PSO seeking suspect on loose


JASPER, Ga. – A recent social media post has escalated concerns by citizens over a suspect fleeing Police custody at a traffic stop.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Captain Kris Stancil did confirm with FYN that Andrew Flowers does have outstanding warrants and during an attempted traffic stop yesterday, Flowers was a passenger and successfully evaded capture by fleeing the scene.

Stancil did say citizens should be on the lookout for Flowers, but cautioned citizens against panic in the situation. Authorities are working diligently in their investigation and search for this wanted man.

Stancil further urged citizens to contact 911 with sightings and information. As with any suspect fleeing police, citizens should report their information and allow police to do their jobs in apprehending him. The Pickens Sheriff Office has since stated “At this time, our agency has no information or credible threat that Mr. Flowers is armed or dangerous, however we do request that if you have any information in regard to the whereabouts of Mr. Flowers, please contact the Pickens Sheriff’s Office at 706-253-8900 or the Pickens County Dispatch Center at 706-253-8911.”

Flowers has been in police custody before and currently has outstanding warrants with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.


John Albert Aicher: Obituary


John Albert Aicher

April 19, 1953 – February 7, 2019

Dr. John A. Aicher, age 65, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Thursday evening, February 7, 2019 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia.

Dr. Aicher was born April 19, 1953 in Easton, Pennsylvania to his late parents Donald F. and Anna Hayder Aicher. He attended college and graduated from medical school at Emory University. John was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church and owned and operated Comprehensive Healthcare of North Georgia.

A funeral mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church with Father Byrd officiating. A private family interment service will follow in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his children and in-laws, Dustin and Briar Aicher of Rome, Ashley Aicher and Chris Beltran of Jasper, Brian and Allison Aicher of Canton, Natalie Aicher and Cory Brumbelow of Charleston, SC; grandchildren, Carley Beltran, Melissa Aicher, and Andrew Aicher; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Carol Aicher of Traverse City, MI and Gary and Sue Aicher of Virginia Beach, VA. His special dog Tazzie also survives.

Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church (1908 Waleska Highway 108; Jasper, GA 30143) or to the American Lung Association (2452 Spring Road SE; Smyrna, GA 30080) in memory of Dr. Aicher.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory
Online condolences may be made to the family at

Sherri Angela “Angie” Hughes: Obituary


Sherri Angela “Angie” Hughes

September 1, 1963 – February 5, 2019

Sherri Angela “Angie” Hughes, age 55 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at her home.

Survivors include her parents, Jack and JoAnn Norton of Jasper; grandchildren, Victoria JoAnn Wright and Christian Jacob Wright; and her aunt and uncle, Vicki and Ben Kiker of Ellijay. She was preceded in death by her daughters, Jodi Hollifield and Leah Hollifield Wright.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Steve Fields and Mr. Ben Kiker officiating. Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The family will accept flowers or memorial contributions may be made to Scottish Rite Hospital in Angie’s honor.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at .

Bobby Wallace Jordan: Obituary


Bobby Wallace Jordan

June 12, 1938 – February 12, 2019

Mr. Bobby Wallace Jordan was born on June 12, 1938 in Pickens County, where he was a life long resident.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dora Belle Jordan and Clyde Venson Jordan, and his sister Carolyne Sue Ellis.

In early adulthood, he was joined in matrimony to Lorine Wendy Poole. Later life he was married to Helen Hancock for 35 years.

He is survived by daughters: Wanda Jordan Young, Wendy Lee Stanfield, Wansley Sue Wilson, Vicky Salisbury and Son: Wesley Wallace Jordan. Also, 19 Grandchildren, 34 Great-Grand Children and One Great-Great Grandchild, and 5 nieces and nephews.

In early years he professed his faith in Christ and joined the church. He worked in various occupations including the poultry industry and the concrete bussiness.

In later years he enjoyed spending time with family, especially the children. He loved gardening, driving around on his golf cart and his tractor. His hobbies included whittling, watching westerns, football, and the Atlanta Braves on TV. He loved Kentucky Fried Chicken and Tia’s famous home- made banana pudding.

