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Young Life kicks off year with Colorball


 It was an explosion of color and fun, hot dogs on the grill and a great chance for the kids to hang out with their friends and leaders at the first Young Life activity of the year.

By Bonnie Carlton
Pickens County Young Life
     Pickens County Young Life kicked off the new school year on Monday, Sept. 9, when students from Pickens High School and their Young Life leaders came together for Color-Ball. It was an explosion of color and fun, hot dogs on the grill and a great chance for kids to hang out with their friends and leaders.            

Roadkill: Squirrels dying for food?


An unlucky one - Shortening days and lack of available acorns and hickory nuts have squirrels scampering friskily about in search of food for the winter. This poor squirrel didn’t make it across Talking Rock Hwy.

     Although some have been known to reach 10 years old, a typical Georgia gray squirrel probably only lives a couple of years. But if the death toll of squirrels seen on area roadways over the past week is any indication, Jasper’s squirrel mortality rate is pretty high right now.
    Travelers throughout the county have noticed lots of squirrels darting into roads and, all too often, underneath our tires. While some make it – drivers often breathe a sigh of relief when they look in their rear view mirror to see a furry tail fleeing to the other side of the road – others don’t.

Local Marines send supplies to soldiers on the front line


Packing for the front lines: From left Wayne Poore (active 1964-1985), Ken Hulsey (active 68-72), and John Murray (active 61-66) work on assembling care packages last week for troops on active duty in Afghanistan. Bill Click (active 64-67) and Gill “Bulldog” Davidson (48-78) were also on hand working last week.

     Wanting to make sure soldiers on the front lines in Afghanistan know that those of us back home haven’t forgotten them, a group of local marines spend their time putting together care boxes to send overseas.


Two arrested in Cherokee County for murder of 17-month-old

 Cherokee Sheriff Office Press Release


Cherokee County, Ga. September 13, 2013. An 11 month investigation into the death of a 17-month-old child culminated in the arrest of the child’s mother and her former boyfriend this morning. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Jamie Beck, 23 years old of Bartow County and Michael Naples, 31 years old of Woodstock, this morning and charged them both with Felony Murder and Cruelty to Children in the 1st Degree.

            The investigation began on October 14, 2012 when Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an injured child call at 304 Red Bird Way in Woodstock, Georgia. Deputies located a 17 month old girl who was unresponsive.


Animal lovers sought for volunteer work


    Bethany Carver is pictured with just one of the many shelter dogs who need daily walks.


Submitted by Pickens County Animal Shelter

     Join the Walk-a-Dog Team!  We are looking for dog lovers of all ages who can make a commitment to helping our shelter dogs get outside. You will teach them how to walk on a leash while also giving some TLC.  
     We have a tremendous need for walkers at various times of the day but especially during 8-9, noon-2 and 3-4. Get on the walking schedule in