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Investigation on sexual assault looks at different possible locations


Superintendent and Sheriff have confidence PCMS is safe for all students



In comments this morning sheriff officials said the continuing investigation of a sexual assault first reported to have occurred at Pickens Middle School has been “broad” since the beginning, but confirmed they are looking at other locations in addition to the school.

Odds Are 1/140 Georgia Drivers Will Hit a Deer



Survey Shows Slight National Decline in Likelihood of Collision




     Atlanta, GA., Sept. 30, 2013 – The odds that an individual driver in the United States will crash into a deer during the next year have declined by 4.3 percent.  Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer,

calculates the chances of any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 174, compared with 1 in 167 the year before.* 

Jasper cemetery tour offers glimpse into past


    Members of the local Daughters of the American Revolution welcome more than 50 people to the old section of the Jasper City Cemetery on Church Street Sunday where they discussed their historical research.

    A tour of the old section of the Jasper City Cemetery drew more than 50 people Sunday to hear members of the local Daughters of the American Revolution discuss the history they unearthed during their research.

Update on sexual assault investigation

No clear suspect identified, investigation continuing

   Several details have emerged concerning the investigation that is centered at Pickens Middle School after a student says he was sexually assaulted in a bathroom there last week.

   In an interview with an Atlanta television station, the father of the student, whose name nor face was shown, indicated the son was in special education.

   Neither investigators nor the schools have confirmed any information about the identity of the student. But sources close to the case have acknowledged it has been very complicated compiling a sequence of events based on statements from the student.

   The victim has been to two forensic interviews to narrow down when and where the assault took place. Forensic interviews are conducted by specialists when the victims are either juveniles or have mental issues.

   Lt. Kris Stancil said Thursday that the sheriff office and schools have both poured all their resources into this investigation and they are drawing from additional resources of the GBI.


Renovated courthouse dedicated



The county courthouse is the center of all southern towns, Judge Brenda Weaver told the crowd who assembled to officially dedicate and re-open the new Pickens Courthouse on Main Street today. Tours of the $16 million facility are available until 6 p.m. this evening.

Other speakers included Commission Chair Rob Jones and Attorney General Sam Olens. See complete story in this week's print edition.