Opinions issued in several high profile, gruesome murder cases
In this high-profile Gwinnett County case, the Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence given to a young woman who was 15 years old when she and her sister were charged with killing their adoptive mother.
Catherine O’Connell was 11 years old when Muriel O’Connell adopted her from a Guatemalan orphanage. A few years later, Muriel adopted a second daughter, Brenda, from the same orphanage. The girls were the same age, had known each other at the orphanage, and quickly formed a strong bond with each other. But their relationship with their mother gradually deteriorated. There were confrontations over cell phone bills and boyfriends, and Muriel told friends she feared for her life.
Library program packs serious benefits for kids
Abby will be at the library again Monday, Jan. 27.
By Laiken Owens
One of the many programs offered at the Pickens Library is READing Paws with Abby, a program that improves children’s reading and communication skills by reading to a highly trained animal.
READing Paws has now been at the library for two years thanks to volunteers Don Miller and his medium sized mixed-breed dog Abby. READing Paws, an affiliate of Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ), offers a relaxed, safe, nonjudgmental way for children to become motivated about reading.
Cold weather caused pipes to burst in ceiling of the PHS football field house.
By Eileen Steinhauer
Winter weather not only slowed the return of students to school last week, but it also caused major damage to the Pickens High School Football Field House.
According to Rick Little, Pickens County Director of Operations, due to the prolonged cold temperatures, water pipes in the ceiling of the Field House burst in seven different areas.
ATLANTA – As the Georgia Lottery Corp. celebrates its 20th anniversary, lottery officials today announced record proceeds to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014. The Georgia Lottery’s first-half transfers to the Lottery for Education Account will bring the total raised for educational programs in the state to $15 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.
Georgia Lottery returns to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014 totaled $462.1 million, more than $11.6 million ahead of the same period last year.
Monday evening the parking lot at the Pickens County Community Center was completely full. Basketball practice and yoga was happening in the main gyms while a karate class was underway in one of the back rooms.
Since it opened in 2011 the community center has become a popular facility for Pickens residents who use it for sports, meetings, wedding and baby showers, and a host of other events.