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Highway 515 wrecks up 53 percent

Below are images of four wrecks on Highway 515 from April, May and June of 2015.


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Statistics recently released by Georgia State Patrol Post #28 show a significant increase in crashes along the Highway 515 corridor in Pickens County over 2014 numbers. The week following this article saw another fatal wreck on Highway 515

For the full story including comments from the local GSP commander see print or online editions.

JeepFest roars out of the gate with new venue

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       Sheriff office staff Kris Stancil, Sheriff Donnie Craig and Wayne Cooley at the new JeepFest venue in Marble Hill. Organizers wanted an event where they could leave structures in place for several years.

     The annual Sheriff’s JeepFest got into high gear immediately for 2015 with 364 Jeep owners registering in the first 24 hours after web registration was activated.
    Total registrations, t-shirt/hat sales, camping reservations and other online commerce for the September 4-6 event generated $24,100 in the first day of business at their website.

Pickens jail housing Sandy Springs inmates

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     They are not here for the scenery but a group of what you might call forced tourists should be a boon for Pickens tax payers.
    Since June 1, the Pickens jail has played host to 20-25 prisoners every day from the city of Sandy Springs, with the city paying Pickens County $40 a day/per inmate.

Local Vet discusses Canine Flu outbreak

[Originally published online on May, 5, 2015]

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    By Dr. Lyn Lewis of Wayside Animal Hospital

     In the last few weeks my office has gotten a lot of calls about the canine flu epidemic in Chicago. It has been reported that well over a thousand dogs have been infected, and quite a few have died. Now it has been confirmed in four states and suspected in 10 more. It is unknown how many dogs may now be infected. Dogs have been presenting with a fever, lethargy, and coughing. The cases that have become