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Investigation on sexual assault looks at different possible locations


Superintendent and Sheriff have confidence PCMS is safe for all students



In comments this morning sheriff officials said the continuing investigation of a sexual assault first reported to have occurred at Pickens Middle School has been “broad” since the beginning, but confirmed they are looking at other locations in addition to the school.

Odds Are 1/140 Georgia Drivers Will Hit a Deer



Survey Shows Slight National Decline in Likelihood of Collision




     Atlanta, GA., Sept. 30, 2013 – The odds that an individual driver in the United States will crash into a deer during the next year have declined by 4.3 percent.  Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer,

calculates the chances of any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 174, compared with 1 in 167 the year before.* 

Update on sexual assault investigation

No clear suspect identified, investigation continuing

   Several details have emerged concerning the investigation that is centered at Pickens Middle School after a student says he was sexually assaulted in a bathroom there last week.

   In an interview with an Atlanta television station, the father of the student, whose name nor face was shown, indicated the son was in special education.

   Neither investigators nor the schools have confirmed any information about the identity of the student. But sources close to the case have acknowledged it has been very complicated compiling a sequence of events based on statements from the student.

   The victim has been to two forensic interviews to narrow down when and where the assault took place. Forensic interviews are conducted by specialists when the victims are either juveniles or have mental issues.

   Lt. Kris Stancil said Thursday that the sheriff office and schools have both poured all their resources into this investigation and they are drawing from additional resources of the GBI.


Sheriff's Office issues statement on sexual assault investigation




The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations on the sexual assault that was reported last week. The Pickens County Board of Education and the faculty of Pickens County Middle School have also been very helpful and cooperative throughout this investigation. We want to assure everyone that all available resources have been dedicated to bringing closure to this terrible crime. Our office has dedicated all detectives and additional deputies to ensure the case is thoroughly investigated and the students are safe within the school. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is working closely with our investigators and is taking the lead in this case.




Due to the nature of the crime and the age of the victim, we have asked the Pickens County Board of Education and the Pickens County Middle School to refrain from releasing any information to the media or to the public. We are aware this may be frustrating and appear that information is being withheld, but we want to remind everyone that this is an active investigation and we do not want any information to hinder the investigation. We also want to ensure that we protect the identity of the victim to the best of our ability.




In addition to their cooperation, the staff of the school has been working very hard to take all available steps to ensure that the children are safe. As the case progresses, we will continue to work closely with the Board of Education to provide a safe environment for our children to learn.




As additional updates become available, releases will be provided.  


Bluegrass championship back at Marble Festival


Sign up now to compete in Georgia State Bluegrass Championship


$1,000 to best band, $250 prize in individual categories









              In the world of bluegrass, few groups are better known or more widely respected than The Lonesome River Band.


             After their positive experience last year, the award-winning ensemble will again headline the 2nd annual Georgia State Bluegrass Championship, the newest and most exiting addition to the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce’s Georgia Marble Festival, held every October at Lee Newton Park in Jasper, Ga.  


While a treat in itself, the Lonesome River Band is just the icing on the cake for the championship, which will bring competition in five categories including fiddle, mandolin, flat-picking guitar, bluegrass banjo, and bluegrass band. Prizes should get any musician tuned up with $1,000 going to best band and $250 to winners in each individual contest.


Organizers are inviting bluegrass players of all ages to sign up for their chance to win big prize money and the title of Georgia State Bluegrass Champion. 


For musicians interested in competing, entry application, competition schedule and rules for the Georgia State Bluegrass Competition can be found at For more information about the 33rd annual Georgia Marble Festival, hosted by the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, visit or find “Georgia Bluegrass Championship” on Facebook for frequent updates and news about the competition.


            You can visit the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce at or contact them at 706-692-5600.


The Georgia State Bluegrass Championship will be held that Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, with the Lonesome River Band headlining at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.


Festival-goers can enjoy two days of bluegrass competition as well as the numerous other events and activities going on that weekend, including arts, crafts & food vendors, marble quarry tours, signature merchant booths, a children’s area, parade, bike ride, beauty pageant and much more.


Georgia Marble Festival organizers are granting admission to the LRB performance for the cost of entry into the festival, just $5 a head for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Children under 5 are free. Parking is also free and family weekend passes are available for $20. Veterans are $3.