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KPB dedicates Memorial Park

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    KPB members at the park dedication Saturday: Back row (l-r)  Al Rothe, Mary Ann Rentz, Codi Van Atta, Gloria Proudfoot, Ron Jager; front row Stan Barnett, Carol Opdenhoff, Vered Kleinberger.

    Members of Keep Pickens Beautiful dedicated their Memorial and Honorary Garden, located in Lee Newton Park, Saturday.
    With perfect weather,  members gathered at the center of the area with natural stones and marble benches to look over the work of more than a decade to improve the former grassy field at the park. The KPB Memorial Park is adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce building, across the stream from the main field of Lee Newton Park.

Spooky assignment: investigate pet cemetery rules planning director told

Planning commission approves unusual Highway business to residential request


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The property in red has been recommended to be rezoned to residential by the planning commission.


    Planning and Development Director Richard Osborne got an assignment Monday that is very appropriate with Halloween approaching – research pet cemetery rules.
    Osborne told the planning commission at their October meeting that he had been contacted by Stanley Morris, of Philadelphia Road, inquiring about the county’s position on a pet cemetery.

More details emerge in teacher Snapchat-sex case

More search warrants being executed this week in Culbreth investigation. See our latest story.

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 Book in photo for Daniel Culbreth

 

Sheriff Press Release

Daniel Culbreth, a math teacher at Pickens High School, was arrested on Thursday night (October 6, 2016) for Computer Exploitation of Children and Sexual Assault by Persons with Supervisory Authority. The arrest came during an investigation into inappropriate communications with a student.

Led by Detective Steven Holmes of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, who also serves as an agent for the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, detectives began following up on a tip that Mr. Culbreth had been using the popular teen social media app Snapchat to communicate with female students.

Teacher pay in Pickens reported as the ninth highest in state

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     At a recent meeting of the Pickens County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Lula Mae Perry referenced an article published in the AJC back in August titled “Teacher Pay in Georgia: Which Georgia school system pays teachers most?” The article ranked Pickens with  the ninth highest paid teachers in the state, on average.
     Dr. Perry and the board appeared pleased with the ranking and expressed their support for teachers. The Progress followed up with a few questions to find out a little more about why teachers here make about $4,000 more annually than the state average of $54,750, and to learn how teacher pay is calculated.
     See this week's print or online edition for full story.

Vietnamese buying Georgia poultry farms

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    Minh Triet To, above, was born in Vietnam but now lives in Calhoun where he is building new chicken houses. To is part of a growing trend among Vietnamese to start poultry and other farming operations in the South.

 

    Minh Triet To, a Vietnamese man who has lived in the U.S. since 2001, is excited about the eight new chicken houses under construction on his Gordon County property.
    For To and the increasing number of Vietnamese and Asian families flocking to poultry and other types of farming in the southern U.S., chicken farms are lucrative and solid business moves.
    “The income is good,” said To, who also owns a nail salon and has rental properties with his wife. “It’s not up and down, like when the market broke down. The chicken farm keeps going, always going.”