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Fannin schools, sheriff investigating basketball game's tense ending

 Updated story in our e-edition includes comments from parents who were there.

pickens-county-schools-seal As parents and players on both sides are reeling from Saturday’s 8th grade boy’s regional basketball game between PCMS and Fannin County Middle School where a fight broke out after alleged racial slurs were yelled, administrators say they plan to address safety concerns for future games.

   Fannin County Superintendent Mark Henson said Monday afternoon that his office is trying to be proactive for future events, including this Monday night’s championship game where three resource officers and three referees will be on hand.

Fannin County Middle School’s gymnasium only has seating on one side of the gym, forcing spectators for both teams to sit side-by-side, and often enflaming already high tensions, especially at tournament level play.

 

Supreme court releases opinions on gruesome cases

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BELL V. THE STATE (S13A1337)

 

            The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence a young man received in DeKalb County for shooting and killing an innocent bystander who was sitting in his car at a traffic light.

Otis Nixon released after violating probation

     otis   Otis Nixon's recent booking photo from the

Pickens County Adult Detention Center.

     Mid afternoon Thursday, Jan. 22, former Atlanta Braves icon Otis Nixon was released from the Pickens County Adult Detention Center after being arrested for violating his probation. 

Propane prices rise as supplies run short

With more cold weather ahead and some delays in delivery,

homeowners should check proprane levels

 

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            As the second cold snap this year hit north Georgia this week, customers seeking to fill their propane tanks were faced with higher prices and a cap on how much they could buy from many distributors.

            Calls to area propane suppliers Friday morning showed prices ranging from $2.89 to $3.59 per gallon and one propane company representative said prices went “up 10 times in one week”.

            None of the six companies contacted Friday morning were taking new customers in an effort to ensure they could supply existing clients. Many were rationing deliveries to 100 or 150 gallons, down from a standard minimum delivery of 250 gallons, to make sure everyone who calls could get enough fuel to last through the bitter cold.

 

Cold weather brings woes for homeowners

Busted pipes, water damage spell doom

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        Global Restoration pumped more than 1,500 gallons of water from this commercial building after frigid weather froze the sprinkler system. Soaked ceiling tiles had to be removed as part of the restoration.
   

    Shawna Isaac’s son spent Monday insulating pipes in his mother’s home after frigid temperatures earlier this month left her with busted pipes and a soaked crawlspace.