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Plea deal may be in works for Miller

     Mark-Miller

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     A plea deal could be forthcoming for Jasper attorney Mark Miller who faces numerous counts of financial theft from former clients, totaling as much as $2 million. However, the well-known Jasper attorney made it plain after the close of court Monday the initial provisions offered were not acceptable.

     See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

New day and program for free tax preparation

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By John Lomax

 

The free tax preparation provided by AARP Tax-Aide will again take place at Pickens County Library this season on a new day, Tuesday, from February 7th through April 11th, starting at 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The service is aimed at clients with moderate income and an uncomplicated tax return. 

“There is no requirement to be an AARP member or to be retired,” says Pickens County resident John Lomax. John is the district coordinator for AARP Tax-Aide and his district covers Bartow, Cherokee, Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties where six sites operate for four hours each week, staffed by over 30 volunteers, including five other Pickens County residents. All volunteers are certified by the IRS.

PHS Junior state playwriting finalist

 

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Nick DiPuma, a junior at Pickens High School was chosen by the professional organization Georgia Thespians, as the state finalist for his original play Why'd Ya Do It?. Nick submitted this play to the Georgia Thespians PlayWorks competition, which is a division of the Georgia Thespian Conference held in February and attended by thousands of students, directors, and colleges from all around Georgia. 

The future of this area: growth, taxes and government plans

 

By Gary Pichon, former Dawson Commissioner 

I read a piece in the paper the other day that was trying to imagine the future of the area and what might happen that could improve the lives of its citizens.  

About 30 years ago I moved up here to Pickens because I liked the place and the people and their ways. I still do and I can just about live anywhere in the country that I want to.  It suits me just fine.  

Now, my wife and I live right on the county line and our house is just inside Dawson County.  I was privileged to serve eight years as a county commissioner in Dawson County and I think I did more good than harm, maybe.  

Alabama man arrested after coming here, expecting sex with a minor

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Edwin Brian Lumpkin's social media profile shot and book-in shot, both courtesy Pickens sheriff.
Pickens Sheriff Press Release

 Last night, January 26th, Pickens Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested Edwin Brian Lumpkin. Mr. Lumpkin, a 27-year-old man, drove to Pickens County from his home in Roanoke Alabama to meet who he believed to be a 15-year-old female. Mr. Lumpkin had been engaging in an online conversation with the young female and planned to meet for sex. Unfortunately for Mr. Lumpkin, the young female that he had been talking to online was a Pickens Sheriff’s Office Detective.