Get Adobe Flash player


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. 



Dragons defeat Woodstock


                                                                                                                      Photo/Laiken Owens

  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.

Major personnel moves in three county offices


Animal shelter, planning & development, public works to get new directors

Pickens County Seal



    Following resignations from department heads in the Pickens animal shelter, the planning and development department and the public works department, the county has recently hired one new director with plans to fill the open positions in the coming weeks. 

See this week's print or online editions for the rest of this story. 




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.

Ellijay man hits big on lottery - for third time

 $1 million win follows previous $100K, $150K wins


ATLANTA – A third Georgia Lottery win is lighting up the holiday season for an Ellijay man who, most recently, has won a $1 million prize. James Griffies, 56, played the instant game 50X The Money to win his top prize.
The $1 million windfall is Griffies’ second this year, having first won $150,000 playing Fantasy 5 in May. He also won $100,000 in 2005 playing another Georgia Lottery instant game.