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Kaila’s Birthday Wish

12-year-old wants help for sick kids instead of presents





By Brandi Strawn

     Meet my daughter Kaila, she is 12 years old. She is currently a 7th grader at Jasper Middle school. She will be turning 13 in February. When I asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday she said she wanted to raise money for the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital instead of receiving presents this year. As her mom I was so proud of her to suggest such a selfless thing at her age.  

Pickens in desperate need of foster parents

 “All you need is an extra bed, patience and love,” said DFCS director


Shane and Mandy Grizzle are one of just six foster families in Pickens County. The Grizzles currently have three adopted children, pictured above, and one foster child living with them in their west Pickens home. Call 1-877-210-KIDS to learn more about becoming a foster parent. 


Imagine that you’re 10 years old and a court has ordered you be taken away from your parents, who are both addicted to meth and who have been abusing or neglecting you and your siblings.

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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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,