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Ga. inmate executed for 1994 murder

From the Attorney General of Georgia

The lawfully ordered execution of Joshua Daniel Bishop for the 1994 murder of Leverett Morrison was carried out this evening at 9:27 pm at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, Georgia. The sentence was carried out after the United States Supreme Court deniedBishop’s request for a stay of execution.

Information on Bishop’s crimes and case history can be found

Attorney General Sam Olens Settles Claims Against Two Sham Cancer Charities

Charities Dissolved and Leader Banned From Working for Non-Profits


     Today, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, along with the Federal Trade Commission and agencies from all 50 states have obtained a permanent injunction to dissolve two nationwide sham cancer charities and ban their president from profiting from any charity fundraising in the future under a settlement filed in court today.

Ed B’s sculpture takes Best in Show at Atlanta airport


    Visitors to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will see work from Pickens artist Ed Brackin on display, including his Best in Show winner “The Saxman.” 

Jasper-based artist Ed Brackin - owner of Ed B’s Studio 54 - hit the right note with “The Saxman,” his metal sculpture that was selected as Best in Show for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport’s National Arts Program Employee Art Exhibit.

Weapons carry licenses skyrocket

Probate office now a “one stop” permit shop

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Probate judge David Lindsey takes one of the last fingerprints on the outdated machine,

scheduled to be replaced.

     The number of weapons carry licenses issued in Pickens has exploded in the last five years, and even though  Probate Judge David Lindsey doesn’t think he’ll have to hire another employee, the high-volume of applications – up 178 percent since 2011 - is more than he’d anticipated.

Middle school building plans "wide open"


    Relocate or Renovate? The decision is still up in the air for Jasper Middle School on Church Street.


     It’s been almost a year-to-the day that the Pickens County school board voted to “phase out” the Jasper Middle School campus, which school officials say is overcrowded and in such poor conditions renovations aren’t worthwhile. 
    Still, BOE Chair Mike Cowart said the board is in the “infant stages” of planning for a new facility, and he doesn’t expect real traction for another year.

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