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Construction activity here “moderate to good”

Home loans show steady uptick scattered across all price ranges, areas
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    Sharp Mountain Business Park off Highway 108 is one example of how commercial growth has increased at a slow, sometimes overlooked, but steady pace the past several years.

    Looking at loan information at Community Bank of Pickens County, President John Trammell called construction activity in Pickens County “moderate to good” Friday.
    With 50 percent of the market share (based on deposit figures), the loans held at the local bank show a solid, steady uptick in homebuilding scattered across all areas of the county and in different price ranges.

More details emerge in bizarre murder-for-hire case

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     Seventeen-year-old Pickens High student Morgan Miles Morris was arrested August 16th after meeting an undercover officer posing as a potential assassin to negotiate the murder of two PHS students.
     Morris is being charged as an adult with Criminal Solicitation to Commit Murder. He remained in jail with no bond set at press time. A mental evaluation has been ordered for him.

See full story, including comments from the head of the criminal investigation division, in this week's print or online edition.

Schools’ Milestones scores a mixed bag

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     Georgia Milestones scores from the 2015-2016 school year have been released by the Georgia Department of Education. The good news is Pickens’ scores improved over the previous year, but local results are hit and miss when it comes to meeting the state average.
     See full story in this week's print and online editions, including comments from the school board chair and the director of learning.

$1 million suit filed over PHS b-ball team

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     John Curry, Pickens resident and father of a former PHS student, has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Pickens County School System, alleging administrators have “maliciously ignored reports and complaints” about the boys’ basketball program.

See full story in this week's print or online edition.