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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.


District 54 Senate seat to be decided in January 10 runoff

Elections supervisor blames bad timing for dismally low voter turnout


Pickens County is divided into two Georgia State Senate Districts. The local elections supervisor said this can cause confusion among voters. Only the half in purple is voting in the runoff election underway.


Just 168 of the 6,672 active registered Pickens County voters in Georgia State Senate District 54 cast votes in the special election last Tuesday, Dec. 13th, a dismal 2.52 % turnout. 

Pickens County Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts said the election’s timing was terrible, and that it was planned quickly when Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Sen. Charlie Bethel (R-Dalton) to the State Court of Appeals judgeship just weeks after he was reelected to the senate in November.    

Two charged in axe murder



Christopher Byers (left) and Arnold Griffith, Jr. booking photos from the Pickens County jail.


        A second man has been charged with murder in connection with a body that had been hidden in the Cove Road area since the summer of 2014.

Christopher Irving Byers, 32, of Lower Tails Creek Road in Ellijay, was indicted by a Pickens grand jury for murder last week as a co-defendant with Arnold Hoyt Griffith, Jr. 58, of Cove Road, who was arrested for murder on November 9.

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