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Most foster kids there because of parents’ meth abuse

Foster home numbers up some here, but more still needed   

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                Pickens DFCS Resource Developer Carla Poole works directly with foster parents

                                                           and kids in the county.

     There are two notes hanging on Pickens County DFCS Resource Developer Carla Poole’s office bookshelf, written in scribbled handwriting.
    One reads, “Ms. Carla, Thank you for helping me find my forever home.”
    The other, “Thank you for bringing me a brother.” 
    Right now there are 96 kids under the care of Pickens DFCS who want a stable home and family, whether it be one reunited with their biological parents or a new home with foster parents. Of those 96, a staggering 99.5 percent are from parents or caretakers who abuse methamphetamines.

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West Price Creek Road closed after rains damage bridge


Bridge Located ½ Mile From Hwy 136

Pickens County, GA, February 26, 2016– Due to the recent rains and flooding conditions, Pickens County will be closing West Price Creek Road indefinitely.

The bridge, located approximately ½ mile from Hwy 136, has sustained heavy damage to the structural integrity from recent rain events. Pickens County with assistance from Georgia Dept. of Transportation has determined that the bridge is in need of repairs to bring the structural integrity back to a safe condition.

Please use Trout Farm Road or East Price Creek Road as detours while West Price Creek Road is closed.

Pickens County will do everything we can to help expedite the repairs as we do understand the inconvenience to the citizens of that area.


County’s TAN holds steady at $5.5 million

     Pickens County Seal

     At a regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 18, the Pickens County Board of Commissioners approved a $5.5 million Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) for the 2016 fiscal year.
    TANs are short-term loans, which for several years have been used by the Pickens government to cover operating expenses, and have been the subject of much public criticism. TANs are typically taken out at the beginning of the year and must be paid off no later than December 31 of the same year.

See this week's print or online edition for the full story.

Reward offered in mailbox, car vandalism case


Jasper Police are investigating a slew of vandalized mailboxes and damage to at least two vehicles that happened some time Sunday after 10 p.m. and before daylight Monday.

Sgt. Matt Dawkins with the Jasper Police said they don’t know the exact number of damaged mailboxes throughout the Camp Road and South Main areas, as many people don’t report them.

Georgia State Park offer programs for March


These programs are taking place at New Echota Historic Site, Chief Vann House Historic Site, Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic site, Red Top Mountain State Park, and Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site.

Craft a Critter
Sunday March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016. 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m

Red Top Mountain State Park
Park Office
50 Lodge Rd SE,
Acworth Ga., 30102
Head Eastbound on Exit 285 from I-75, turn left onto Park Marina Rd, and right onto Lodge Rd or follow signs to Park Office.