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Deputy returns fire, injures man, at domestic call

 Press release from sheriff office sheriff-logo

  On December 24th at approximately 9:15 p.m., a 911 call was received by the Pickens County Emergency Dispatch Center regarding a domestic dispute on Bethany Road.


   Deputy Ryne Kirkland and Deputy Travis Curran responded to the residence of Ned Womack and attempted to make contact with him at the front door of the home. While knocking on the door, they heard an individual in the back yard. As they approached the yard, they observed a male subject, later identified as Ned Womack.

Major personnel moves in three county offices

Animal shelter, planning & development, public works to get new directors

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    Following resignations from department heads in the Pickens animal shelter, the planning and development department and the public works department, the county has recently hired one new director with plans to fill the open positions in the coming weeks. 

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Jasper prepares for New Year party on Main Street


    Jasper’s New Year’s Eve celebration organizer Lonnie Waters said the city has a lot to live up to if they’re going to top last year’s party on Main Street.

“What’s scary is we’ve heard from people that last year was perfect and how on earth are we going to do better?” Water said. “Law enforcement reported no issues and we didn’t have any

Ellijay man hits big on lottery - for third time

 $1 million win follows previous $100K, $150K wins


ATLANTA – A third Georgia Lottery win is lighting up the holiday season for an Ellijay man who, most recently, has won a $1 million prize. James Griffies, 56, played the instant game 50X The Money to win his top prize.
The $1 million windfall is Griffies’ second this year, having first won $150,000 playing Fantasy 5 in May. He also won $100,000 in 2005 playing another Georgia Lottery instant game.