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No decision on whether county will take over animal shelter

animalshelterVolunteers at the Pickens County Animal Shelter give a shelter dog vaccinations.



Animal shelter discussion tabled

    The board of commissioners tabled making a decision about taking on management of the county animal shelter until next month’s regular meeting. 
    Following requests from Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig, the commissioners’ office is considering taking over the Pickens County Animal Shelter, which is currently operated by the sheriff’s office. 

DNR Launches Interactive Map of Recreational Lands

Find your way to the great outdoors

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today unveiled an interactive map that identifies DNR-managed lands and outdoor recreation opportunities.  The “Georgia Outdoor Map” includes state parks, wildlife management areas, public fishing areas, boat ramps, and historic sites. Users are able to search by category to find locations where they can camp, hunt, hike, fish or explore history. 


interactive map

“We are proud to offer this new resource to Georgia’s citizens and visitors,” said Governor Nathan Deal.  “We are blessed here in Georgia with a state that is rich in both natural and cultural resources. I want to encourage Georgians to use this interactive tool to find new places to explore.”

State school superintendent forum Thursday

    nancyjesterNancy Jester is one of the state school superintendent candidates to speaking at this Thursday's forum.

     The Pickens County Retired Educators Association will host a forum for all state school superintendent candidates March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College.

Heroin cuts short promising life

Text to her mother 10 days before fatal party: “I hate being an addict because my life is on the line... I want my life more than drugs so I'm going to change.”
drugoverdose     Tanya Smith with her daughter Taylor at graduation in 2011. The free-spirited Taylor decided to wait on entering college and fell in with the wrong crowd.


    Last week, the mother of the 20-year-old whose body was dumped in the yard of a vacant house last August after she died of an overdose at a party portrayed a descent into drugs that was unbelievably sad and shockingly quick.