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Pickens library "filled to the gills"


    Left: On a busy day after school, vehicles fill the parking lot at the Pickens County Library.

An expansion is targeted as a future SPLOST project.

    Visit the Pickens County Library at the busy time of day and you’d be hard pressed to find an empty computer. If you’re a teen you may feel like the redheaded stepchild with the sparse young adult choices on the shelves.
    “The library is filled to the gills,” says Sequoyah Regional Library System Director Susan White. “The book space is absolutely packed. If we want to add new items we have to take something else out, and we need a room for our young adults.”

Man commits suicide on Hwy 575 near Holly Springs

    A standoff between an armed man and police on Hwy 575 near Holly Springs ended in suicide the morning of Sunday, April 14.

    Officers responded to a man armed with a gun at I-575 southbound, according to Holly Springs police . When officers arrived they found a man in body armor holding a gun to his head.

     Traffic was shut down in the southbound lane of Hwy 575 and officers attempted to talk the man into surrendering his weapon, but the man took his life.

     The man as since been identified as James Allen Woods, Jr, age 30, of Toccoa, Georgia.  Holly Springs Police detectives were able to locate and notify Mr. Woods’ family late Sunday evening.  Detectives are still working to try to piece together what prompted Mr. Woods to take his life Sunday morning

Cancer survivors invited to celebration dinner


    (Jasper, GA ) ⎯ The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Pickens County encourages cancer survivors and their caregivers to attend a dinner in celebration of life and hope on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
    The Annual American Cancer Society Survivors’ Dinner will take place at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in the Mountain Tyme Café.  Piedmont Mountainside Hospital will offer a complimentary meal to each cancer survivor and his or her guest.  Space at the Survivors’ Dinner is limited to

Storms produced no serious damage here


     According to Pickens County Fire Chief Bob Howard, the severe weather that swept across Georgia overnight left no significant damage in Pickens.
    “We were very lucky,” Howard said, who reported that two counties to the west suffered significant hail damage. “We had probably less than six trees down and two structure fire calls from lightening, but those produced nothing major, just smoke.”
    Howard said a cloud with an upper atmospheric rotation capable of producing a tornado traveled through Pickens at one point in the evening, “but it never produced anything,” he said. “This cloud started near the Alabama line and traveled through Pickens, then it died in Gilmer.”
    No power outages were reported.