Mrs. Sarah Ruth “Dot” Winkler

Mrs. Sarah Ruth “Dot” Winkler, age 87, of Chatsworth, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at Ridgewood Manor in Dalton.

She was preceded in death by her father, Herman Powell; mother, Velvie Thomas Hudgens; husband, D.A. Winkler; daughters, Peggy Anthony and Karen Keener; son, William Henry Anthony.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Charlie & Teresa Anthony, of Florida, and Steven & Gail Anthony, of Chatsworth; daughter, Nancy Anthony, of Chatsworth; brother, Crawford Powell, of Tunnel Hill; sister, Sue Powell, of Chatsworth; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Winkler were Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 4 p.m. from the chapel of Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. Lamar Beason officiating. Interment followed in the Cool Springs Church Cemetery.

The family received friends Thursday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Peeples Funeral Home and Crematory of Chatsworth was in charge of the arrangements.

Lanell Charles Silvers

Lanell Charles Silvers, age 85, of Chatsworth, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Lanell was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Silvers; sisters, Murrell Bowen and Mary Lou Arnold; brother, Elford Charles; and parents, Harley and Ollie Charles.

Survivors include her sons, Calvin Silvers (Patricia), of Chatsworth, and Melvin Silvers (Robin), of Chatsworth; daughter, Mary Elliott (Jack), of Chatsworth; brothers, Herbert Charles, of Calhoun, and Jerry Charles, of Calhoun; sisters, Betty Burns, of Calhoun, and Shirley Swafford (Jimmy), of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Michael Silvers, of Chatsworth, Merinda McGill (Robert), of Chatsworth, Emily Parsons (Aaron), of Chattanooga, Allison Sollicito (Thomas), of Calhoun, Derek Silvers, of Chatsworth, and Justin Cantrell (Tiffany), of Tifton; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Caleb, Addison, Sullivan, Samuel, Landon, Brayden, Avery, Bryson, Olyvia, Austin, Matthew, Madison, Lily, Greyson, Mason Cy, Ava Lauren, Wren, and Piper; and several extended family members.

Funeral services for Mrs. Silvers were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in the chapel of Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Poteet officiating. Interment followed at Faith Cemetery.

A private viewing for the family was held prior to the funeral.

Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Ineze Nolan

Mary Ineze Nolan, age 89, of Chatsworth, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Chatsworth Health Care Center.

She was a member of Berean Baptist Church.

Mrs. Nolan was preceded in death by her parents, Roosevelt and Lillie Hensley; sister, Bessie Crump; brother, Clayborne Hensley; and husband, Loyd Nolan.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Lamar and Wilma Nolan, of Chatsworth; daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Jerry Cochran, of Crandall; grandchildren, Michelle Kilgore and Heather Hallman; great-grandchildren, Tyler Kilgore and Ashley Kilgore; and step-granddaughters, Teresa Davis, Leeann Bentley, and Faith Brown.

Mrs. Nolan’s loved ones wish to express their gratitude to the staff of Chatsworth Health Care Center for the excellent, professional care that they provided.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nolan were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in the chapel of Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Chastain officiating. Interment followed at Berean Baptist Church Cemetery in Ellijay.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour.

Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth was in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Virginia “Ginnie” Arthur

Ms. Virginia “Ginnie” Arthur, age 87, of Cisco, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Hamilton Medical Center.

Ms. Arthur was a member of Cisco Baptist Church. She was also a retired art teacher, and a former prep school basketball coach. She enjoyed traveling and learning the history of the places she visited.

Ms. Arthur was preceded in death by her father, Ernest C. Arthur; mother, Nannie Lou Arthur; sister, Glenn Alice Ewald; brothers, Gerald and Frank Arthur.

Survivors include brother, Travis Arthur, of Chatsworth; sisters and brother-in-law, Jane Pugmire of Dawnville and Ann & Roy Perry, of Chattanooga, TN; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 3 p.m. from the Fairy Valley Cemetery with DeWayne Spearman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cisco Baptist Church, 13745 N 411 Hwy, Cisco, GA 30708.

Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth is in charge of the arrangements.

