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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Request Absentee Ballots Early for November 8th Election

Just about a month to go until Election Day across the nation. In Georgia, more than 8,000 residents have already cast their ballots via absentee voting. The Secretary of State's office says though, that is only a fraction of the roughly 100,000 absentee ballots that were delivered to voters that requested them. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is

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Increase in City of Canton Water Rates

Canton residents can expect a 4.5 percent increase on their water bill. The city's water rates will go up to help offset the fact that Canton's Water and Sewage costs are increasing,  The city has raised water rates 4.5 percent for the last

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It's the 36th Annual Marble Festival in Jasper this Weekend

aIt's time for the 36th Annual Marble Festival in Jasper at Lee Newton Park this weekend. A full weekend of activities begins with the Marble Festival 5-K Run at 8AM Saturday, followed by the festival parade down Main Street in Jasper at 10AM. The Marble Festival has something to offer for everyone. There will be

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Woodstock Neighborhoods Hit in String of Burglaries

Police are investigating a string of burglaries in three Woodstock neighbohoods. The four home burglaries happened overnight Saturday in the Madison Falls, LakeStone and Highlands Mountain neighborhoods off Hwy. 92. Captain Kevin Culpepper with the Woodstock Police Department says

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Cherokee County Substitute Teacher Arrested on Two Counts of Sexual Assault

Former Cherokee County substitue teacher, Laura Rich, was arrested on Friday and charged with two counts of sexual assault by a teacher, according to Cherokee County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lt. Jay Baker. The school district informed the sheriff's office about the alligations, and this prompted detectives

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Holly Springs City Council Set to Vote on 45 Home Mixed Use Development Tonight

Tonight, the Holly Springs City Council will vote on wether to approve a 45 home mixed use development slated for 10 acres of land along Holly Springs Parkway.

The proposed development would have a density of around 4.5 homes per acre and would include a commercial property adjacent to the road. Home prices would range from the low to mid $200's. If approved, Stonebriar Development Group, LLC says construction could start as soon as Jan. 2017.

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Pickens County Board of Commissioners Meeting on Tax Rate Thursday

The Pickens County Board of Commissioners are getting a large room ready for a decision on a large tax increase. The increase of the milage rate would mean an increase of about 13% for property owners.The final puiblic hearing on the milage rate for the year will be held Thursday, Sept.15th at 5pm in the Pickens room downstairs in the county administration building. The proposed tax increas has met with

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Commissioners to Decide on Canton/Cherokee County Fire Merge

Ths consolidation of the City of Canton and the Cherokee County Fire Services is one step closer to becoming reality At last nights meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, County Manager Jerry Cooper recommended that the commissioners consider approving the merger at

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Canton City Council Considering Merge With Cherokee County Fire Services

The Canton City Council will meet tomorrow night, and discuss a possible merege with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services. Canton City Manager, Billy Peppers told Fox 5 News thses would be some of the agreements that would fall into place should the merge pass.

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UGA College Football Coming on WLJA

The 2016 College Football Season statrts next weekend. The Kirby Smart ERA with the University of Georgia begins next Saturday, with the Bulldogs facing the North Carolina Tarheels from the Georgia Dome. The battle featuring two ranked teams starts with

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Gilmer County School Board Meeting Wednesday Night to Discuss Millage Rate and Proposed Tax Increase

The Gilmer County Charter Schools-Board of Education will hold a special called meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) regarding the Millage Rate and the Proposed Tax Increase. This will be a open meeting for
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Murder for Hire Plot Results in Arrest by Pickens County Sheriff's Office

A recent tip was provided to Picken's Sheriff's Office deputies at Pickens High School regarding an individual attempting to hire someone to murder two residents of Pickens County. The tip stated that Morgan Miles Morris, age 17 had been attempting to hire an individual to commit this crime. Following up on the tip,

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Cherokee County Commission Meeting Draws Big Crowd

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners had one of the largest crowds in attendance at their meeting last night. Hundreds of boys and girls, and their parents gathered at Cherokee Hall as Chairman Buzz Ahrens proclaimed yesterday as Youth Sports Champions Day in honor of all the dozens

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17 Year Old Wanted in Cherokee County

Nadre Edwards is 17 years old, and has four active warrants for burglaries in the Westland Mill and Centennial Lakes subdivisions. He frequents the Westland Mill subdivision and the area around
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Another Shooting Last Night in Canton

Approximately 7:40 PM last night, Canton Police Officers were called to a person shot call at 491 Marietta Rd (La Taqueria Oaxaquena). During the initial investigation of the scene and the area, a male suspect was

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Canton Man Shoots and Kills his Step-Son

Investigators in Cherokee County are trying to determine what led to a shooting death near Woodstock. Woodstock Police said Carl Lewis approached an officer at Woodstock First Baptist Church, stating he had shot his step-son at their home near Woodstock, and that he didn't know if the young man was dead or alive. Cherokee County Deputies, along with Cherokee Fire Fighters

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