General news and features
Captain Kris Stancil
Public Information Officer
Pickens Sheriff’s Office
We have been made aware of a Scam that is taking place around our community. The scam involves individuals calling our citizens and claiming to be an employee of the Sheriff’s Office. They are even using the names of employees that they have been able to access. They are then advising to avoid being arrested, they need to send money. They have even been able to disguise the number they are calling from to match an agency or county number.
WE DO NOT CALL INDIVIDUALS AND HAVE THEM PAY MONEY OVER THE PHONE.
If a member of our office ever calls related to an outstanding warrant, the will only advise you to turn yourself in, not to send money to avoid it. Please do not become a victim of this scam.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today introduced the Prison Reform and Redemption Act, a criminal justice reform bill aimed at lowering recidivism rates among federal offenders.
“A lot of people look to Washington as the hope of the world, and we need to ask daily how we can be the hope of our communities. The Redemption Act answers part of that question.
Pickens County Schools
New Student Registration July 18,2017 • 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2017 Open House Dates
Harmony, Hill City, Jasper, and Tate Elementary Schools
Grades I- 5 July 27,2017 • 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Kindergarten July 28, 2017 • 5:30p.m.
Harmony Elementary Pre K. July 28, 2017 • 4:30p.m.
Hill City Elementary Pre K July 28,2017 • 4:30p.m.
Jasper attorney Mark Miller pleaded guilty in Pickens Superior Court late Wednesday to multiple counts of theft and financial fraud against former clients, foregoing a trial which would have begun in August.
The plea settlement negotiated back and forth all day Wednesday will see the well-known, outspoken attorney sentenced to 40 years, to serve 5 years. Miller, jailed since June of 2016 will be granted credit for that year. The remaining 35 years will be on probation.
Miller will be required to make restitution of $1.3 million to former clients who he pleaded guilty to taking funds from their accounts.
See full details, Miller’s final statement to the judge and comments in next week’s Progress.
Pickens Seniors for Change, an advocacy group fighting for additional tax exemptions for senior property owners, achieved a milestone this week with the approval of a straw poll question for next year’s Republican primary ballot.
The advocacy group has been pushing for changes to the county’s current tax exemption policies for years, arguing that Pickens County seniors – especially those on fixed incomes - are “going broke” because of their property taxes. Pickens County currently offers a full exemption for property owners 62 years and older with a household income of less than $25,000.
See full story in this week's print or online editions.