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Pilot killed in plane crash


plane crash


A plane crash killed a student pilot tonight near the Jasper airport. The plane came to rest within feet of the Hometown Home Health building on Salem Church Road. No one else was on board and no one on the ground was injured.

            Early reports from the scene indicate it was student pilot who was not from Pickens County in a Tomahawk plane. [Updated, the name of the pilot was released by the coroner after the family was notified Thursday night, as Michael Joseph Hughes, 21, of Blairsville.]

            The scene has been secured by local emergency crews until federal aviation officials can arrive. The call came in at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, officials from the FAA were expected at the scene.


Lee New sworn in as Drug Task Force Commander


L-R: The Drug Task Force Control Board Members:  B. Alison Sosebee, District Attorney; Larry Callahan, Chief of Police of East Ellijay; Dane Kirby, Sheriff of Fannin County; Lee New, Commander of Drug Task Force; Donnie Craig, Sheriff of Pickens County.  Not pictured is Stacy Nicholson, Sheriff of Gilmer County.


On October 5, Mr. Lee New was sworn in as the new Commander of the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force by the Honorable Brenda S. Weaver, Chief Judge of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. The Drug Task Force combats illegal drug activity in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties and is supported by each of the Sheriff’s Offices and the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Office of District Attorney.

Pickens Sheriff deputies reunite missing juvenile with worried family


Group of gingseng hunters on Burnt Mountain

became separated, lost

Pickens Sheriff Press Release 


On Friday, October 2nd, deputies responded to a trespassing report at a residence on Sunrise Ridge Road off of Hwy 136 in Jasper. 

Upon arriving, they learned that a homeowner had arrived home and found two males in the garage area of his residence asking to borrow his phone. The homeowner stated that they ran off when he told them that he was calling 911. He described the individuals as an adult and a juvenile with a dog.

At the same time, another deputy located another individual, later identified as Brandon Sanford, walking on Hwy 136, near the scenic overlook. While speaking with him, the deputy learned that he had outstanding warrants from Gilmer County for failure to appear in court.


Homecoming parade Monday revives PHS tradition


DragonNation, PHS is bringing back the Homecoming parade tradition with the 2015 October 12th at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street, bonfire following at Lee Newton park.

By Tucker Green

PHS student, Dragons Lair News

As Pickens High School is the only high school in a tight-knit community, this means PHS receives lots of high-spirited support! With that support comes a long line of history, memories and richly embedded traditions. When you ask Pickens High alumni about some of their greatest school memories, there is a good chance Homecoming week will come to mind. For decades Homecoming week was filled with week-long celebrations for the school and community coming together. 

Homecoming week in the past usually started out with grade level competitions of hall and float decorations. Every grade, club and sports team would spend hours together making floats to “out do” one another.

Fall festivals underway at county schools


 Hill City Elementary students got their pumpkin decorating on at the annual fall festival held last Friday, Oct. 2. The school was a packed house, with students and parents taking part in classic fall festival activities like cake walk and ring toss, as well as new additions like the mobile video game truck. Other schools in the system are holding their festivals in the coming weeks.