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Updated - second student arrested for pipe bomb incident

See later story --  No threats, no plans for violence discoverd in pipe bomb case

Updated More details emerge with pipe bomb incident at PHS

The Pickens Sheriff Office announced Thursday morning that a second student had been arrested with charges stemming from the pipe bomb that was found at the residence of a Pickens High student Wednesday afternoon.

A press release from the sheriff Thursday morning stated, "The device was located at the residence of a student of Pickens High School.  Deputies arrived at the residence and identified what appeared to be a pipe bomb.  It was discovered that one student made the bomb at home and brought it to school to give to the other student who was planning on taking it home to detonate it on his parent’s property."

 Authorities arrested both students. Both students, age 17, are currently being held by the Pickens Sheriff’s Office and charges are pending in the case."

 

Original Story from Wednesday Night

School searched, extra security planned for Thursday classes

 A Pickens High student was found with a pipe bomb after returning home from school Wednesday, according to statements from Sheriff Donnie Craig.

Fire crews fight four fires in past week

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At left, the four Pickens homes that were destroyed during last week's fires.

Four structure fires in the past week, with at least two intentionally set, made an unusual and hectic week for local fire crews, Fire Marshal Curtis Clark said Friday.

“It is rare to have four fires here that close together,” he said. “Having (at least two) intentional ones is also a rarity.”

No injuries to homeowners or fire crews were reported at any of the blazes.

“Each had a different cause and stemmed from different sets of circumstances that didn’t tie into each other or any recent fires,” Fire Marshal Clark said. “Each came with unique circumstances.”

For a breakdown of the fire crew’s busy week get the print edition or sign up for our online edition by following this link.

More shamrocks for MDA needed at the Pig

 

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Cashier Kayla Watson (left) and Assistant Manager Wesley Cook, backed up to a window of shamrocks at Jasper’s Piggly Wiggly. Shamrocks represent donations toward summer camp for Georgia kids with muscular dystrophy.

 

If you shop for groceries at Jasper's Piggly Wiggly store, you probably have noticed a wall of paper shamrocks plastered all over much of the manager's area. Each green or gold paper clover leaf represents a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign. The campaign concludes mid-March around St. Patrick's Day.

Despite the wall of shamrocks, still more are needed.

"We're going to have a shortfall," store manager Wade Calvert predicted. Store goal is $2,300. To now, donations total near $1,200.

County on the hunt for photos to display on historical wall

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L-R: County employees John Nicholson and Rodney Buckingham look through an old book in Pickens County Probate Court Judge Rodney Gibson’s private collection. This book was one of several that helped the men uncover names of Pickens’ former leaders, which they are compiling for a photo wall for the Pickens County Administration Building.

 

Per the request of Pickens County’s current sole commissioner, Robert P. Jones, first in office January 2005, two county employees have been transformed into historical treasure hunters, scavenging the countryside for the names and faces of leaders from Pickens’ past.

See a list of all Ordinaries and Commissioners  of Pickens County in this week’s print or e-edition.

Branson on the Road will be at the Reinhardt University March 3

 

Branson on the Road, following the tradition of traveling road shows, features Classic Country, Hilarious Comedy, Bluegrass, Rockabilly and Hand-Clapping Gospel. This show, co-hosted by Debbie Horton, is comprised of many talented artists. Horton, who played lead guitar for Johnny Cash, dedicates a portion of the Branson on the Road show as a Johnny Cash tribute.

Branson on the Road will be at the Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 3, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.