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Teacher pay in Pickens reported as the ninth highest in state

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     At a recent meeting of the Pickens County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Lula Mae Perry referenced an article published in the AJC back in August titled “Teacher Pay in Georgia: Which Georgia school system pays teachers most?” The article ranked Pickens with  the ninth highest paid teachers in the state, on average.
     Dr. Perry and the board appeared pleased with the ranking and expressed their support for teachers. The Progress followed up with a few questions to find out a little more about why teachers here make about $4,000 more annually than the state average of $54,750, and to learn how teacher pay is calculated.
     See this week's print or online edition for full story.

Spooky assignment: investigate pet cemetery rules planning director told

Planning commission approves unusual Highway business to residential request


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The property in red has been recommended to be rezoned to residential by the planning commission.


    Planning and Development Director Richard Osborne got an assignment Monday that is very appropriate with Halloween approaching – research pet cemetery rules.
    Osborne told the planning commission at their October meeting that he had been contacted by Stanley Morris, of Philadelphia Road, inquiring about the county’s position on a pet cemetery.

Hospital staff challenged by a group of students

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        PHS students and Piedmont employees promoting their upcoming 5K Walk at Roper Park to raise money for the Friends of Mountainside to help purchase a Zeiss Microscope for the hospital.

     Friday a group of Pickens High students challenged the staff at Piedmont Mountainside to raise more money and bring more people to an Oct, 29th 5K Walk at Roper Park.
    The walk, which requests a $25 donation to participate or sponsor a walker, will raise money for the Friends of Mountainside to help purchase a Zeiss Microscope for the hospital.

 

More details emerge in teacher Snapchat-sex case

More search warrants being executed this week in Culbreth investigation. See our latest story.

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 Book in photo for Daniel Culbreth

 

Sheriff Press Release

Daniel Culbreth, a math teacher at Pickens High School, was arrested on Thursday night (October 6, 2016) for Computer Exploitation of Children and Sexual Assault by Persons with Supervisory Authority. The arrest came during an investigation into inappropriate communications with a student.

Led by Detective Steven Holmes of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, who also serves as an agent for the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, detectives began following up on a tip that Mr. Culbreth had been using the popular teen social media app Snapchat to communicate with female students.

More charges against Miller

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     Last week the grand jury returned charges against suspected members of a statewide prison gang, added more charges against attorney Mark Miller and returning indictments against the former PHS student in a murder-for-hire case among their work. Other cases include:

• Grand Jury indicts Ghostface Gangster members for attempt to smuggle meth into jail
• Former PHS student indicted in murder-for-hire plot

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