th, and happy 87th birthday to actor Louis Gossett Jr.




I’m Brian Giffin and here are the top stories Cherokee is talking about, presented by Credit Union of Georgia

  1. Woodstock woman charged with strangling children
  2. Sections of Union Hill Road closing for construction next week
  3. And a Missing Cherokee County teen hasn’t been seen since February
  4. Plus Leah McGrath Joins our own Bruce Jenkins to talk about high grocery prices



We’ll have all this and more coming up on the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast


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Story 1. strangling


A woman named Catherine Walker, aged 38 and from Woodstock, has been arrested on charges of abusing three children over several years. She is facing three counts each of first-degree cruelty to children and aggravated assault family violence. The allegations state that she strangled the children and used belts and other objects to strike them while they were staying or visiting her home. The abuse has had a significant impact on the victims' emotional, physical, and mental well-being, resulting in thoughts of self-harm and the need for therapy. Walker was taken into custody on May 24 and remains in jail with a bond set at $34,500….check back for updates at



STORY 2: road


Motorists in Cherokee County should anticipate delays on Union Hill Road due to multiple roadway improvement projects. Beginning on May 30 and lasting until July 31, Union Hill Road (South) at the intersection with Lower Union Hill Road will be closed for an intersection improvement project, including the construction of a roundabout. Union Hill Road (North) and Old Jones will remain open with flagging operations in place. A detour will be in effect using Arbor Hill Road, Gaddis Road, and East Cherokee Drive. Additionally, the Georgia Department of Transportation will close Union Hill Road at Highway 20 as part of the Highway 20 widening project. Both closures may lead to accessibility challenges, so drivers should plan alternative routes.


Story 3:


The Cherokee Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing teenager, Alyssa Smith, who was reported missing three months ago. Alyssa, 16 years old, was last seen on February 12 in the vicinity of Sam Nelson Road near Canton. She had run away with two other teens, who have since been located, but Alyssa remains missing. She is described as a white female with blue eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she had dyed purple hair, but it may now be red or blue. Alyssa is approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 150 pounds. Authorities believe she may be in the Atlanta area. If anyone has information on her whereabouts, they are urged to contact the Cherokee Sheriff's Office at 770-928-0239 or call 911..….back in a moment


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STORY 4: Students


Students from Woodstock High School and E.T. Booth Middle School in Georgia have been recognized as regional champions in the Stock Market Game of Georgia, an annual economics competition. The competition, presented by the Georgia Council on Economic Education, allows students to learn about personal finance and economics while honing their math, research, and critical thinking skills. Participants invest virtual funds in real stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, aiming to improve their portfolio. Woodstock High School seniors James Sow and Jack Plower were honored as the Congressional District 11 High School Fall and Spring Champions, respectively. The E.T. Booth Middle School team of eighth-graders Nick D'Aquino, Aidan Moriarity, and Colby Weiner were named the Congressional District 11 Middle School Champions. Congratulations were extended to the winners by Superintendent Brian Hightower, highlighting the importance of understanding economics and personal finance for graduates.


Story 5: hvac


Fritts Heating and Air, an HVAC business here in Cherokee County, has been accused by a former employee of violating the Clean Air Act by releasing a pollutant into the air. The employee, Charles Rife, recorded a video showing workers from the company venting Freon into the air from old air conditioners. The Clean Air Act prohibits the venting of ozone-depleting refrigerants while maintaining, servicing, repairing, or disposing of AC and refrigeration equipment. Rife reported the alleged violation to state and federal officials and shared the video with WSB-TV. Fritts Heating and Air denies the allegations and states that all their technicians are EPA certified. Violating the Clean Air Act can result in civil administrative penalties. The EPA did not comment on the enforcement activities.    More in a moment


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Story 6: positive


Four students from the Cherokee County School District in Georgia have been awarded Positive Athlete Georgia regional scholarships. Positive Athlete Georgia recognizes and promotes positivity among young athletes. Nominations are made by coaches, principals, teachers, and parents, and winners must demonstrate excellence in their sport as well as qualities such as optimism, teamwork, leadership, and a focus on others. The scholarships are sponsored by businesses and presented in various categories. The recipients include Elle Kenney and Tara Parks from Cherokee High School, Jack Strickland from Etowah High School, and Cassidy Tanner from Creekview High School. The Cherokee County School District commends the scholarship winners for their positive character and thanks the sponsors for their support.…..back in a moment



Story 7: pierce


Former Woodstock boys' basketball coach Josh Pierce has been hired as the head coach for the Dutchtown girls' basketball team. Pierce announced his new position on Twitter, expressing excitement for the opportunities it brings and looking forward to meeting the team and community. During his five seasons at Woodstock, Pierce achieved a 36-96 overall record and an 11-42 record in region play. The decision to resign from Woodstock was a difficult one but necessary for his family, according to Pierce. He replaces former Dutchtown coach Brittany Greene, who led the Bulldogs to a region championship and a final four appearance in 2021…….We’ll be back with some final thoughts after this


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