Georgia quota hunt applications accepted starting June 1

SOCIAL CIRCLE  – Beginning June 1, hunters can apply electronically for quota hunts including adult/child, deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and many others, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

“Are you hoping to get to hunt the area of your choice? If so, be sure to take note of quota hunt deadlines and get that application in before that date,” says Tina Johannsen, Assistant Chief of the Game Management Section with the Wildlife Resources Division.  “Quota hunts allow for a specific number of hunters are on a particular area and provide for excellent hunt opportunities.”

A quota hunt is a scheduled event at a Wildlife Management Area or other state-managed property where a limited number of hunters are allowed.  Quota levels are based upon the sound principles of wildlife management and public desires for a quality hunt.  These hunts provide a challenging and rewarding experience to hunters of all levels.  Selected hunters must be properly licensed to participate in a quota hunt.

Applying for a Quota Hunt is simple. Visit and select “Quota Hunts” and follow the steps to complete your application.  Make sure that your email is current and correct in order to receive quota updates, confirmations or any notices about quota hunts.

Application deadlines vary depending on hunt type. The first deadlines are July 15 for Alligator, August 15 for Dove (including Adult/Child hunts), and September 1 for all types of Deer Hunts (including Adult/Child hunts). Check the complete deadline list located at

To view selection odds, based on previous years’ applicants, visit

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Kemp to let bars, summer school open

By Beau Evans
Staff Writer
Capitol Beat News Service

Gov. Brian Kemp moved Thursday to relax broad social restrictions in Georgia on bars, nightclubs, summer school classes and overnight summer camps in the coming weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Kemp also announced he will extend the public health emergency in Georgia through July 12, granting him powers to continue issuing executive orders.
The latest pulling back of business restrictions comes amid a bump in positive coronavirus cases in recent days prompting caution from local health experts concerned about people returning too quickly to normal behavior.
At a news conference, the governor said “encouraging data” trends in the number of positive coronavirus cases and hospitalizations convinced him it was time to start slowly reopening more businesses.
“We remain encouraged by the numbers that we are seeing in testing, hospitalizations and a wide variety of other data points across the state,” Kemp said.
In an executive order the governor signed Thursday, bars and nightclubs will be allowed to reopen starting June 1 after nearly two months of closures, so long as establishments meet strict rules. Restrictions include limiting occupancy to 25 patrons or 35% of a building’s occupancy and only serving drinks to seated patrons or in designated areas.
Summer school classes will be allowed starting next month if schools can keep students separated in classrooms and routinely sanitize facilities. Overnight summer camps will be permitted starting May 31 under similar sanitizing and social distancing requirements.
Live performance venues will remain closed for the foreseeable future, though Kemp said he is working with businesses owners on a reopening plan.
Kemp also announced businesses like restaurants and other gathering spots will be allowed to have larger groups of up to 25 people if they keep six feet of space between them starting in June. The six-foot rule has applied for several weeks to groups of up to 10 people.
Additionally, the governor is allowing amusement parks, water parks, carnivals and circuses to reopen under several restrictions starting June 12. Sports leagues will also be permitted to hold practices starting June 1 and must abide by guidelines that the leagues themselves have drafted, Kemp said.
As of 1 p.m. Thursday, more than 45,000 people had tested positive in Georgia for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel strain of coronavirus that sparked a global pandemic. The virus had killed 1,962 Georgians.
Kemp and health officials attributed a bump in positive COVID-19 cases seen on the state Department of Public Health’s website in recent days to a large backlog of old test results the agency received from private labs over the weekend.
The state’s public health commissioner, Dr. Kathleen Toomey, backed Kemp’s decision to ease business restrictions, citing the state’s bolstered testing capacity and the hiring of 800 contact tracers tasked with charting an infected person’s web of physical interactions.
“I felt very comfortable … particularly because the data trends have been staying very, very favorable,” Toomey said Thursday.
Ahead of Kemp’s news conference, leading health experts at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta urged people to continue keeping their distance from each other even as social restrictions begin to relax.
“This pandemic is not over just because a politician is saying it’s safe to get out,” said Dr. Carlos del Rio, who chairs the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. “I think there are important economic decisions that need to be made, but what I would tell people is … take care of yourselves, practice social distancing, be careful.”
“The data tells me that I should probably continue sheltering in place,” he added. “I’m not ready to go to a restaurant yet.”
Del Rio, who previously criticized Kemp for waiting too long before ordering Georgians to shelter-in-place, said he expects to see positive COVID-19 cases rise as people interact with each other more and testing increases.
He and a colleague at Emory, Dr. Colleen Kraft, said people need to weigh how comfortable they are exposing themselves or family members to the virus. Kraft, an associate chief medical officer at Emory, said the state should start gaining a better picture of whether cases are on the rise “within the next month.”
In the meantime, Kraft said Georgians should consider viewing their social habits within a “coronavirus circle,” by which she meant the number of other people someone could potentially expose by ignoring social-distancing practices.
“The bottom line is you need to be aware of keeping yourself safe and other people safe,” Kraft said Thursday. “We’re in a country of personal choices, but you need to be sure that you’re being respectful to other people and their medical fragility.”

