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Bear cub was roadkill, not poached

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        Buddy Callahan, who works near the Hwy. 136 Connector where the bear was killed, holds up one of the legs that had the paw cut off. According to state law it is legal to take some or all of a bear carcass if you accidentally hit it with your vehicle. 

        A bear cub with severed paws found dead on the shoulder of the Highway 136 Connector was hit by a vehicle and not killed by a poacher as some originally thought, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. 

At approximately 9:30 a.m. someone called 911 about the bear and DNR  was alerted. Nearby resident Charles Chastain discovered the cub that morning. When he found a bullet hole in the animal’s chest and saw that its front paws were cut off he assumed it had been poached.

        See full story in this week's print or online editions

Dr. Wilson sworn in; contract details released

Dr. Carlton was sworn in as superintendent of Pickens County schools last week

 

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Dr. Carlton Wilson, with wife Cindy, being sworn in. 

     New superintendent pledges to remove “junk” - At a swearing-in ceremony Friday, the new superintendent of schools, Dr. Carlton Wilson said he is proud to be taking the reins of one of the best school systems in the state.

He told those assembled his goal is to see Pickens recognized as a top 10 school system and when that happens, work for the number one spot. Wilson said he would strive to take away the “junk” that

‘Super positive stuff’ happening at the airport

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   Things could be taking off at the Pickens County Airport, according to the state's "go to" airport engineer.

    The county airport with its 66-68 mostly small single planes, has crept into the ranking as the 22nd airport in Georgia in the number of based planes. With planned expansions, the airport could be in the top 15 within a few years, bringing economic development opportunities to the area, according to the speaker at the Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast meeting Tuesday.

Phil Eberly, president of Lead Edge Design Group and the contracted engineer for the county airport, told Chamber members, “there is a lot of super positive stuff happening at the airport.”

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

County seeks public input for planning survey

 

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   An unexpectedly large and enthusiastic crowd turned out for the first meeting on the Comprehensive Plan update May 2. However, some there worried that interest will wane with the process that will last into 2018. Find full coverage of the meeting in the print or online editions. 

 

     Pickens County elected officials have stated that anyone interested in unincorporated Pickens County may serve on the stakeholders committee. Elected officials from Jasper and other cities will be able to choose committee members representing the cities. 

      Many thanks to Judge Wigington and his staff for putting together this online form below to be filled out if you are interested in being a committee member. Please click on this link below and fill out the form on or before May 19. 

 

      The May 2 kick-off meeting was a successful start – we were glad to have approximately 45 participants.

Confederate grave marked at Long Swamp Church

 

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Dan Pool / Photo The grave of a Civil War veteran was marked in a ceremony featuring re-enactors Saturday at Long Swamp Church.

       Descendants of P.N. Herendon, along with members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans assembled Saturday to mark the Civil War veteran’s grave at Long Swamp Baptist Church.

Herendon was a private in the 107th Ga. Militia during the War Between the States and later operated a wagon store in this area, traveling to homesteads in the later 1800s. (Herendon’s family name has changed somewhat through the years, with many descendants now spelling it Herndon.)