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School board to hold called meeting

The Pickens County Board of education will conduct a called meeting which will include several policies issues, executive session, and personnel recommendations, followed by a finance workshop Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

This meeting will be held at the Board Conference Center on D.B. Carroll Street. The public is invited to attend.


Skeletal remains found in Cherokee


     Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. July 21, 2013. Biologist searching for snakes in Cherokee County Saturday afternoon discovered the skeletal remains of a human body. Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to the location off South Cherokee Lane in Woodstock at approximately 6pm. Detectives are now attempting to determine the identity of the remains.


       It appears the remains are that of a male who was wearing size 13 red adidas tennis shoes. Blue jeans with burgundy shorts underneath were also located with the remains. Currently investigators have not determined how long the remains have been in the woods.  The remains will be sent to the GBI crime lab for analysis.


       Cherokee Sheriff’s Office investigators are not working any missing person cases that meet the description of the located remains; they are asking the public if they have any information potentially related to this investigation please call 911.


Jasper Police seek help identifying suspects





            The Jasper Police Department is looking for any information regarding two shoplifting and auto-break-in suspects.


The male in the photograph is believed to have stolen several items from a car in the Jasper Walmart parking lot on Monday, July 15. Both the male and female are believed to be involved in shoplifting from the same store.


Jasper Police Department Det. Andrew Cochran said the vehicle was unlocked and the windows were rolled down when the items were stolen.


“People need to remember to keeps their cars locked,” he said.


According to Cochran, the suspects were driving a white Mitsubishi.


The images were taken from Walmart’s surveillance video.   


If you have any information about these two suspects please contact the Jasper Police Department at 706-692-9110.


Lightning damages airport runway



Photo/ Damon Howell

Engineer Phil Eberly, an aviation program manager, measures the crack from a lightning strike that damaged the edge of the runway at the Pickens County airport Wednesday night. The lightning damage, covered a 12-feet-long area,  and was near the edge of the runway so planes were still able to land and takeoff on Thursday.

An airport employee said they picked up chunks of asphalt hundreds of feet away.

Nearby electrical outlets were also blown out.