On February 12, 2019 he went home to be forever in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Visiting will begin February 13, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Funeral Service will be held 3:00 PM Thursday, February 14, 2019 in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be at the Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

The family will except flowers or donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Cagle Funeral Home is Honored to serve the Jordan Family.

Mardi Gras In The Mountains 2019 King & Queen Nominees-Pickens


The Georgia Mountains Hospice, The Ellijay and Jasper Councils of the Knights of Columbus, and The Rotary Club of Jasper invite you to the 2019 Mardi Gras in the Mountains!

Enjoy a spectacular evening with fine dining, a great band, silent auction
and coronation of the 2019 King and Queen and Honor Court.

When? Saturday – March 2, 2019, from 6:30pm – 11:00pm  (black tie optional)

Where? Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College

Vote for the Pickens King & Queen by clicking on the donate button below or visit Each dollar equals one vote.

Pickens Queen & King ~ Michelle Roberson & Gerard Monte

Michelle Roberson & Gerard Monte

Michelle Roberson is a true Georgia Peach. She is from Gwinnett County and has lived all of her life in Georgia except for a few years in Nashville, TN. Twirling the baton took her to Valdosta State College (University) to be the first feature twirler in the inaugural Blazin’ Brigade Marching Band; while there she studied journalism and marketing with an emphasis in sports broadcasting and promotion.

Ask Michelle about her “amazing” kids – Callahan, an adjunct instructor in the welding department at Chattahoochee Tech in Jasper, Alston, a proud BAMA graduate and engineer, and Lauren, a junior at Kennesaw State University – she will say they are one of the greatest gifts of her life. She looks forward to marrying the “love of her life” Lee Daniel in March.

Her professional time in Jasper is spent on the campus of Holy Family Episcopal Church as their Parish Administrator. “God opened a door for me at Holy Family in 2009. The members there are my family, friends, and mentors. My position is more than a job to me; it is a ministry.” In her spare time, she loves to hike, cook, entertain, travel and raise money. And, that’s why she is our Pickens County Queen.

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Gerard Patrick Monte was born in Los Angeles on April 22nd 1958. He was raised in West Covina, California where he graduated Covina High School and attended Mount San Antonio College earning his A.S Degree in Business Administration. His nick name in college was “Senator” as he ran for the Senate Board, won, & continued on to study at the University of Southern California Los Angeles.  Gerard was raised in an Italian and Spanish household where needless to say, he was exposed to family, food and celebration! He attended Sacred Heart Church in Covina and was elected the youngest Presidents of both the Italian Catholic Federation and Sons of Italy. His heritage, sense of community and caring spirit is the foundation of his generosity and philanthropy.

Gerard started his catering company “MONTE”S CATERING” in the early 80’s for his love of food and entertaining. He catered to the cosmetic industry during his 20 years while working in that field as one of the first males introduced to that department. He worked for a series of fine department stores and the prestigious La Prairie cosmetics as their Account Coordinator and Training Director. During his tenure, he was Vice President of the Southern California Cosmetic Association and President of the Customer Service Board for many of the Nordstrom chain of Specialty stores.  He became very involved with various charities in Southern California and Greater Los Angeles area where he developed his skills for fundraising. He partnered with The Estee Lauder Cosmetic Company where he volunteered for over 9 years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the “Look Good Feel Better” program.

Gerard began his love for vintage cars during his high school years where he owned two Nash Metropolitans. One being a red and white hardtop, the mascot car of his alumni, and the other a turquoise and white convertible which went on to win many 1st place prizes. He served on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Car Club of America for an impressive 10 years.

While living in Southern California he met his life partner Hector of over 22 years and they began their first catering business together, Rosmont and Company caterers. They soon expanded and founded the Fountain Court Grill and Tea Room in Hollywood where Gerard volunteered and donated with many non-profit organizations and charities such as Assistant League of Southern California, Pasadena Symphony Association, Pasadena Showcase House of Design and many Junior Leagues of California and Arizona. He helped establish and served on the Board of Directors of the LGBT Los Angeles County for over 5 years. Through his various philanthropic connections, he was honored to cater such events as the Kid’s Choice Awards, Mercedes Benz Week sponsored by Estee Lauder, VOX Vodka and Sephora Cosmetics, Sundance and Outfest Film Festivals, book signing of Doris Roberts ( Everybody Loves Raymond) and Dennis Tito, the millionaire who purchased a flight to the moon space station. They catered to the LA Law Wrap Party and American Idol just to name a few.

