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GBI, Sheriff Investigating Mysterious Cloudland Crash
Sunday, 23 November 2014 21:03

11:50 p.m. Update: A body has been pulled out of the submerged van.

"There is no foul play suspected, but the body is going to be sent to the GBI crime lab [Atlanta] because of the nature of how it was recovered," Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader said.

Schrader says Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross is expected to make an announcement about this finding in the coming hour or so. The body was found inside the van that was submerged in a swimming pool off Brow Drive, Cloudland.

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9:45 p.m. Update: A dive team has been called in to assist with placing a strap around the submerged van. Divers are preparing to get into pool water.

The GBI, Chattooga County Sheriff's Department and a special crash reconstruction team from the Georgia State Patrol are investigating why and how a van landed in an inground pool in Cloudland.

Sheriff Mark Schrader says it's unknown as of 8 p.m. whether someone is inside the vehicle.

"We just really don't know," the sheriff said. "The way it's in the pool, it is hard to make out anything. . . It's busted the pool liner and the liner is pushed up around the edge of the vehicle."

The pool is located at a guest house owned by a Summerville attorney off Brow Road, according to the sheriff.

"The last time anybody was at [the guest house] was last Thursday," Sheriff Schrader said.

The vehicle was discovered around 4 p.m.

Ballot Screwup Prompts Talk Of Creating An Election Board
Sunday, 23 November 2014 16:12
Top Chattooga County officials say they aren't opposed to the idea of creating an election board, especially after a mistake that left one issue off the General Election ballot.
Election Superintendent Jon Payne failed to include a question asking voters if they would approve liquor by the drink sales in the county on the Nov. 4 ballot.
After discovering the missing item, officials asked for direction from Chattooga County Superior Court Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr. He ruled the question be included on the ballot during a runoff election.
"It surprised even the national media that there wasn't a runoff," Payne said. "Since there was no run off, the [judge's] order is a moot point now. We are just going to let it slide and do it in March."
Keziah Promises Active Chamber of Commerce
Sunday, 23 November 2014 16:10
Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce Director Sylvia Lee Keziah is looking to infuse new energy into the organization she took over this month.
Keziah was the main speaker at a chamber membership breakfast on Tuesday at the civic center. She laid out her principle goals and encouraged members to become more involved in chamber activities.
“We need everyone to work together to make this a success,” she said.
Keziah identified the chamber’s three overall goals as: