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UPDATED: Mold forces Pickens DFCS office closure

           Problem highlights ongoing issues with building, say board members


The sign posted on the Pickens County DFCS office in Jasper on Monday morning.

     The Pickens County DFCS office closed Monday morning, July 28, after black mold was found inside the Chambers Street building, according to DFCS Board members.

Local purse theft tied to statewide ring

 “Some days they don’t get anything and some days [the thieves] rack in thousands of dollars.”

Robyn-dumpster-divingThis past June Pickens resident Robin Pitkins had her purse stolen from her car in broad daylight. Authorities have found the theft to be tied to a statewide ring.
    A purse stolen from a local church parking lot earlier this summer has now been linked to a statewide theft ring with ties to Utah as well, according to Sergeant Matt Dawkins with the Jasper Police Department. 

Body recovered after burning car crashes on Ball Ground Highway


From Cherokee Fire services

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a car fire Wednesday night on Ball Ground Highway (Highway 372), near the intersection of Dodd Lane.

 According to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy, a couple was traveling west bound on the highway when they noticed a vehicle coming in the opposite direction that was on fire.  The couple turned their car around to go back and check on the vehicle and later noticed that the car had left the highway, went through a pasture fence and traveled approximately 240 feet before crashing into a ditch.


GDOT makes repairs on SR 53 in downtown Jasper


GDOT crews repair a bump at the intersection of Highway 53 and Main Street.

Friday morning, July 25, a Georgia DOT crew was at the intersection of Highway 53 and Main Street in downtown Jasper performing maintenance to the state route.

Child porn suspect commits suicide

   The Progress learned this morning that the Pickens man charged with possession of child pornography last week committed suicide over the weekend at a Marietta hotel with a gunshot. Thomas Rodriguez was released from the Pickens jail on July 17th on a $15,000 bond.


  Captain Sherman McEntire with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they were notified by the Marietta Police to deliver a death notification to the family Saturday, July 19.