George J. Anderson

George J. Anderson, age 75, of Chatsworth, Georgia, (formerly of Williamsburg) departed this life on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at the Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center in Marietta, Georgia.  He was born on February 4, 1945, in Harlan, Kentucky, to the late Thomas and Edna (Parker) Anderson.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Clifford Dale Anderson, and a grandson, Darrell Randell Lawson Jr.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Brenda (Rose) Anderson, of Chatsworth, Georgia; children, Georgetta Anderson, of Chatsworth, Georgia, Kitty Reed, of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, Harold Ray Sharit, of Chatsworth, Georgia, Daisy Demeas, of Chicago, Illinois, George Allen Anderson and Connie Ellen Anderson, of Chicago, Illinois; grandchildren, Markie Dilbeck (Kyle), McKenzie Anderson, Alicia Amos (Brett), Cassie McGrue, Meggan Anderson, Brittany Anderson, Austin Edwards, Elvia Rustmen, Emma Gutierrec, Louisa Gutierrec, Sylvia Lenon, Nick Demeas, Georgina Demeas and Allyn Adams; six great-grandchildren, Mason Dilbeck, Reiley Amos, Karston Amos, Karley Amos, Jayleigh Amos and Brettley Amos;  several other great grandchildren; two brothers, Billy Ray Anderson (Robin) and Robert Anderson (Beth) of Williamsburg; four sisters,  Effie Bray (Garrett) of Corbin and Evelyn Wilson, Wanda Stephens and Alice Bowlin of Williamsburg; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends to mourn his passing.

Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2020, at Croley Funeral Home.

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2020, at the Croley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Junior Williams and Rev. Billy Ray Anderson officiating.  Following the Service, he was laid to rest in the Croley Addition of Highland Park Cemetery in Williamsburg.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Croley  Funeral  Home  of  Williamsburg,  Kentucky  in  charge  of  all  arrangements,  Jerry W. Croley and J.  Andrew Croley, Directors.

Mr. Charles “Glen” Brock

Mr. Charles “Glen” Brock, age 90, of Crandall, GA, passed away peacefully Friday, May 22, 2020.

 He was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Melba James Brock; most recent wife, Sarah Holland Crump; parents, John and Edna Green Lackey Brock; siblings, Verlie (Lester) Lea, Grace (Lafayette) Sampson, Oscar (Virginia) Brock, Mamie (HV) Dunn; brother-in-law, Taylor Morris; and sister-in-law, Billie Brock.

 Survivors include his children, Jennifer (Ricky) Timms, Eric (Laura) Brock, all of Crandall, GA and Jeff Brock of Chattanooga, TN; grandchildren, Zach (April) Timms, Karli Timms, Michaela Brock and Luke Brock all of Crandall, GA and Will (Haley) Brock of Smyrna, GA; two great-granddaughters, Jozie and Delilah Timms; siblings, Thomas Edward Brock and Jennie Brock Morris; sister-in-law, Priscilla (Charles) Fesperman. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 Glen had lengthy careers as a supervisor for the Duplan Corporation and Hardwick Stove Company, both in Cleveland, TN. He was a member of Calvary Baptist church in Crandall, GA, where he served as a deacon.

Mr. Brock was veteran of the Korean War and his interests were his family and working on the farm.

 Due to COVID-19, there was no visitation prior to an outdoor service on Sunday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in front of Sumach Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Curt Thomason officiating. He was buried at Calvary Baptist Church Crandall, GA.

Arrangements made with integrity by Shawn Chapman Funeral Home, Crematory and Monuments.

