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Friends, coach share memories of Pickens student killed in wreck

Jordan Simonds was the type of person “everyone wanted to know”  



Jordan Simonds knew how to touch everyone’s heart. “He was amazing,” says longtime friend. “He knew what life was about.” Photo courtesy of family

 Sixteen-year-old Jordan Matthew Simonds died Saturday, March 11 when the 2004 Jeep Liberty he was driving careened off an embankment on Salem Church Road.

Simonds, a PHS sophomore, was transported to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital and his 15-year-old passenger, Jed Groover, was taken by helicopter to Kennestone Hospital where he remains in intensive care. 

FFA plans equipment auction fundraiser

FFA Auction flyer

By:  Pickens County FFA Reporter


     The Pickens County FFA Alumni Chapter will be hosting their First Annual Equipment Auction on Saturday, March 25th at 10:00 a.m.  The location of the event will be the Old Lawson Chevrolet Lot just north of Quick Trip off of 515. 

Preschool bomb threat suspect arrested

Authorities blocked entrances to Japser First Baptist Church just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday after a bomb scare. 
     Press Release - Pickens County Sheriff's Office
On March 7th, the City of Jasper Police and Fire Departments received a call regarding a bomb threat being called into the First Baptist Church of Jasper. As they arrived and began the evacuation of the pre-school area, bomb dogs from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office were called in to check the building. In addition, JPD Detectives began gathering information and opened their investigation.
       Through their investigation, they were led to a suspect by contacting the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office. After learning of an already active warrant of the individual through Gordon County for Terroristic Threats and Acts, Detectives from the Jasper Police Department joined with Detectives from the Pickens Sheriff’s Office to serve the warrant on Mr. Vinh Bao Huynh Chau. Mr. Chau was located at his home on Matthews Road in Jasper, Georgia and was arrested without incident.
      After further investigation, detectives were then able to charge Mr. Chau with the bomb threat on the First Baptist Church. He is currently being held at the Gordon County Jail on the previous Terroristic Threats and has numerous felony warrants from the Jasper Police Department.
     A huge thanks to our partners with the Jasper Police Department, Jasper Fire Department, Pickens County Fire and EMS, and the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office. Thanks to their hard work, the individual responsible was taken into custody on the same day the incident occurred.

PHS sophomore killed in single car wreck

From Pickens Sheriff Press Release

Earlier this afternoon, a tragic automobile accident claimed the life of 16-year-old Jordan Simonds. Along with Jordan, a passenger was also injured and had to be flown to Kennestone Hospital.
The accident only involved one vehicle and it occurred on Salem Church Road. The Georgia State Patrol Responded and is conducting the investigation into the accident at this time.

Jordan was a Sophomore at Pickens High School and played on the PHS Football team. 

We are asking our community to keep the Simonds family, in your thought and prayers. We would also like to ask that everyone pray for the students and staff at Pickens High School as well. School officials are going to have additional counselors on hand at Pickens High School on Monday to assist with any grieving students. 

The passenger was also a juvenile and he was alert and speaking with First Responders on the scene. At this time, we are not releasing his name but can confirm that his family members have been contacted.

A comedy of epic proportions The Taming of the Shrew hits the mark for Tater Patch


     The cast of The Taming of the Shrew. The play continues for two more weeks and makes a perfect date night with witty dialogue on relationships.

Nan Nawrocki / Photo


That’s the one word that stuck in my mind after leaving Friday evening’s performance of The Tater Patch Player’s The Taming of the Shrew.

From actors who memorized hundreds of lines of Shakespeare’s dialogue to perform one of his most famous comedies to the absolutely stunning costumes that Audrey Kirsten and company stitched together from beautiful material that wouldn’t be out of place at The Globe Theatre in London, Tater Patch’s current production is not to miss.