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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.

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.


Life sentence for man who murdered transexual prostitute upheld by Supreme Court


Published Monday, October 5, 2015

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .

    The Supreme Court of Georgia has reversed the judgment against a Dodge County man who was convicted of intimidating court officers and animal cruelty.
In today’s unanimous opinion, Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines writes for the Court that the acts of intimidation against the court officers did not constitute “true threats” of violence and therefore were protected by the First Amendment’s right to free speech.

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.


Gas prices stay steady


     October 5- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have not moved  in the past week, averaging $2.15/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.29/g, according to gasoline price website

     Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 113.8 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 10.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 11.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 99.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.