Nettie Mae Pritchett

Nettie Mae Pritchett, age 80, of Chatsworth, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020, at her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rossie Hight.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Pritchett; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Tracy Souther, of Dalton; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Clifford Thompson, of Chatsworth; brother, Clinton Hight, of Adairsville; sister, Betty Evans, of Adairsville; grandchildren, Aimee and Kevin Garner, Michael and Savannah Thompson, Mitchell Souther, and Mallory Souther and her fiancé, Jared Goswick; great-grandchildren, Hadleigh Thompson, Hayden Thompson, Beau Garner, Jackson Garner, and Emma Garner; and special caregiver, Celia Clark.

Graveside services for Mrs. Pritchett were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Murray Memorial Gardens.

Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth was in charge of the arrangements.

Georgia suffers record joblessness

  • ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today an April preliminary unemployment rate of 11.9 percent. The number of unemployed increased from 342,601 to 581,820. April’s numbers represent the highest one-month recorded increase and also the highest total unemployment on record. Georgia’s April 2020 number of unemployed is more than 80,000 higher than the height of the Great Recession of 2009-2010.
  • “This is the highest unemployment rate on record, eclipsing the previous high of 10.6 percent that occurred in December 2010,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “However, the cause of this high unemployment rate differs greatly from that of the previous record, and I have no doubt that we will recover just as quickly and get back to our record lows once again.”
  • Jobs were down 492,100 (-10.7 percent) over the month of April to 4,126,500, the lowest level since April 2014.  The leisure and hospitality sector, which includes the food services and drinking places and accommodation sectors, accounted for 206,700 of the job loss, 42 percent of the total.
  • Commissioner Butler said, “The surge in initial claims in accommodation and food services, retail trade, health care, manufacturing, and administrative and support services accounted for two-thirds of all initial claims processed.”
  • The GDOL announced it has issued over $3.1 billion in combined state and federal unemployment benefits in the past nine weeks.  Since the middle of March (week ending March 21, 2020), GDOL has processed 2,018,096 regular initial unemployment claims, more than the last five years combined (1.7 million).  Of these claims, 855,088 were valid as the claimant had earned enough reported wages to receive benefits. 651,000Georgians (86 percent of all those filing for unemployment) have already received their first payment. Of the remaining unpaid claims, many are still in the claims process awaiting eligibility determination. This also includes claims where duplicate claims have been filed, identification has been requested, excessive weekly earnings have been reported, or child support stops have been issued.  These claims require additional handling and the GDOL is working diligently to address many of these stops.
  • Last week, the GDOL issued over $55 million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments to individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, employees of churches, employees of non-profits, or those with limited work history who do not qualify for state unemployment benefits. 132,888 PUA applications were processed and were eligible for payment. Over 25,000 applications have been processed, but have still not requested a payment. Applicants must request a payment each week to be issued benefits.
  • GDOL processed 177,731 regular state UI claims last week, a decrease of 65,000 from the week prior.  These claims totaled $187,412,786 in benefits for the week and totaled $927,514,749 over the past nine weeks.Of the weekly total, 132,191 were employer filed claims, seventy five percent of all claims. The number of initial unemployment claims filed throughout the United States was 2.4 million last week, a decrease of 249,000 from the previous week’s revised level.
  •  In addition, the total federal funds issued for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, or FPUC, totaled over $545 million last week.  Over the past nine weeks, the GDOL has issued over $2.1 billion in FPUC federal funds. FPUC provides an additional $600 weekly payment to any individual eligible for any of the unemployment compensation programs – state and federal.
  • As of last week, the Georgia Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Balance was $1,795,322,812, down $752 million, or 30 percent, from the balance of $2,547,476,454 for week ending March 24.
  • At this time, the GDOL career centers are remaining closed to the public. All online services are still available as the staff continues to answer phones, return emails, and assist applicants. The GDOL will open offices to the public as soon as social distancing can be effectively implemented to protect both staff and customers.
  • The GDOL is also continuing to work with employers to get Georgians back to work.  Employers have been contacting the GDOL with job opportunities that are critical during this crisis – some in the workplace and others that can be done from home. Today, over 97,000 jobs are listed online at for Georgians to access. The GDOL offers online resources for finding a job, building a resume, and assisting with other reemployment needs.
  • Information on filing an unemployment claim, details on how employers can file partial claims, and resources for other reemployment assistance can be found on the agency’s webpage at