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Four unique drug cases in past month


[Editor’s Note: The sheriff’s office asked us to delay reporting on particulars of these cases until now, so the drug task force agents could investigate connections, particularly involving the large meth trafficking case.]


Staff reports


A man traveling to Tennessee with a large amount of methamphetamine along Highway 515 made the mistake of poor driving in front of a sheriff’s deputy in October.

This was the first of two cases that developed recently from traffic stops. Deputies have also made cases against two students who they believe intended to sell marijuana at the high school campus.

Sheriff spokesman Kris Stancil said it was a lucky break that Lt. Chris Tucker spotted the motorist swerving into the other lane as he was passing through Pickens County. After Tucker pulled the driver over, one kilogram of methamphetamine was seized along with the vehicle.

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Elementary school scores plummet in latest statewide assessment


       Results of the 2017 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) recently released by the Georgia Department of Education show gains at the middle and high school levels, but significant decreases at three of the four elementary schools in Pickens County.

The CCRPI is an annual assessment of Georgia schools and systems to determine if they are preparing students for college and career readiness. The scores are awarded on a 110-point scale and are based on a variety of indicators, the largest being the Georgia Milestones test administered to 3rd through 12th graders. Other indicators include student achievement, progress, state test scores, reading ability, attendance and graduation rates.

Credit cards stolen from Jasper merchant in old school scam



            According to authorities, credit cards were stolen from a downtown Jasper merchant during business hours and used to purchase gift cards from the local Walmart.

            Lieutenant Matt Dawkins with the Jasper Police Department said a black male and black female recently entered the furniture consignment shop Revive Us Again located on Highway 53 and Mark Whitfield Street and “used the old technique where one distracts while the other snoops around to see what they can find,” Dawkins said.

Hinton festival going strong, saving tax dollars

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Nancy Roland did a happy dance after winning in the cake walk at Hinton Volunteer Fire Department’s Fall Festival.


Despite a hotly anticipated Georgia Bulldogs game at the same time, hundreds of people turned out for the Hinton Volunteer Fire Department Fall Festival, an annual fundraising event for the west end station. 

“We’ll have 400 people in here after 7 p.m.,” said station chief Jerry Edwards. “After the cake walk we’ll put more tables up on that end of the station and it’ll be jam packed with people playing until after 10:30 tonight.” 

Sneve and Proctor win Jasper council seats; Green wins Nelson mayoral race

Anne Sneve easily cruised to a third term on the Jasper City Council Tuesday, defeating Ryan O’Dea 222 to 99.

   Dr. Sonny Proctor won his first full term in a hotly contested race, defeating Doug Patterson 236 to 198.

   Following the results, Sneve said she was honored to be returned by the voters for another term. 

   Proctor said that it had been a hard fought battle and “we raised some exciting issues that we can work on together.”

   Patterson congratulated Proctor, saying simply that he had tried and had “enjoyed the experience.”

   O’Dea congratulated  the victors, saying that he will always be there if the city needs him.

  In Nelson, Sylvia Green won the mayoral race over Mike Haviland 81 to 56.

  In a special election for an unexpired term on the Nelson Council Kelsey Riehl won over Lamar Kellett.

  In the regular race Chad Green and James Queen were the top two vote getters, winning seats.