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Woman shot, three arrested in Pickens home invasion

Victim knew attackers


The scene of the home invasion. photo/sheriff's office

Sheriff Office Press Release, staff reports

     A Lower Dowda Mill Road woman is in stable condition after being shot during an altercation in her home early Monday morning.
    According to a sheriff’s office press release, on February 15 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Pickens County Sheriff deputies responded to a shooting report on Lower Dowda Mill Road. Upon their arrival they located Breeanna Clark, the victim, and she appeared to be bleeding. In addition to Clark, two other adult males were in the residence.   
    Deputies learned that three individuals had come to the residence and forced entry, claiming they were there to retrieve some items. The nature of the items they were seeking has not be released.
   See this week's print or online edition for full story.

GDOL helping recruit 200 for highway and construction jobs

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help C.W. Matthews, a highway and heavy construction company, recruit about 200 workers for projects in middle and north Georgia. 
Construction projects are planned in Cartersville, Cumming, Dawsonville, Gainesville, Griffin, Macon, Marietta, Norcross, Rome and Stockbridge. 
The recruitment will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the company headquarters located at 1600 Kenview Drive in Marietta. 
The company will be hiring carpenters, drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), concrete finishers, distributors, equipment operators, foremen, pipe layers, superintendents and traffic-control coordinators. Some on-the-spot hiring opportunities will be available.
Due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, all applicants must be at least 18 years old.  
GDOL staff will be on site to assist applicants in the screening process. Applicants are encouraged to bring a resume and dress business casual to improve their opportunities for jobs.       
Job seekers planning to attend the recruitment are encouraged to visit to create an account and upload or create a resume. Having an Employ Georgia account expedites the interview process. 
For additional information about the jobs and their qualifications, or the recruitment, visit, and search for C.W. Matthews in the Featured Employer section or contact the GDOL’s Special Workforce Assistance Team (SWAT) by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   
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Pickens taxes stack up well compared to other counties


     Figures gathered by county government show that Pickens stacked up well when compared to nearby counties for having a low property tax rate for 2015.

     Pickens had a total property tax rate of 23.372 mills, comprised of .05 for state tax; 16.1 for schools and 7.222 for county government in 2015.
     See full story, including comments from Pickens' Chief Tax Appraiser Roy Dobbs, in our print and online editions.

Congressman Collins questions Windstream on service


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to telecommunications provider Windstream regarding their unsatisfactory and substandard service to their customers in the Ninth District of Georgia. Congressman Collins is requesting information from the company, which received government money from the Phase II Connect America Fund, as well as preferred tax status from the IRS, on why their service continues to underperform in Northeast Georgia, despite the federal government’s involvement.


The full text of the letter is below:

Barring state routes, roads “hazardous” on Wed.



Georgia Department of Transportation crews have been out in full force to treat icy roadways. Above, a truck makes its way east on Highway 53 in the Hill City area this morning around 8:30 a.m.

The county is urging anyone who does not need to be out to stay home, citing hazardous road conditions, especially on side and secondary roads.

         Pickens County Deputy EMA Director Rodney Buckingham said county crews are out spreading rock and salt, focusing on highly traveled roads like Steve Tate Highway, Yellow Creek Road and Talking Rock Highway. After these main arteries are cleared they will branch out onto secondary roads.