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70 pounds and counting: Blind man resolves to reach goal weight

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    Pickens resident Scott Rumery, who peaked at over 450 pounds (at right), has shed 70 but has a long way to go to reach his goal weight of 220.

      It’s been just over six months since Scott Rumery underwent bariatric surgery as a last-ditch effort to lose weight, having peaked at over 450 pounds.
    Rumery, who was blinded by the degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa, has always struggled with obesity. The self-proclaimed food addict said things reached critical mass and became a life-or-death situation. He couldn’t even walk from the bathroom to the living room without losing

UPDATED - Six arrested for burglary

 [Updated -- Sheriff Office press release on burglary arrest ]

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A sheriff photo of the store in Talking Rock where the burglars attempted to break in.

 Deputies arrest 6 in Burglary of Jasper Convenience Store

   Pickens County Georgia, January 3, 2017: During the night of January 1st, deputies with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office and Jasper Police Officers arrest 6 individuals for breaking into the Dunn’s Food Mart in Talking Rock Georgia.

   Deputies with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office spotted a suspicious vehicle near the Dunn’s Food Mart located at the intersection of Hwy 515 and Antioch Church Road in Talking Rock Georgia. While the deputies were speaking with the two individuals, Jasper Police Officers confirmed that a break in had taken place at Dunn’s Food Mart.

As both agencies continued the investigation, 4 additional individuals were arrested in connections to the case. Detectives then began the work of processing the scene and learned that another convenient

Troglin retires following 30 years of service in tax office


Troglin-Retirement Retiring Pickens County Tax Commissioner Sharon Troglin is pictured surrounded by staff members at her surprise retirement party last week.


    Sharon Troglin spent her last day as Pickens County Tax Commissioner Thursday after 30 years of service.
    Troglin said she was looking forward to “not setting a clock” in her retirement and would miss everyone she has worked with through the years.
    Troglin became tax commissioner January 1, 2001 and served for 16 years. She worked in the tax office since October, 1986.
    Troglin said she would  miss seeing the people who come into the tax office year after year.
    “You see old faces you’ve been familiar with through the years and I’ll miss seeing them as well as everyone I’ve worked with. I’ll miss just the routine of getting up and coming to work too I’m sure.”

Armed robber fires shot at Waffle House, near Hwy. 108

   A single masked man fired a handgun inside the Waffle House near Highway 108 in the early morning hours Saturday, fleeing with cash from the restaurant.

   Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell said the individual fired one round into the kitchen equipment but did not hit anyone. Lovell said the robber said at one point, “I am as scared as you are” to those in the restaurant.

   He fired the round as he was leaving.

   Neither the man’s race nor age could be determined as he was masked and gloved. He was wearing an “Anonymous” mask popular in movies and with political protests.

   Lovell said employees reported that the man was well-spoken.

   Sgt. Matt Dawkins said they had very little to go on. The suspect left on foot and apparently had a vehicle parked somewhere close by but it has not been identified.

   Anyone with any information is asked to call Sgt. Matt Dawkins at 706-253-9110.


Elected officials take oath of office


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     Fifteen public officials participated in an investiture ceremony for the 2017-2020 term Monday afternoon at the Pickens County Courthouse. Following are those who took their oath of office and loyalty oath before their respective judge.

Seated l-r: Chief Judge of the Superior Court Brenda Weaver, Clerk of the Superior and Juvenile Courts Jennifer Jordan, Board of Education Member Sue Finley; Standing l-r: Associate Judge of the Probate Court and Chief Judge of the Magistrate Court Allen Wigington, Coroner Mark Godfrey, Judge of the Magistrate Court Alan Morris, Board of Education Member Katherine White, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Robert Jones, Magistrate Court Judge Richard Howard, Probate Court Judge and Magistrate Court Judge David Lindsey, Superior Court Judge John Worchester (present but not sworn in), Board of Commissioners Member Becky Denney, Tax Commissioner Darrin Satterfield, Magistrate Court Judge Carlton Wilson, and Pickens County Sheriff Donald Craig.