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Drivers unharmed in Highway 53 accidents
Three horses were killed after being hit by vehicles on Highway 53 West near Big Ridge Road last night in a string of three separate accidents.
None of the occupants to the vehicles were injured.
The accidents all occurred within a half mile of each other over a short span of time, but with the windy road, officers at the first collision could not see the other wrecks.
According to Pickens Sheriff Office spokesman Kris Stancil four horses got out of the same pasture and wandered onto the road about 4:30 a.m.
The fourth hourse was herded back into the pasture after it was discovered running loose. Deputies had already responded to the first call when the other two accidents occurred.
A pickup truck over-turned either after striking one of the horses or trying, unsuccessfully, to avoid it. One of the other vehicles was a transfer-truck. The third vehicle, also a pickup truck, only suffered minor damage, according to sheriff reports.
In an interview this morning, Stancil said the owner of the horses was notified and came immediately to the scene. No charges are pending.
Stancil said a livestock owner would be charged criminally only if it is shown that the animals were running loose because of neglect.
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The Pickens Sheriff is asking for help with a missing juvenile, Lucus Hollingshead.
Lucus Hollingshead, 15, was last seen on Caylor Farm Road in Pickens County. He is thought to be in the Dawson or Hall County areas after having run away, according to a Sheriff Office spokesman.
Lt. Kris Stancil said in an interview Saturday morning that the youth is not thought to have been abducted, nor is he thought to be in danger. Investigators believe he is with friends or relatives based on his past history, according to Stancil.
Investigators are working with other counties to check residences of his acquantances. He has been missing for about a week, according to sheriff office reports.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately.
The Pickens County School Board met last week and announced Pickens High School’s 2013 Senior Class Valedictorian is Taylor Boggus (left), who maintained a GPA of 101.63 all four years of high school. Boggus plans to attend Armstrong Atlantic University in the fall.
With a GPA of 100.62, the Salutatorian is Amber Shields. She will attend the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega on a full scholarship. Look for complete profiles of these two outstanding students in an upcoming edition of the Progress.
See other awards and school board news on Page 16A of the print or online edition.
Spanish Moss hangs from trees around pristine parts of Jekyll Island if developers get their wish and marsh areas are counted as land, then more of the island will be opened for future use.
By Pam O’Dell
The Jekyll Island Authority has asked the Attorney General’s office to weigh in on a task force’s recommendation that marsh not be considered in determining the island’s land base. The land measurement is significant because it determines, according to state law, the amount of development that can occur on the island.
Hence, the determination on whether or not marsh is counted as land pits environmentalists and citizen activists against those who favor greater development on the island.
At their May meeting Thursday, the school board approved principal positions which saw Dr. Carlton Wilson move to Jasper Elementary and Assistant Principal Joetta Youngblood be officially named as principal at Hill City Elementary.
Wilson, was a popular principal at Hill City Elementary from its opening until last year when he took time off to have double hip-replacement. During his absence, Youngblood acted as the principal there.
School Board chair Wendy Lowe said both are highly regarded educators. She said Superintendent Ben Desper had discussed the positions with each and had made that recommendation to the board, which was approved last night. The board vote was only to hire Youngblood as a principal; the superintendent made the assignments
All other schools will see the same principals returning.
For more comments from the Superintendent on this move and a complete report on the lengthy meeting, see next week’s print edition.