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Jasperse's gun bill signed into law


Gov. Nathan Deal signs GA House Bill 60 into law at the ETC Pavilion in Ellijay Wednesday. Also pictured, from left, are Georgia House Rules Committee Chairman John Meadows, District 68 Rep. Dustin Hightower, District 30 Rep. Emory Dunahoo Jr, District 11 Rep. Rick Jasperse (who represents Pickens County and sponsored the legislation commonly referred to simply as "the gun bill") and GA House Speaker David Ralston. 

Coverage courtesy of Michael Andrews, Ellijay Times Courier

Unemployment declines in region

 Northwest Ga. unemployment rate declines to 6.8 percent in March

March2014-unemployment The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region (which includes Pickens County) decreased to 6.8 percent in March, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in February. The rate was 8.3 percent in March a year ago. Pickens County was on average with its own unemployment rate projected at 6.8 percent.

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Samuri sword killer sentenced


    Joseph Mika Addis, 18, the boy charged with killing his step-father with a Samurai-style sword during an argument at a  Preserve at Sharp Mountain home in November of 2012, was sentenced in a Pickens juvenile court last week to serve a maximum of two years at a state facility.
    The sentence was handed out by visiting Judge Frank Fulford and places Addis in the hands of the Department of Juvenile Justice for a period of 34 months. Addis – who was 16 when the crime was committed - may be released after 12 months and placed on intensive supervision for the reminder of his sentence if he completes education goals created by the Department of Juvenile Justice.
     Pick up the print and online editions for comments from the district attorney and family of the victim.