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Triple whammy impacts thrift store donations

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Shelves at the Community Thrift Store on Cares Drive sit empty after Christmas, the sluggish economy and winter storms.

 

The Pickens County Community Thrift Store was already feeling the pinch of families still reeling from Christmas debt and an unfriendly economy. Then came the “White Christmas snows” followed by the post-Christmas ice storms that locked down the area for days.

“This after-Christmas period is traditionally a slow season for donations,” explained Thrift Store founder Don Russell.  “But factor in the economy and the weather and our intake is way down.”

Clean out…a cure for winter blues:

With more of winter’s freezing winds just around the corner, the need for warm clothing has never been greater. Russell suggests that this might be a good time to clean out the attic or closets, bag up those items people have been meaning to get rid of, and bring them to the Thrift Store. “If people have items they mean to donate, the time to do it is right now,” he emphasized.

Store still offers a good selection of bargains:

Son-in-law arrested in double murder Wednesday

Press Release from Sheriff Donnie Craig

On February 9, 2011 at approximately 12:25 am, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home invasion on Long Swamp Church Road in the east side of Pickens County. Upon arrival, it was found that one person was dead on the scene from apparent gunshot wounds. Her husband also had multiple gunshot wounds and was transported immediately to Kennestone Hospital in Kennesaw Georgia. Once at the hospital, the second victim passed away.

The victims were Raymond Campbell, age 55, and Cynthia Campbell, age 53.


The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office began working a joint case with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations immediately. Through the investigation, an arrest has been made. Ben Thomas Abbott, the son-in-law of both victims, has been charged with two counts of Murder at this time.



Due to the nature of an ongoing investigation, we are not able to release any more information, stated Sheriff Donnie Craig.

 

Chronology of other stories:

 Two Dead in Home Invasion-- February 9, 2011

Son in Law Arrested in Double Murder Wednesday --   February 9, 2011

Son in Law confessed to GBI agent in double murder case, according to first court hearing-- February 11, 2011

Death Penalty Sought for Ben Thomas Abbott -- June, 15, 2011 print edition for full story 

Abbott pleads not guilty to in-laws’ murder September 2011

Abbott shows no remorse -- reprint from Times Courier

Tate Elementary wins regional reading bowl

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Students from Tate Elementary's reading bowl team celebrate their first place finish at the regional level Saturday.

The team competed against schools from across North Georgia by answering questions on books from a list used by all teams.

The team from Pickens High finished second at the high school level of the competition on the same day.

Both teams will advance to the next round in the statewide competition.

Two dead in home invasion

Press Release from Sheriff Donnie Craig

Wednesday at approximately 12:25 a.m., the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home invasion on Longswamp Church Road. Upon arrival, it was found that one person was dead on the scene from apparent gunshot wounds. Her husband also had multiple gunshot wounds and was transported immediately to Kennestone Hospital in Kennesaw Georgia. Once at the hospital, the second victim was also pronounced dead.

 

At this time, names are not being released until family members can be contacted.

 

Detectives from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office are working a joint case with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations at this time.

 

Sheriff Craig said he will release more informatin as it becomes available.

Above, the Pickens Coroner vehicle and a GBI crime scene unit at the home of a double slaying Wednesday in the Longswamp Church area.

 

Chronology of All Stories on case

Chronology of other stories:

 Two Dead in Home Invasion-- February 9, 2011

Son in Law Arrested in Double Murder Wednesday --   February 9, 2011

Son in Law confessed to GBI agent in double murder case, according to first court hearing-- February 11, 2011

Death Penalty Sought for Ben Thomas Abbott -- June, 15, 2011 print edition for full story 

Abbott pleads not guilty to in-laws’ murder September 2011

Abbott shows no remorse -- reprint from Times Courier

Accessibility of elections office questioned at commissioner’s meeting

Speaking at the January commissioner’s meeting, Pickens resident and Pickens County TEA Party Public Information Officer Nancy Davis expressed concern that the future location of the Pickens County Elections & Registration Office (shown above) is not “voter friendly.”

According to Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts, the office will be relocated from the Pickens County Administration Building on East Church Street into a building on Pioneer Road, formerly the Hair Hutch, beginning March 21 of this year.

Roberts said the office will continue to conduct the same functions it currently serves, including voter registration and early voting.

 

“I am handicapped, and there is insufficient parking,” Davis said, adding that the majority of parking at the former Hair Hutch is on a slant, and further that when backing out from the building, voters will be pulling into a main road with heavy traffic from Chattahoochee Technical College.

Davis said Pickens has a large senior voting population she feels will have difficulty at the new building because of its limited parking.

“It could be used as early voting, but it’s not a precinct,” Jones reminded. “Voters still have to go to their polling places. It’s not like we’re segregating anybody out.”

Pickens County Attorney Phil Landrum, III said the county opted to relocate the office following an ethics complaint filed in 2009 in which the county was accused of violating the prohibition against campaigning within 150 feet of a polling place.