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Clerk of Court angry over "micro managing"

Pickens County Seal 3d    While it’s been mostly cordial, the board of commissioners and the clerk of court have been at odds since October of 2013 over budget cuts to the point that an e-mail from Clerk of Court Gail Brown indicated a possible suit against the county could be forthcoming.
    In an interview last week, Brown said the only way she would ever file a “mandamus” action against the county would be as an absolute final resort and that her office has been able to absorb the unwanted cuts so far. But Brown was also clear that her office is under-funded and under-staffed and she feels the commissioners have cut her  funding unfairly and “micro-managed” her operations.

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Winter weather wreaks havoc on PHS Field House



    Cold weather caused pipes to burst in ceiling of the PHS football field house.


By Eileen Steinhauer
Progress contributor
    Winter weather not only slowed the return of students to school last week, but it also caused major damage to the Pickens High School Football Field House.
    According to Rick Little, Pickens County Director of Operations, due to the prolonged cold temperatures, water pipes in the ceiling of the Field House burst in seven different areas.

After SPLOST collections fall short, county to shoulder most of rec. center cost

Pickens County Seal 3d    Monday evening the parking lot at the Pickens County Community Center was completely full. Basketball practice and yoga was happening in the main gyms while a  karate class was underway in one of the back rooms.
    Since it opened in 2011 the community center has become a popular facility for Pickens residents who use it for sports, meetings, wedding and baby showers, and a host of other events.

Unusual circumstance of Bethany Moorings death leads to GBI review

    Sheriff Craig

     Investigation files regarding the death of a 65-year-old man last week in the Bethany Moorings subdivision will be turned over to the GBI for review, but no foul play is suspected, though investigators concede there are some unusual circumstances.

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Two Flu-related Deaths Confirmed in North Georgia


    Dalton (GA) - The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed two
flu-related deaths in North Georgia. Of the current 19 confirmed
flu-related deaths in Georgia, these are the only two that have been

reported thus far for the North Georgia Health District, comprised of
Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties.
   Both of the deceased were middle-aged, and there is no evidence in the
Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services that either
of them had received an influenza vaccination.
   Health officials continue to stress the importance of getting a flu
shot and that anyone 6 months and older who has not yet gotten a flu
vaccination this season should get one now at their local health
department, through their healthcare provider or at a pharmacy that
provides flu shots.