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Buy tickets now for JeepFest raffle


Submitted by George Kudrick
    The Pickens County Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit is raffling off a John Deere XUV590i Gator 4x4 and a 5 x 10 trailer. The drawing will be on Sept 4th at JeepFest.
    Tickets are $10, available at the Adult Detention Center, any auxiliary member, and during JeepFest. Auxiliary members will be set up this weekend at Sleep USA Mattress Superstore across from the RaceTrac gas station.
    The auxiliary’s mission is "To support the Pickens County Sheriff's Office and it's employees in times of sickness and hardships, and through those employees, support the citizens of Pickens County during a disaster."  Visit our web site at

Attorney Mark Miller pleads not guilty

But sees new charges and no bond
Mark-Miller---PickensMark Miller booking photo.

    Jasper attorney Mark Miller pleaded not guilty Tuesday to numerous financial theft and fraud charges before a visiting judge in Pickens court, but the hearing revealed that Miller will face at least two more sets of theft charges.
    Miller was denied bond for the foreseeable future in the court action Tuesday. Judge Richard Winegarden said he did not feel comfortable letting Miller out on bond. He noted specifically that Miller’s law office escrow account only has a balance of $225, which sounded suspiciously low and the judge questioned if there might be other funds elsewhere.

See full story in this week's print or online editions.

A look inside GBI’s child exploitation division

     GBI seal

     The same week a Pickens man was indicted on 26 counts of child molestation, aggravated sodomy, and a host of other nasty charges involving two very young victims, the GBI was investigating a child pornography case involving a different Pickens man who lived in Arbor Hills.    

Labor Dept. recruiting for Bartow auto-parts manufacturer

     ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help auto-parts manufacturer Constellium, LLC, recruit a number of workers for its plant in White.
     The company is recruiting three industrial maintenance technicians and three tooling technicians. Applicants should apply online. Those who are qualified will be invited to attend a recruiting session on Tuesday, Aug. 16, to be interviewed by the employer.

Parks on east and west ends could be coming soon


      Sheriff Donnie Craig has offered support in performing clean-up work to re-open two parks. Above, an unused ball field on Yellow Creek Road.


    An old, abandoned ball field in east Pickens, which dates back at least to the 1980s, is a shadow of what it was while in operation.
    The pitcher’s mound is still visible, but the playing field is overgrown with weeds. The scoreboard is rusted out and the announcer’s box looks flimsy and rotted from the outside. The field itself is located at the end of a narrow, overgrown pathway behind the Yellow Creek Volunteer Fire Station.