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Pickens mother fears for son’s life; pleads for help

Updated: Body of missing person found in Gordon County.



John Wood Jr.

          Pickens resident Sherry Ainsworth said her 22-year-old son John Wood Jr. was set to move to Arkansas from his apartment in Calhoun, Ga., this past Saturday, but the distraught mother said she hasn’t seen or heard from him in over a week.

             “I’m sick with worry,” said Ainsworth, who tearfully described an unsettling series of events that were uncovered after she filed a missing persons report with Gordon County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, July 28. “It’s not like him at all to not call for so long. We talked every day to the point that I had to tell him, ‘Son, I need to get some work done.’”

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Pickens County unemployment drops over past year


By Meagan Hurley
Staff Writer
    According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Pickens County unemployment rates have dropped significantly over the past year, and have slightly decreased in the past month. 
    As of June, the Pickens County labor force was at 14,170, with 13,236 employed and 934 unemployed. But just a year ago in June 2013, the labor force was at a lower 14,106, with