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One step at a time: Hales keeps positive attitude during recovery

“Not once has he been down,” said Sgt. Hales’ wife. “He has a peace that something great will come from this.”
Rick-Hales     Pickens County Sheriff Sgt. Rick Hales and his wife Selina take recovery day by day.

It’s been almost two months to the day that Pickens County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Hales was severely injured in an on-duty accident – but his wife Selina said her husband’s fighting spirit, strong faith and overwhelming support from the community are helping the recovery process move along.

See this week's print or online editions for the full story about Sgt. Hales' recovery.

Execution Date Set for Daniel Anthony Lucas, Convicted of Murder

An execution date for Daniel Anthony Lucas has been set for April 27, 2016. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Daniel Anthony Lucas for the 1998 murder of eleven-year-old Bryan Moss, fifteen-year-old Kristin Moss, and their father Steven Moss.

Recycle tires for free in April


[Correction: An earlier version of this article indicted different size tires were being accepted for free. However, the only size tires being accepted for free are passenger vehicle tires that are taken off the rim.]

 Scrap tires can be reclaimed and used for good – tire swings, planters, door mats, homebuilding – but they can also be piled on the side of roadways, in rivers or in front yards. 
    In an effort to keep tires from becoming unsightly litter, the county has teamed up with Keep Pickens Beautiful for Great American Cleanup Month to offer free tire recycling in April.