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DFCS moving to new building

Office will reopen on Monday, Nov. 28


    After several years in the same location, Pickens DFCS is moving to a space with over twice the square footage.

    The Pickens Department of Families and Children Services is relocating from its longtime building on Chambers Street to a space nearly twice the size. The outgoing director said the move will allow them to better serve their clients and provide much-needed room for additional staff.    

Dangerous new opiate causing deaths in Georgia

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      Decatur, GA – On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) placed U-47700 into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.  By its ability to emergency schedule controlled substances, in April, the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy placed U-47700 under Schedule I drug.  U-47700 is a synthetic opioid originally developed as a research chemical that is actively being abused by many.  Some of the side effects include sedation, constipation, and respiratory depression

Tater Patch Players presentation runs two more weeks

In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should be Shot)

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By Pat Jewell
Tater Patch Players

    Get ready to enjoy a hilarious show with a Christmas theme and something fun for the whole family.  Dad and daughter Beth are getting ready to feed the extended family on Christmas Eve.  Mom is stuck at the airport trying to get home from Vermont.  Aunt Rose and Uncle Leo are bickering. Aunt Bunny is into everything and Uncle Bud is wishing he was somewhere else, while their daughter, Tracy, is just bored with the whole thing. Sound pretty typical so far? So there’s a busybody neighbor, cute blue-hair

Cove Road man arrested for murder


The GBI has arrested Arnold Hoyt Griffith, Jr., of Cove Road for murder  but few details have been released.

   The Pickens sheriff’s office confirmed he was arrested on November 9 and the GBI is continuing to investigate with other arrests possible.

   Lt. Kris Stancil said the arrest is not from a recent death.

   “This is not a new case, not a recent death,” Stancil said.  “The victim is not from this area.”

   Stancil said investigators had looked at this before but never had enough information to move forward.

   “This is from new information on a previous case,” Stancil said. Stancil said the victim had never been reported missing by family.

   The name of the victim has not been released, but Stancil reiterated the male victim is not local. He said they are having trouble notifying family members, which is delaying release of that information.


Stancil said they do not believe this person had ever been reported missing anywhere, but definitely had never been reported missing in this area.

            No further information is being released until the GBI has completed more of their investigation.(Book-in photo from Pickens Jail)  



Is this the drought of the century?


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    Although Old Glory is clearly visible, the distant mountains are only barely visible and the sun struggles to shine through the smoke in this photograph taken last week looking west from the parking lot of Jasper United Methodist Church.

By Larry Cavender

    Is Pickens County, as well  north Georgia, in the midst of the "Drought of the Century?" When you can count on one hand the number of times it has rained since spring, with an outdoor burning ban in effect and lawns turning brown and fall crops dying, and with a smoky haze engulfing the area from wildfires caused by the extremely dry conditions, most people might answer a resounding, "Yes!"

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