Motion to make Demorest a Second Amendment Sanctuary City Fails Council Approval

Demorest will not become a Second Amendment Sanctuary City, at least not for now.

A motion by Councilman Shawn Allen Tuesday night to adopt a resolution giving the city that designation failed for lack of a second.

Mayor Rick Austin discussed the issue after the meeting.

:45 {AUSTIN: “The Second Amendment, as I said last week, does not take a secondary role to any of the amendments. They’re all of equal weight. There have been over 400 governmental entities across the United States that have implemented some type of statement saying that we’re not going to regulate the Second Amendment to a lesser amendment. I’ve heard the argument made multiple times that our founding fathers could never have envisioned the weapons that are available today, but neither could our founding fathers have ever dreamed of the expression of the First Amendment through things like Twitter and Facebook and radio.”}

Austin said the failure to adopt the resolution will not change how the city operates.


A White County high school graduate was struck and killed by a car in Buckhead over the weekend and police are still looking for the driver.

Atlanta police said 28-year-old Ethan Oliver McCallister of Smyrna, formerly of Cleveland, died Saturday, April 3.

He was 2011 graduate of White County High School and a 2016 graduate of Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He worked as a superintendent for Turner Construction. 

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the chapel of Barrett Funeral Home in Cleveland, with burial to follow in Yonah View Memorial Gardens.


Habersham County Sheriff’s Corporal Kris Hall is thankful an incident involving him on Ga. 365 Friday night ended safely.

Hall stopped to help a stranded motorist when the side mirror of a passing vehicle struck the door of his patrol car.

0:14 {HALL: “As soon as I went to step out, I opened the door, put my leg out and bam! A car came by and I heard it hit the side of my car. I got back in and ended up stopping that motorist and her side mirror had actually hit my car door.”}

Hall was not hurt and his vehicle was not damaged. He cited the driver for a violation of Georgia’s Move Over Law.


And, guardrails are now complete on the New Liberty Road culvert replacement project. The road had been closed after floodwaters undermined it, but reopened two weeks ago.