Investigators were able to make an arrest late Friday for a bomb threat placed at Pickens Middle School earlier that day.
The sheriff’s office reported that they were able to trace back the phone call to a juvenile who has been charged.
Lt. Kris Stancil said they had initially suspected a juvenile and were able to find the source of the call even as they were searching the campus.
Details on whether the juvenile was a student at Pickens Middle school were not available.
A letter was sent home with students from PCMS principal Chris LeMieux stating the following, "This administrative letter is to inform you that the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department investigated a bomb threat phone call that was made from outside of Pickens County Middle School today. The building was secured by law enforcement, and school safety protocol was implemented. Students remained in a nonemergency lockdown while the school was searched and secured. Students resumed normal school activity after law enforcement and school officials were finished with their investigation."
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital has seen multiple admissions for flu this season and the severity of those cases are worse than in previous years, according to emergency room doctor Dr. Larry Simpson.
“The consensus in the emergency room is we’re seeing more flu cases than usual and the severity is worse than usual,” Dr. Simpson said.
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Damon Howell / Photo
One Fitts Road family made the most of this week's arctic cold snap with their very own homemade snow-making machine. Kenny Lyman built the machine after his third-grade daughter Samantha begged him for snow.
Budget overages led to diminishing fund/cash balances, according to report
At their January work session, the board of commissioners accepted a bid from Regions Bank for a $6 million Tax Anticipated Note, or TAN, to help fund 2014 operations.
TANs are short-term loans, which for several years have been used by the Pickens government to cover operating expenses. They have also been the subject of much public criticism the past two years.
TANs are typically originated in the beginning of January and must be paid off no later than December 31 of the same year.
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By William Dilbeck
Progress Weather Contributor
As you can imagine I've had several calls about the low temperatures that we have encountered and people are wondering what’s the lowest we have ever had in Jasper.
Well it happened not so long ago in January of 1985. It was -14, on January 21, 1985.