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Major personnel moves in three county offices

 

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

Pickens County Seal

 

 

    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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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

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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

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 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.

Right whales return to Georgia coast

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Photo from Georgia DNR   

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (Dec. 16, 2014) – The season’s first sighting of North Atlantic right whales on the Georgia coast underscores the fact that Georgia and north Florida are the only known calving grounds for these endangered whales.

     A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission survey plane spotted a right whale mother and her new calf 16 miles off Cumberland Island Saturday. The mom, cataloged as right whale  number 2145, is 24 years old and has been documented with five calves, the previous one in 2009.

Each winter, pregnant right whales and small numbers of non-breeding whales swim more than 1,000 miles from their feeding grounds off Canada and New England to the warmer waters of Georgia and northeastern Florida. Here, from late November through March, they give birth and nurse their young.