A man and woman have been indicted by a Cherokee County grand jury on charges related to the death of their infant child in 2021.
According to an indictment filed Jan. 10, Railey Smelley, 24, of Dallas, Georgia, and Conor Catalan, 23, of Woodstock are each charged with felony counts of second degree murder, second degree cruelty to children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Smelley is charged with causing the infant to die of asphyxiation, per the indictment.
In an arrest warrant filed by the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, authorities say she rolled over the child while under the influence of illegal drugs in October 2021 in a Cherokee County apartment.
When he died, the baby was only about six weeks old, according to the sheriff’s office.
Catalan, is charged with transferring custody of the infant to Smelley, knowing she was under the influence of drugs.
Smelley and Catalan were arrested in March after they turned themselves in, according to the sheriff’s office.
Overnight in late October, a fire broke out in the ceiling of the dry storage room at Williamson Brothers Bar-B-Q in Canton, causing the temporary closing of a beloved restaurant.
After almost four months of repairs, the restaurant’s owners expect to open its doors sometime between mid-February and March 1. The plan to reopen the restaurant marks a happy occasion for the restaurant’s owners, staff and customers. Although the restaurant was damaged, the spirit and optimism of the staff was not. The fire is said to have started in the dry storage room due to wiring in the ceiling, Morales said. As the fire grew stronger, the smoke made its way throughout the restaurant, damaging walls and rooms in the rest of the building.
After receiving the call, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services dispatched firefighters to the restaurant at 1:01 a.m. October 23, according to the fire department. While there may be some minor changes to the restaurant due to repairs, the overall look and feel of Williamson Brothers will remain the same as it was before the fire.
Si Woo Kim of South Korea birdied his final two holes to fire his second straight 6-under 64 and win the Sony Open on Sunday in Honolulu.
Kim's eight birdies and two bogeys helped him finish the week with an 18-under 262, beating third-round leader Hayden Buckley by a stroke.
The key moment came at the par-3 17th, where Kim's tee shot missed the green. He chipped in from about 28 feet away for a birdie that proved pivotal. Kim said that before hitting his chip, he heard a crowd roar in the distance that told him Buckley had made a birdie at the hole behind him. Etowah grad Chris Kirk finished in third at 15 under. Kirk led after Friday but was unable to hold on to the lead. The tour resumes this weekend with the American Express in La Quinta, California.
Private First Class Silas John Bisbee from Woodstock, has graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island.
Bisbee successfully completed 13 weeks of basic training as one of 72 recruits in Platoon 4044 and graduated in November. While in recruit training Bisbee was recognized as an expert shooter, squad leader and honor platoon along with the squad. After 10 days leave he reported to Camp Geiger for Marine Corps combat training.
Bisbee is a graduate of Woodstock High School.
Four finalists have been selected for the Service League of Cherokee County's annual Heritage of Hope Award, the organization announced.
After receiving nominations from across community members, the Service League has selected Josh Bagby, Julie Darnell, Juvenile Court Judge Jennifer Davis, and Michele Prance as finalists for the award.
The Heritage of Hope Award was established by the Service League to honor a person who is making significant contributions to children in the Cherokee County community through their time, actions, talents and dedication.
According to the Service League, the four finalists have consistently demonstrated qualities of compassion and service to either one organization or a variety of volunteer activities that benefit children. They also serve as role models for compassion and service to children in need and strive to make Cherokee County a better place.
Cherokee and North Cobb went back and forth for three quarters on Friday night in Kennesaw, but it was Cherokee that built a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and held on through the final buzzer for a 75-61 win.
Cherokee held an 11-point advantage at halftime despite five lead changes in the second quarter alone. It scored 13 unanswered points before halftime, with Lawrence Sanford and Tayden Owens leading the charge.
North Cobb came out of halftime with a purpose and, led by Evan Daniel’s seven straight points, it cut Cherokee’s lead to single digits. It cut the deficit to just two points at 49-47 after Jalan Johnson was fouled on a 3-pointer and converted all three free throws.
On the next two possessions, though, Cherokee converted on back-to-back 3-pointers from Sanford and Cameron Pope, pushing its lead back up to eight points.
Cherokee led 60-49 at the end of the third quarter and outscored North Cobb 15-12 over the final frame to finish off a sixth straight win.
Cherokee’s win streak continued, and momentum is on its side after knocking off Walton for the second time on Tuesday. It improved to 14-2 overall and 2-0 in the region, with another region matchup against Kennesaw Mountain coming on tonight.
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