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Emerson mayor and his wife killed in Cherokee wreck

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The mayor of Emerson and his wife were killed in a four-car crash Saturday in Cherokee County, the Cherokee Sheriff's Office reported, and a man has been arrested on charges related to the crash.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to a four-car crash at about 4 p.m. Saturday on Knox Bridge Highway, east of Fields Landing Drive near Canton. Preliminary indications are that a Chevrolet pickup truck traveling east on Knox Bridge Hwy. lost control and crossed the center line striking a Hyundai Santa Fe traveling westbound. That collision caused the Hyundai to lose control, overturn and travel into the eastbound lane where it was struck by a GMC Savana van traveling eastbound. The Chevrolet truck also struck a Mazda 3 traveling west. Emerson Mayor Albert Pallone who was driving the Hyundai, and his wife, Camilia Pallone died in the crash. The driver of the Mazda 3 and the driver of the GMC Savana were transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet pick up, William Bryan Abernathy of Calhoun, was arrested and charged with first degree vehicular homicide, and serious injury by vehicle, DUI and reckless driving. Abernathy was also injured and is receiving treatment at an undisclosed local hospital. The site of the crash is a little over a mile east from where a Cherokee County father and daughter died in a crash on Thanksgiving - Alivia Mynes, an 18-year-old former Creekview High School volleyball standout and college freshman, and her father, Chris Mynes, 52, was the human resources director at Fox Factory in Gainesville, according to their obituaries.

A trial has been set for a Woodstock resident and her son facing felony charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol.

Lisa Marie Eisenhart, from Woodstock, and her son, Eric Munchel, who lives in Nashville, are charged with entering the Capitol with rioters and disrupting the proceedings there, according to their indictment.

Munchel, who has been referred to as the “zip tie guy,” was photographed with zip ties in the Capitol Building, according to prosecutors. He is also accused of carrying a dangerous weapon, a Taser, on the grounds and in the Capitol Building, which is associated with additional charges in the indictment. Attorneys for Munchel and Eisenhart have said they did not bring the zip ties, but found them inside the Capitol. The trial is scheduled to start April 11 before Judge Royce C. Lamberth in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Eisenhart and Munchel have pleaded not guilty on all counts, court documents show.


A tradition to honor deceased veterans returns December17, when military families, veterans and volunteers will gather to place thousands of wreaths on the headstones at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

The cemetery advisory council is hosting Wreaths Across America, which will include a public ceremony honoring deceased military service members at 11 a.m. December 17 at the cemetery. At noon, members of the public are invited to join volunteers to place wreaths on headstones. No registration is required to volunteer. For more information, email Russ Seltenright at salty31@hotmail.com.

The Georgia National Cemetery is located at 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive in Canton.

The council is accepting donations year-round for Wreaths Across America. Donations can be given by check to GNC Advisory Council or online at ganationalcemetery.org.


Holly Springs could soon switch to a simple majority system for municipal elections, pending a vote by the city council later this month.

The Holly Springs City Council is expected to make a decision at its Dec. 19 meeting.

Holly Springs uses a plurality voting system, in which the candidate with the most votes is the winner regardless of percentage, and there are no runoffs. If Holly Springs switches to a simple majority system, like for state elections, 50% plus at least one vote will be required for a candidate to win. Under this system, in the event that no one receives 50% plus one vote in the race, there will be a runoff. Establishing a 50% plus one voting system in Holly Springs requires the city to go through the state legislature to change its charter. The city council’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. December 19 at city hall. 


 River Ridge and West Forsyth went back and forth all night, but it was the Knights’ big fourth quarter that put them over the top on Saturday’s 56-47 win at the Cherokee/Forsyth Challenge.

With the game tied 38-34 heading into the fourth quarter, the Knights went on an 8-0 run, with four quick points from Davis Hansraj, to take control of the scoreboard. They did not trail the rest of the way.

Those three seniors were pivotal in the Knights’ late push, and Hansraj tallied a team-high 17 points on Saturday. Head scored 11 points while controlling the paint on both ends, and McCord had six points. Bret Senay, a junior, finished with nine points.

For West Forsyth, Sam Maynard carried the offense with 23 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Chase Damerell was second in the score column with 10 points, followed by Lachlan Povenz with seven points.

After playing a tough intra-county game on Friday night, it was a quick turnaround for River Ridge. Darling noticed the fatigue setting in but credited his guys for returning to form when necessary. Saturday marked the Knights’ second straight win since dropping three straight.

Support staff at schools were celebrated Thursday at the Cherokee County School District's fifth annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards.

The event honored one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions.

Each of the honorees was recognized by the superintendent and school board members, received a plaque and gifts of appreciation including a $200 Visa card and $50 Amazon gift card funded by sponsors. Sponsors include Presenting Sponsor Cherokee County Educational Foundation; Platinum Sponsors, Credit Union of Georgia, ProLogics and Roof Technology Partners; and Gold Sponsors, Cobb EMC and Nova Engineering.

At the end of the evening, the district made surprise presentations to one overall CCSD winner each in three categories: Elementary School to Boston Elementary School kindergarten paraprofessional Debbie McMichen; Middle School/High School/Centers to CCSD Preschool Centers Head Start paraprofessional Julissa Izaguirre; and Central Office to CCSD Technology and Information Services technology specialist Jill Phillips.

These overall winners were selected by a committee of retired educators and community leaders, according to CCSD.

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