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Inmate commits suicide in Pickens jail

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Press Release from 
Pickens Sheriff’s Office
Pickens County Georgia, May 1, 2017: During the night of Friday, April 28th, an inmate hung himself in a holding cell of the Adult Detention Center. Detention Officers located the inmate  hanging from the bunk bed in his holding cell.
Detention Officers immediately began CPR and continued to do CPR and attempted to use an AED defibrillator until the arrival of Emergency Medical Personnel. Upon the arrival of medical personnel, the inmate [name not being published/released] was transported to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, where he was pronounced after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

REPOSTED: Teacher pay in Pickens reported as ninth highest in state

This story was originally printed in the October 13, 2016 edition of the Pickens Progress. This article has been referenced several times publicly, most recently at a Pickens Seniors for Change meeting and in a Letter to the Editor, which cited it as being inaccurate. We stand by the original story and are reposting it exactly as it was printed.  

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     At a recent meeting of the Pickens County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Lula Mae Perry referenced an article published in the AJC back in August titled “Teacher Pay in Georgia: Which Georgia school system pays teachers most?” The article ranked Pickens 

with the ninth highest paid teachers in the state, on aver- age. 

Dr. Perry and the board appeared pleased with the ranking and expressed their support for teachers. The Progress followed up with a few questions to find out a little more about why teachers here make about $4,000 more annually than the state average of $54,750, and to learn how teacher pay is calculated.

Pickens trapper hoping to snare the limelight

Upcoming reality show and documentary will feature Mike Cain 

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Left: Mike Cain with a coyote caught at the 

Pickens airport. Cain’s daily work as a trapper is the subject of a reality show in the works.

Right: Trappers Mike Cain and Tim Chancey with a big hog caught this week near Monument Road.  The old boar was keeping other pigs out of the trap. Cain hopes with this one gone, he can quickly catch the “sounder.”

 

Mike Cain, the colorful owner of Cain’s Wildlife Removal, will soon be taking his critter-catching work to televised audiences with both a documentary and a reality show coming.

Cain, who has trapped coyote, beaver, wild pigs; removed squirrels, bats and raccoons from attics; and posted online videos of the work, caught the attention of filmmakers this year.

He has a part in a documentary about coyotes in Georgia for Netflix, and a part in a separate reality show he described as along the lines of popular Duck Dynasty.

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Execution date set for Murray County murderer

Execution Date Set for J.W. Ledford, Jr., Convicted of Murder

 

April 26, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              

ATLANTA, GA –Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr offers the following information in the case against J.W. Ledford, Jr., who is currently scheduled to be executed on May 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for the 1992 murder of Dr. Harry Buchanan Johnston, Jr.

Scheduled Execution

 

Ledford has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings. Accordingly, the Superior Court of Murray County today filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of J.W. Ledford, Jr. may occur begining at noon, May 16, 2017 and ending 7 days later at noon on May 23, 2017.

 

Ledford’s Crime (January 31, 1992)

 

The Georgia Supreme Court summarized the facts of the case as follows:

 

The defendant, J. W. Ledford, Jr. was convicted of the malice murder of Dr. Harry Buchanan Johnston, Jr., as well as two counts of armed robbery, one count of burglary, and one count of kidnapping Dr. Johnston's wife, Antoinette. The jury recommended that a sentence of death be imposed for the conviction of malice murder, and the trial court sentenced him to death. The trial court also sentenced the defendant to two consecutive life sentences and two twenty-year concurrent terms for the remaining offenses.

Seniors fired up for tax relief

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    It was a packed house at Chattahoochee Tech. where Pickens Seniors for Change held a meeting about senior tax exemption. The group’s leader says seniors are “taxed into poverty.”  

      Last week nearly 140 people showed up for a meeting hosted by the advocacy group Pickens Seniors for Change, which wants to see property tax exemptions for senior homeowners. 

The meeting, held on Tuesday, April 18th, was attended by Pickens’ State Senator Steve Gooch and Pickens County School Board members Daniel Bell and Katherine White. 

The advocacy group’s leaders have been pushing for changes to the county’s current exemption policy for several years. Pickens currently offers a full exemption for residents over 62 who have a household income of less than $25,000.

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