A likely murder-suicide occurred Wednesday evening in the Big Canoe gated community, according reports from Sheriff Donnie Craig.
The sheriff said two deaths are involved and the two people had been married. They have later been identified as Ross and Sharon Jernigan. Mr. Jernigan is thought to have shot Ms. Jernigan and then himself.
The couple, both in their 60s, was recently divorced but the husband had been allowed to continue living in the house for a period of time which was set to run out, according to a neighbor. They had no children. They were not known to be active in Big Canoe groups.
Owners of an under-construction entertainment/festival venue in far west Pickens County have been delayed on receiving permits for the facility after the county planning commission tabled a “conditional use request,” pending more information.
Planning board members generally seemed in favor of Long Branch Entertainment’s plans for an outdoor festival site on the far western reaches of Pickens County but said the owners/operators had to provide “some meat to the bones” of their plans for security, traffic control, crowd size estimates and parking.
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A Pickens man was killed in a four-wheeler wreck Sunday night.
According to sheriff and Georgia State Patrol incident reports, Adam Chumley, 28, of Edwards Road, died as emergency crews were rushing him around midnight from a wreck site to Piedmont Mountainside where a helicopter was waiting to transport him to a trauma facility.
State Patrol Trooper Travis Roberts said that Chumley was driving the four-wheeler on Moore Road near the intersection with Bryant Road when he left the roadway and struck a ditch embankment. Trooper Roberts said the impact jerked him and the four-wheeler to the right where he hit a tree and overturned, also hitting a mailbox. Chumley’s body was found within a few feet of the overturned ATV.
A second roof that was built over an original roof hampered efforts to suppress this fire at a Grandview area home Monday.
A home belonging to Kip and Michelle Foster, owners of Dig-It Farms on Grandview Road, was destroyed by fire early Monday.
No one was injured in the July 9 blaze which is being blamed on a shop fire that moved into the attached residence.
Assistant County Fire Chief Curtis Clark said crews had several challenges stopping the blaze. The fire had a good start when responders arrived slightly after 4:20 a.m.
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The family has put up more information on a Facebook page. Search for Foster Family House Fire.
PHS students Nick Jacobs, Cole Millsap, Johnny Stecovich, Elliot Gallagher and Chandler Youngblood make up the rock band Pipe.
By Laiken Owens
PHS student reporter
Each teen has their own talent, but there are five teens in Pickens that have put their talents together to form a band. This rock n’ roll band is titled “Pipe.” The guys say they don’t remember exactly how the band started when they were in fourth grade, but they are glad it did. Their original name for the band was “Mental Toilet Forks,” but decided that may not be the best possible name.
Pipe says although they are a rock band, each member has their own inspiration for playing, varying from punk to heavy metal. So who exactly are the masterminds behind Pipe? These rockin’ PHS students are Nick Jacobs, Cole Millsap, Johnny Stecovich, Elliot Gallagher and Chandler Youngblood. Nick is the guy up front; he is the lead vocalist, who also plays guitar. Millsap is a stellar musician who plays the keyboard and guitar. Mr. Youngblood is the man on the bass, who also helps out with vocals. Johnny is the go to guy who plays guitar, controls the talk box, and is also a vocalist. Elliot rocks out on what else other than, the drum.