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The state of children in Pickens County: Not Good

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The rise in child abuse cases may not be bad news. A DFACS employee reminded the group at the State of the Community presentation, this means there are more case being reported so now they can take action. Previously it had gone unreported.


    At the Our Family Connections’ state of the community presentation December 9th, social agencies, non-profits, judicial and elected officials heard mostly glum figures regarding the conditions for children in Pickens County.
    The reports showed the number of children living in poverty and families in poverty here had not improved despite low employment rates and that child abuse numbers rose in the latest available figures.

Meth seized at Budget Inn

Drug Task Force officer says market is flooded

with less expensive meth
drug-bust    The cash, meth and other drugs seized after an anonymous call directed Jasper Police officers and drug task force agents to a room at the Budget Inn.

     Responding to an anonymous call made to 911, officers made three arrests and confiscated nearly a pound of methamphetamine, as well as marijuana and cash at the Budget Inn on East Church Street.  

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

Fatal wreck on Highway 108

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Officers survey the site of a deadly crash on Highway 108 midday Friday, Dec. 11. 

      A motorist involved in a crash at the intersection of Highway 108 and Upper Bethany Road sustained fatal injuries, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The crash occurred at approximately 12:46 p.m. Early reports from GSP state that a Toyota 4 Runner ran a stop sign on Upper Bethany Road and ran into the path of a westbound dump truck. No other details have been released at this time. 

American Legion Auxillary hard at work for community

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By Kelli Blohm,
ALA Unit 149 President
    Our ALA Unit 149 has worked hard this year to help those in need in the Pickens County Community. Our October 24th event BATTLE OF THE BANDS held at Rocco’s which raised almost $3,500 and we’ve been giving that back to the Pickens County area through different programs such as our gift to CARES of Jasper a few weeks ago.

Angel horses need to relocate for winter

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Volunteer Evelyn Steiner and owner Leslie Elliott mingle with horses as they feed.

Submitted by Leslie Elliott
Executive Director
Angels on Horseback   

    Angels on Horseback, Pickens County’s 501c3 Therapeutic Riding Program needs to move its horses for the winter to allow the property we’ve been working on for nine years to rest. 
    Those of us who have property know that winter can be very hard on the pastures and erosion has been our constant rival.  We are a small center with only five horses and two ponies. An approximate