Press Release from Donald E. Craig, Sheriff
Pickens County Sheriff’s Office
On Sunday, April 17, 2011, our office received a report that a local church had been broken into. After an investigation, it was determined that someone entered into the church over the weekend by breaking a door. The individual, or individuals, then removed several expensive sound equipment items from the facility. Detectives from our office were able to locate several clues and will continue to work on this case from all available leads.
Please remain vigilant in monitoring your businesses, homes and churches to ensure that you do not become a victim of similar acts. We will continue to extra patrol our churches while we continue this investigation. If you have any information that you believe would assist in determining who these offenders may be, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 706-253-8935.
A tense end of Thursday’s school board meeting left high school principal Chris Williams without a contract for next year and Board member John Trammell warning the board may be going “down a slippery slope.”
Among the final items in a lengthy meeting was the board approving personnel recommendations. Unlike most board meetings, there was no executive session on the agenda for closed discussion. Thursday, Interim Superintendent Ben Arp presented a list of personnel recommendations which included all principals without reading any names or mentioning any position specifically.
When personnel came up on the agenda, Board member John Trammell first motioned that all the superintendent’s recommendations, including all principals, be approved.
Board member Dan Fincher asked for the motion to be amended to where high school Principal Chris Williams’ position be considered separately. After some discussion of procedure with the board and attorney Phil Landrum as to how amendments to motions are handled, the board voted three to two that Williams’ contract would be handled apart from all the other personnel recommendations.
The split on the board saw longer-serving Board Members John Trammell and Ervin Easterwood voting no to the separate action on Williams and the three board members elected in the most recent election, Wendy Lowe, Byron Long and Fincher, voting to move Williams’ contract to a separate item.
The board then voted to approve all other personnel recommendations with the same three-to-two bloc and then voted to not approve Williams’ contract with the same voting lines.
The only comment or discussion following this was Board member Trammell saying he had already discussed all he had to say and warning the board is “going down a slippery slope.”
A Jerusalem area man has been granted immunity from two murder charges and one aggravated assault charge after a judge ruled Wilburn Curtis Childers acted in self defense in the 2009 shooting death of his cousin and neighbor.
Superior Court Judge Amanda Mercier ruled last week in favor of Wilburn Curtis Childers that self defense justified the shooting of Charles Wayne Childers and that the formerly accused Childers would not face malice murder, felony murder or aggravated assault charges brought by the state.
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At right, The Talking Rock Council in deliberations at their April meeting.
"The governor's secretary called me today," reported Mayor Peter Cagle near the start of Talking Rock's town council meeting Thursday evening, April 7. "The change on the charter has all been approved through the state legislature. It's now gone to the governor's desk to be signed."
Changes to the Talking Rock town charter, asked for by the council and now awaiting Governor Deal's approval, would establish two things for Talking Rock town government. First, election cycles for council members would be staggered, so no election could ever seat a council wholly without governing experience.
The second change would establish a new way of manning any council seat or the mayor's chair left open by an untimely death or by resignation or removal. With the charter change, the empty chair would be filled without a special election, saving the town money.
Joy House founder Steve Lowe on the front porch of the boys home. The Christian ministry hopes to have this home completed by July so they can expand to serve more families.
“The reason I want to get this finished is I’m tired of turning boys away. For a year and a half, I’ve talked to a lot of families we couldn’t help as we just didn’t have space,” said Steve Lowe on the mostly finished boys’ home at the Joy House campus.
Lowe, the founder and executive director of the ministry/ school for teens, said the Joy House lacks $65,000 to complete the boys’ home, which will also house the school facilities for both boys and girls at the campus off Cove Road, near Bent Tree Drive.
The Joy House currently operates with a girls’ home that can house eight teens with temporary classrooms and offices for the ministry in the basement of that structure. Currently, four boys are housed at a smaller house that was on the campus property when the Joy House bought it.
The new building would allow the Christian ministry to double their capacity from four to eight boys.