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A look inside GBI’s child exploitation division

     GBI seal

     The same week a Pickens man was indicted on 26 counts of child molestation, aggravated sodomy, and a host of other nasty charges involving two very young victims, the GBI was investigating a child pornography case involving a different Pickens man who lived in Arbor Hills.    

Parks on east and west ends could be coming soon


      Sheriff Donnie Craig has offered support in performing clean-up work to re-open two parks. Above, an unused ball field on Yellow Creek Road.


    An old, abandoned ball field in east Pickens, which dates back at least to the 1980s, is a shadow of what it was while in operation.
    The pitcher’s mound is still visible, but the playing field is overgrown with weeds. The scoreboard is rusted out and the announcer’s box looks flimsy and rotted from the outside. The field itself is located at the end of a narrow, overgrown pathway behind the Yellow Creek Volunteer Fire Station.

Dragons roll in first scrimmage

PHS Dragons football preview  - Looking for that “12th game”


    The 2016-2017 PHS Dragons Football Team

Update  - The Dragons won big time in Friday's scrimmage, 41-0 over Coosa. See Sports in this week's edition for a complete report.     


With the summer coming to an end the beginning of football season is right around the corner. The Pickens Dragons are coming off back-to-back 8-3 seasons and hoping to build off of that momentum and do something that no team in Pickens County has ever done, and that is play in a 12th game.       

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" on the stage



    Patrick Hall (right) and John Tinsley as guys bragging about their great dates.

By Nan Nawrocki

    Tater Patch Players presentation of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, a musical opens this Friday. There are only four actors in the cast:  John Tinsley, Buffy Bezdek, Patrick Hall and Vanessa Stancil. But together they will introduce you to dozens of the funniest and most familiar folks you'll ever see on stage. 

A list of Georgia athletes at Rio Olympics

Senator Perdue congratulates Georgians participating in 2016 Games


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today congratulated the Georgia athletes representing Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, which begin tonight with the Opening Ceremony.  


“The athletic ability of our Olympic athletes is staggering. In a time where our world is faced with turmoil, it is inspirational to see countries come together to enjoy our shared love of sports and comradery. Bonnie and I wish our fellow Georgians and Team USA the best of luck, and we hope to see several gold medals come home to Georgia.”


Georgia’s Team USA Competitors:


  • Jenny Arthur of GainesvilleWeightlifting (69 kg.)
  • Gunnar Bentz of Atlanta, Swimming (4x200m Free)
  • Kristi Castlin of Atlanta, Track and Field (100m Hurdles)
  • Christian Coleman of Atlanta, Track and Field (4x100m)
  • Glenn Eller of Columbus, Shooting (Double Trap)
  • Yijun Feng of Alpharetta, Table Tennis (Singles, Team)
  • Vincent Hancock of Eatonton, Shooting (Skeet)
  • Matt Kuchar of Sea Island, Golf
  • Jay Litherland of Greensboro, Swimming (400m IM)
  • Maya Moore of Atlanta, Basketball (Forward)
  • Kelley O’Hara of Fayetteville, Soccer (Defender)
  • Christian Taylor of Fayetteville, Track and Field (Triple Jump)
  • Amanda Weir of Lawrenceville, Swimming (4x100m Free)
  • Kendell Williams of Kennesaw, Track and Field (Heptathlon)