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Judge's Ruling Keeps Macon Music Hall Bid Secret

MACON, GA -- A judge has ruled that disclosing information about a Macon group's bid to keep the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in the city might be harmful to its bid for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Bibb County Superior Court Judge Edgar Ennis' ruling Wednesday prevents the music hall's board from releasing details of Macon's bid until the end of the year.

The state Legislature has said it won't fund the music and sports halls and has sought requests from communities interested in taking over the attractions.

Proposals by officials in Athens, Dunwoody, Dahlonega and Woodstock were made public last week, but Macon's proposal wasn't because of the pending court action.

Children's Author Visits Carmel Elementary

Children's Author Visits Carmel Elementary

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Susan Rosson Spain, a children's and young adult author, recently visited Carmel Elementary School in Woodstock to read from her newest book, "The Twelve Days of Christmas in Georgia."

The book includes fun letters -- one for each of the 12 days -- that feature entertaining, unusual and kid-friendly facts about Georgia.

FoxTale Book Shoppe (105 East Main Street, Woodstock, 30188) helped arrange this special visit.

Woodstock Police Officer Arrested for Battery

Woodstock Police Officer Arrested for Battery

WOODSTOCK, GA -- At the request of the Woodstock Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic dispute on Love Lane in Woodstock on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Kenyatta Hillman, 31, of Woodstock was arrested for Battery and Obstruction of a 911 Call. Hillman is a Woodstock police officer.

Hillman and his wife, Zully Hillman, 23, were involved in an altercation that resulted in Mrs. Hillman receiving minor injuries to her elbow and neck. Mr. Hillman was transported to the Cherokee Adult Detention Center, where he was later released on $100 bond.

The Woodstock Police Department has placed Officer Hillman on administrative leave with pay and is conducting an internal investigation. The incident remains under investigation by Cherokee Sheriff's Office detectives.

Boston Elementary Students, Elf Stock Food Pantry

Boston Elementary Students, Elf Stock Food Pantry

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Boston Elementary School C.A.M.P. teacher Clay Gunter is a man of his word.

Mr. Gunter told his students that, if the school community collected at least 1,000 cans of food for a food drive, he would come to class dressed as an elf.

The students, teachers and parents of Boston Elementary brought in well over 1,000 food items for needy families who are aided by the Jay Weaver Food Pantry in Woodstock.

And, just as he promised, Mr. Gunter dyed his hair red and green, and wore an elf costume for the school's Holiday Sing-Along.

Woodstock Police Offer Transportation on New Year's Eve

Woodstock Police Offer Transportation on New Year's Eve

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Once again, the Woodstock Police Department will conduct "Operation Safe Ride" on New Year's Eve.

This event allows officers to offer free rides home from local bars to patrons who may be impaired or feel that it is unsafe to drive.

Any person in need of a ride must be at an establishment within the incorporated limits of Woodstock, must live a reasonable distance within the city and must not have any money to call a taxi.

PeeWee's Wrecker Service and Neese Towing have joined the operation again this year and are offering to tow vehicles to homes free of charge.

Now in its third year, Operation Safe Ride has provided over 200 rides home and saved innumerable lives.

Cherokee County Crime Rundown

Cherokee County Crime Rundown

Tuesday, Dec. 14: A joint investigation between the Cherokee Sheriff's Office and U.S. Secret Service resulted in the arrest of two individuals near Bells Ferry Road and Highway 92 in Acworth.

A local business owner contacted the Cherokee Sheriff's Office two weeks prior and reported that the two suspects approached him about laundering large quantities of counterfeit money. The suspects claimed they could provide up to $2 million in counterfeit money in exchange for real currency at a rate of 50 cents on the dollar.

Investigators arranged an undercover meeting between the business owner and the suspects to further discuss the transaction. While monitoring the conversation, investigators determined that the suspects were proposing a scam in which they trade white paper for real cash.

The scammers explained that, when treated with certain chemicals, the paper transformed into high quality counterfeit cash.

Attention Cherokee County Residents

Attention Cherokee County Residents

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- Due to a winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service forecasting sleet and freezing rain for Cherokee County, the following school district after-hours programs and activities have been canceled for Wednesday, Dec. 15:

* Polaris Evening School
* Middle/high school ExP Tutoring Programs that use CCSD transportation
* All middle/high school athletics (practices and competitive games)
* All recreational league practices scheduled at school facilities
* Professional Development

Schools may choose to cancel individually scheduled events as needed. After school programs are still running as scheduled, but parents should monitor weather and road conditions and be prepared in the event of early closure of a program.