While visiting Georgia on a retail buying business trip in 2006 the duo fell in love with the South and relocated to Canton a year later and founded Coast 2 Coast Catering. As business grew, they found and created a charming restaurant and gift shop in Jasper Georgia in 2009 and named it Madeline’s Café & Bakery after Gerard’s mother. The two once again found themselves involved with community, joined the Chamber of Commerce, and catered the North Georgia Mountains Hospice Mardi Gras in the Mountains. Gerard became a founding partner in” The Long Table on Main”, a charity fundraiser that saved the nearly extinct PCAP , Prevent Child Abuse Pickens  from closing their doors and went on to serve 5 years on the board of directors. He has established mentorships with both Ruth House and Timothy House Ministries and employed many of their residents. He established an intern program with Pickens High School Culinary Department where he trained and went on to hire two students permanently. Gerard has volunteered or donated to such charities and non-profits as A.C.E.S., CARES, Habitat for Humanity, North Georgia Pregnancy Center, Boys and Girls Club of Pickens County, Alzheimer’s  Association of North Georgia, Good Sam’s, Home Depot, Pickens County Sheriffs,  Angels on Horseback, Enlighten,  Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative, Legacy of Caring and of course Georgia Mountain Hospice for over 9 years! Through his companies, Coast 2 Coast Catering and Madeline’s and his new venture Wilton Place a Southern Boutique, he has contributed in excess of $250,000.00 to local charities and causes and hopes to add “Mardi Gras King of Pickens County” to his resume.

Gerard attributes his personal and business success to a simple motto instilled in him by his mother …..“Give me your little finger, I will give you my whole hand” and believes he is blessed with a partner and friends that support his will to give back.

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Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 01/21 to 02/03

Arrest Reports

PCSO arrest report/photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

William Harrison Jones: Obituary


William Harrison Jones

May 1, 1934 – February 4, 2019

William Harrison Jones Jr., age 84 of Jasper passed away Monday, February 4, 2019 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. He was preceded in death by his father, William Harrison Jones Sr.; his mother, Addie Lou Godfrey Jones; and his wife, Mary Louise Caylor Jones.

Survivors include his stepdaughter, Pat Boutwell of Jasper; stepson, Charles Ray of Jasper; sister, Peggy Petty of Jasper; sister, Cordia Byers of Jasper; step-granddaughter, Becky Lee; step-grandsons, Dalton Boutwell, Stephen Ray, Tommy Ray Jr., Matthew Dunn; great-grandchildren, Steel Ray, Dominique Ray, Charles Lee Ray, Maddox Ray, Tucker Ray.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Johnny Hollingshead and Reverend Harold Hightower officiating. Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.

Online condolences can be made at .

Karen Lordo: Obituary


Karen Lordo

September 16, 1948 – February 4, 2019

Karen P. Lordo, loving wife and devoted mother, passed away unexpectedly February 4, 2019 at the age of 70.

Karen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Charles D. Lordo; her children, daughter, Leigh Ann DiPuma, son, Michael Lordo, son-in-law, Tom DiPuma, and daughter-in-law, Adrianne Lordo; her five beloved grandchildren, Christopher DiPuma, Nicholas DiPuma, Emma DiPuma, Alexander Lordo, and Trevor Lordo; as well as parents Donna Phillips and James Phillips; and siblings Jimmy Phillips and Jan Phillips.
Karen was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on September 16, 1948. Her entire life was dedicated to taking care of others. She spent her career as a registered nurse and a full-time mom. Karen and Chuck recently returned to the North Georgia mountains which held a special place in Karen’s heart. Karen was a special lady who touched the lives of so many, and she will be missed beyond words.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel at Roper Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m., February 8, 2019 with interment following at Lake Forest Memorial Park. The family will be receiving friends beginning at noon.
Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.
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