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Major personnel moves in three county offices


Animal shelter, planning & development, public works to get new directors

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    Following resignations from department heads in the Pickens animal shelter, the planning and development department and the public works department, the county has recently hired one new director with plans to fill the open positions in the coming weeks. 

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Check license expiration date as New Year begins


     As the New Year begins, Commissioner Rob Mikell, Department of Driver Services (DDS), recommends checking the expiration date of your Georgia driver’s license or ID Card.
     “Please check the expiration date of your license or ID, and plan ahead if you are expiring in 2015. Not waiting until the last minute plus having all the necessary documents ready ensures a smooth experience when you visit,”

said Commissioner Mikell. “Best wishes for a safe and healthy Holiday Season.”

     Pre-Apply Online is a convenient way to make your visit to our office go smoothly.  Fill out the DDS Application anywhere, anytime and from any device including smartphones.   The submitted information populates directly to the mainframe, reducing data entry time and any potential typing errors at the time of service.

Deputy returns fire, injures man, at domestic call

 Press release from sheriff office sheriff-logo

  On December 24th at approximately 9:15 p.m., a 911 call was received by the Pickens County Emergency Dispatch Center regarding a domestic dispute on Bethany Road.


   Deputy Ryne Kirkland and Deputy Travis Curran responded to the residence of Ned Womack and attempted to make contact with him at the front door of the home. While knocking on the door, they heard an individual in the back yard. As they approached the yard, they observed a male subject, later identified as Ned Womack.

Harmony Eagles get the scoop on Angry Birds


Students at HES learn about writing computer code.

By Destini Shope


Assistant Principal

In honor of Computer Science Education Week, December 8-12, Harmony Elementary students are participating in an Hour of Code. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early,

OH NO! More snow this winter say predictions

Georgia’s winter weather outlook shows chance of colder weather and heavier precipitation than previous years

cove road snow

 Cove Road from last winter. If predictions are right, we'll be seeing even more snow this winter. Georgia's yearly average snow amounts have risen from 2 inches to 3.4 inches in recent years.