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Statutory Rape Arrest at Pickens High


Sheriff Office Press Release

Pickens County Georgia, February 6, 2014: On Wednesday, February 5th, at approximately 5 p.m., the Pickens Sheriff’s Office responded to the Pickens High School regarding a possible sexual assault. Deputies arrived and learned a 15-year-old PHS student had informed a teacher she had been assaulted at the school. The teacher quickly alerted school administrators and school resource officers of the incident.

Pickens Sheriff’s Office detectives worked alongside the Georgia Bureau of Investigation through the night to determine and verify the reported information.


Governor not meeting with Moral Mondays coalition

Medicaid expansion aim of growing group at capitolgaseal


By Pam O’Dell

Capitol Reporter


For the last two consecutive Monday afternoons, hundreds of Georgians have stood on the capitol steps to advocate for the expansion of the federal Medicaid program in Georgia. This would not be especially noteworthy except that many came noticeably donned in clergy attire and the event was covered by national media.

Reminiscent of the first Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina, the group claims they will address the moral issues involved in state policies.


Hill City and Harmony advance to regional reading bowl


    Harmony team: Amberley Clark, Haley Voyles, Mykel Hand, Joseph Adams, Abigail Ottosen, Caroline Jordan, Tammy Boggus-coach, Ishan Iqbal, Susan Anderson - coach, Conner Williams.

     Area elementary students participated in the county Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition hosted by Harmony Elementary School Jan. 27. Hill City and Harmony Elementary School advanced to regional competition.

Power Hour leads to ice cream




  West End members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia love ice cream.  

  This is true, especially when they are celebrating a job well done at school.    All members received good to great report cards this past marking period. 

Youth in the  Boys & Girls clubs participate in a daily homework program called POWER Hour.  

  “We are making a difference and glad to help the children and school system any way we can,” said Michele L. Brackin, Executive Director of the local organization.