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Good Samaritan sponsoring mental health first aid training


The Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center in Jasper is sponsoring a free eight-hour course to help those who encounter a person in a mental or emotional crisis, an occurrence more likely to happen than encountering a heart attack victim.


Mental disorders are more common than heart disease and cancer combined. The program is designed to help those who complete the course to assist persons with mental health needs and connect them to support and care.

Updated - Bethany man dies from gunshot wounds

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office / PHOTO

A deputy stands watch at a Bethany Road home Christmas Eve. The owner was shot after he first fired at deputies.


Latest update -- Deputies returned to active duty. GBI still wrapping up their investigation. Read story from our Jan. 8th e-edition.


UPDATED --  A friend of the Womack family informed the Progress Monday that Ned Womack passed away yesterday morning, Sunday, Jan. 4. Womack had been in critical condition since he exchanged gunfire with Pickens deputies on Christmas Eve. When contacted, Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig said, “Our prayers go out to the family. It is very unfortunate. Now you have a family without a father.”

       Pickens sheriff officials say their investigation into why a well-liked Bethany Road mechanic shot at two deputies on Christmas Eve turned up no solid motive.

Ned Womack, 47, remained in critical condition on Monday with wounds to the torso and head after being shot by Deputy Ryne Kirkland in an exchange of gunfire after the deputies responded to a domestic dispute call at his residence.

        See the print or online edition for the full story. 



Check license expiration date as New Year begins


     As the New Year begins, Commissioner Rob Mikell, Department of Driver Services (DDS), recommends checking the expiration date of your Georgia driver’s license or ID Card.
     “Please check the expiration date of your license or ID, and plan ahead if you are expiring in 2015. Not waiting until the last minute plus having all the necessary documents ready ensures a smooth experience when you visit,”

said Commissioner Mikell. “Best wishes for a safe and healthy Holiday Season.”

     Pre-Apply Online is a convenient way to make your visit to our office go smoothly.  Fill out the DDS Application anywhere, anytime and from any device including smartphones.   The submitted information populates directly to the mainframe, reducing data entry time and any potential typing errors at the time of service.

Dragons defeat Woodstock


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  Shannon Brooks led the way with 18 points in the Dragons win over AAAAAA Woodstock.

 In a non-region contest over Christmas Break, Pickens would defeat AAAAAA foe Woodstock 62-59. 

The game would begin as a “back-and-forth” affair as Pickens would hold a one-shot lead after the first quarter 10-9. The Woodstock Wolverines would catch fire in the second, making just about everything they shot.

Deputy returns fire, injures man, at domestic call

 Press release from sheriff office sheriff-logo

  On December 24th at approximately 9:15 p.m., a 911 call was received by the Pickens County Emergency Dispatch Center regarding a domestic dispute on Bethany Road.


   Deputy Ryne Kirkland and Deputy Travis Curran responded to the residence of Ned Womack and attempted to make contact with him at the front door of the home. While knocking on the door, they heard an individual in the back yard. As they approached the yard, they observed a male subject, later identified as Ned Womack.