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4-H Horse Club Kick off meeting Saturday

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The Pickens 4-H Horse Club will kick off their 3rd year this Saturday. Parents and youth ages 9-19 are invited to the Pickens County Extension office Saturday August 25th 10 a.m.-11 a.m. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the club and sign up. 

Let's get ready for some football Pickens County

PHS Dragons' Preview in this week's edition

 

 

The 2012 edition of the Pickens High School football team will begin their season this Friday evening at Fannin High School.

The team will be lead by first year Head Coach Chris Parker who has already received an accolade from the Atlanta Journal Constitution naming him “best hire in AAAA.”

See complete story in this week's print or e-edition.

Bluegrass championship to bring top act to Jasper

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Above, the Lonesome River Band, which will be headlining the Georgia State Bluegrass Championship in October.

     In the world of bluegrass, few groups are better known or more widely respected than The Lonesome River Band.

     This year, the award-winning ensemble will headline the 1st annual Georgia State Bluegrass Championship, the newest and most exiting addition to the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce’s Georgia Marble Festival, held every October at Lee Newton Park.

Mother of two fighting stage 3 melanoma cancer

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At left, Angela Walker, 31, with her family. Earlier this year Walker was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma.

“Dear Mom… I hope your arm fills so much better…I can’t wait until you get feeling better. I hope you have a wapid wecovery mommy. I love you mommy.”
     That’s part of a letter Angie Walker’s daughter Madysen (age 8) wrote for her mother back in April, just a few months after Walker was diagnosed with a stage 3 malignant melanoma.
      Now, six months and three surgeries later, the Pickens mom has been forced to quit her job waiting tables, because five days a week she travels to Kennesaw for treatment of the skin cancer that can be deadly if not detected early. 

 

Ball Ground fire hides homicides/suicide

Gunshot wounds found to wife and daughter

 

From Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

 

 

The three bodies found in the remains of the house fire on Spriggs Trail last month in Ball Ground have been identified. The medical examiner at the GBI Crime lab confirmed that the bodies were that of Ricky Norrell, his wife Darlene and their daughter Lindsey. The cause of deaths for Darlene and Lindsey have been listed as homicide. Both had gunshot wounds to the head. Ricky’s cause of death has been listed as a suicide.

Ricky Norrell’s body was mostly consumed in the fire. However, the remains of a .22 caliber rifle were found near his body. In addition, the Medical Examiner’s findings were consistent with Ricky Norrell dying from a head wound – believed to be a gunshot wound. Facts and circumstances of the deaths lead investigators to conclude that Ricky Norrell shot his wife Darlene and daughter Lindsey before taking his own life. The investigation into the cause and origin of the fire continues. "At this point, we will be making no further comment on this matter," stated the press release from Lt. Jay Baker of the

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.