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County EMA thanks public for staying home, praises county/emergency crews for “pitching in”

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  Friday night proved pretty uneventful with the public heeding warnings to stay of the roads, said Deputy EMA director for Pickens County Rodney Buckingham.

  “I want to thank the public; they heeded warning and stayed home,” he said. “I am not aware of any serious problems that occurred.

  Buckingham was also quick to praise the work of the county road crews, and emergency personnel. “The county road crews were quick to get to the trouble spots and do what they could with the conditions. Our fire and sheriff personnel took care of downed trees on the roads. They all pitched in and worked together. It’s one of the great things about living in Pickens County.”

  For tonight: Buckingham said things are definitely melting off with the sun, but cautioned the temperatures are not predicted to get above freezing until Sunday afternoon. He said all this moisture will likely freeze up again.

  All roads are open as of about 11 a.m. Saturday, but there are going be icy patches.

            

Don’t Wait on Iowa, Georgians Can Vote Now

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Voting in Georgia for the Presidential Preference Primary began 20 days ahead of the Iowa Caucuses, and 28 days ahead of the February 8, New Hampshire Primary date. Georgians who want to vote now for a presidential candidate in the Democrat or Republican Preference Primaries can do so by voting a mail-in absentee ballot.

“In Georgia, we have a very responsive system for the public that allows voters to cast their ballot at their convenience. This, paired with our Online Voter Registration website (OLVR), gives unprecedented access to the polls for Georgia voters,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Georgia law allows for “no fault absentee voting” so registered voters can request a mail-in absentee ballot from their local elections office for any reason up to 45 days ahead of a federal election date. Georgia’s Presidential Preference Primary is scheduled for March 1 as a part of the regional “SEC Primary”.

Good Sam encourages sign ups at healthcare.gov

good-sam 6490    Good Sam has brought on Myrna Denson as an outreach and enrollment assister.
   

If you are without health insurance, the local Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Clinic encourages you to log on to healthcare.gov before the January 31st deadline expires or you will face penalties for remaining uninsured.

Former Waleska manager arrested for theft of city funds

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Cherokee Sheriff’s detectives have arrested the former Waleska City Manager Aimee Abernathy, 43 years old of Cartersville, following a 4 week investigation into missing city funds. Abernathy is accused of making fraudulent payroll payments to herself in an excess of $14,000.00 during the almost 5 years she served as city manager. Abernathy is also accused of using the city’s Master Card and Staple’s account for personal purchases totaling approximately $8,000.00. 

            Abernathy, who resigned her position in late October 2015, turned herself into deputies at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center Thursday afternoon. Abernathy is charged with 2 counts of Felony Theft by Taking. She remains in custody with a $60,818.00 bond.

            This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges are possible.

Kilpatrick named 2016 STAR Student

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     Hannah Kilpatrick has been named the 2016 STAR Student of Pickens High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR Program.  Kilpatrick is the daughter Rex and Beverly Kilpatrick of Jasper. She has selected Mrs. Christine Westbrook as her STAR Teacher.