General news and features
A man from Pickens County is celebrating a big win from the Georgia Lottery. Dennis Noland of Talking Rock won a $1 million top prize playing the instant game $10 Million Cash Spectacular.
Progress columnist Alan Gibson received first place in the Ga. Press Association’s 2013 humorous column category for the division that includes the largest weekly newspapers.
County fire and EMS services are in the beginning stages of a major restructuring process, with the two agencies set to consolidate in the coming months.
Midday Tuesday, June 17, Georgia DOT engineer Sam Wheeler said crews were removing barricades at the Jones Mountain bridge on Highway 136 that has been closed since April.
"They will wait for a week or two and then go in and do a repair to the asphalt, but we are waiting to see if there is anymore settlement behind the bridge first," Wheeler said.
>>The repairs are considered temporary. One person on the job said it is a band-aid, but one that will allow the important connector between Pickens and Gilmer counties to be used until a permanent fix is completed.>
Captain Frank Reynolds with the Pickens sheriff’s office confirmed Tuesday that all the horses seized from a pasture where they were found malnourished last week are recovering. (see original story in our e-edition from last week)
An arrest on four counts of animal cruelty of a Ball Ground woman was made after the deadline for our print edition Tuesday. Donna Yuszkiewicz Walker of Ball Ground faces four counts of cruelty to animals for the conditions found at the pasture on Yellow Creek Road. She bonded out of Pickens jail later Tuesday.
The sheriff office worked with the Department of Agriculture last week to seize four horses from a Yellow Creek pasture and to see that the remaining horses were reunited with owners or a horse rescue group.