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General news and features

Local races on May ballot - Qualifying begins March 3

Pickens County Seal    Three local races will appear on the May 20 ballot, including the latest one-cent sales tax plan, three school board seats, and one district commissioner seat.
    The  (west) district commissioner’s seat held by Jerry Barnes is up for grabs.   

State high court rules on texted nude photo



Published Monday, February 24, 2014

From Public Information Officer

Supreme Court of Georgia


 Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .



            The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously reversed a Cherokee County court ruling and thrown out the criminal charge against a man who texted to a woman an unsolicited picture of his penis.

At Love, Sex and other Unmentionables, young people encouraged to keep boundaries

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Local students hear about Love, Sex and other Unmentionables.

By Laiken Owens
Intern Reporter

    The Love, Sex and other Unmentionables program sponsored by The North Georgia Pregnancy Center talked about why young people should wait for marriage and answered questions that teens may have about sex.

Whale freed from fishing gear off Ga. coast


More photos from Ga. Wildlife Resources division of the DNR.


BRUNSWICK, Ga. (Feb. 20, 2014) – A young North Atlantic right whale is swimming easier after wildlife biologists cut away most of the 100-plus yards of heavy fishing rope the animal was dragging [see video].

The disentanglement effort, much of which occurred 40 miles off Georgia’s Wolf Island Monday, was relatively quick for the 4-year-old male whale, one of only about 450 remaining North Atlantic right whales.

Directed to the whale by an aerial survey team and a satellite tracking buoy monitored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), authorized staff with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission assessed the entanglement and threw a device called a cutting grapple across the trailing rope. Seconds later, the thick rope parted.