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More details emerge in teacher Snapchat-sex case

More search warrants being executed this week in Culbreth investigation. See our latest story.

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 Book in photo for Daniel Culbreth

 

Sheriff Press Release

Daniel Culbreth, a math teacher at Pickens High School, was arrested on Thursday night (October 6, 2016) for Computer Exploitation of Children and Sexual Assault by Persons with Supervisory Authority. The arrest came during an investigation into inappropriate communications with a student.

Led by Detective Steven Holmes of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, who also serves as an agent for the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, detectives began following up on a tip that Mr. Culbreth had been using the popular teen social media app Snapchat to communicate with female students.

More charges against Miller

   Mark-MillerMark Miller booking photo.

     Last week the grand jury returned charges against suspected members of a statewide prison gang, added more charges against attorney Mark Miller and returning indictments against the former PHS student in a murder-for-hire case among their work. Other cases include:

• Grand Jury indicts Ghostface Gangster members for attempt to smuggle meth into jail
• Former PHS student indicted in murder-for-hire plot

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

Efforts underway to preserve cabin at Dollar General site

$10,000 needed to save logs

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    Some believe the cabin at the proposed site off Cove Road for a Dollar General has historical value. Fundraising efforts are underway to raise money to save the original logs.
    With the group of residents that petitioned against a proposed Dollar General on Cove Road all but conceding defeat, new efforts are underway to preserve what many believe to be a historic log cabin on the site before it’s torn down.
    Marble Valley Historical Society member Ben Lohman is leading the charge. In a last-ditch effort Lohman is reaching out to the community to raise $10,000 to buy the original logs from the cabin and have them relocated

Drought may affect outdoor burning season

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This precipitation map illustrates how dry conditions have been in north Georgia.

     The summer ban on outdoor burning will end Friday, September 30 in 54 Georgia
counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. The Georgia Environmental Protection
    Division sets the restrictions annually, from May 1 to the end of September, to reduce emissions from ground level ozone that may jeopardize air quality.

Georgians stand with native water protectors

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 Alaskan Natives Canoe into Protectors Camp. Pickens resident Ben Jones of Whitestone Farm travelled to Standing Rock to protest construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. He has started a GoFundMe page, Portable Camp for Earth Protectors, to support the cause.

 

By Glen Law and Ben Jones

    A new war has emerged in the past years, one that so far has had corporate and governmental interest on one side and the Earth with all her living relatives on the other side. Pollution from oil spills, nuclear power plant meltdowns, and fracking have ruined the quality of lives for people around the globe and have permanently destroyed thriving ecosystems.