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9th District candidates address TEA Party

     While not physically at last week’s Pickens Tea Party meeting, the spirit of current 9th District Congressman Tom Graves was invoked repeatedly.

     All candidates running for that seat this November wanted to paint themselves as the popular Ranger Republican’s heir – citing everything from regular pray sessions with Graves to being mentored by him at the state house.

Worley Crossroads area residents be on the lookout for car break-ins

Updated Monday morning -- Arrest made for car break-ins

Press release from Pickens Sheriff

On Friday afternoon, April 27, Detectives from the Pickens Sheriff's Office made an arrest regarding the individual breaking into vehicles in the Worley Crossroads area. The individual arrested is a juvenile and has been turned over to the Juvenile Detention Center in Dalton, Georgia.
Thank you for all of your assistance. Please continue to remain diligent in securing your property and vehicles to make you a more difficult target of similar crimes.


Owners advised to lock cars


Original Press release from Pickens Sheriff


The Pickens sheriff's office received several reports of cars being entered and items being taken from them. The incidents appear to have occurred overnight and the primary location is in the area of Worley Crossroads, in the southern portion of Pickens County. At this time, all reports indicate that the cars were left unlocked and no force was used to break into the vehicles.

Please ensure that you remove personal property that may be of any value and that you lock all vehicles. Another way that you can make your home a tougher target would be to use flood lights or other outside lighting sources to deter a potential break in.

If you have any information that may assist in the active investigation, please contact the Pickens Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division  
at 706-253-8935.

A harmonious string of events

Nigel Wright and band tune up for German tour


Pickens resident Nigel Wright, center, and band members Clay Dean, left, and Jamey Merritt, right.

The band will be touring in Germany from July though September of this year.


     While searching for a different Nigel Wright online, German record company, Butterfly Collectors, stumbled onto a Tate Mountain Estates resident with the same name but far different sonic sensibilities.

     While the 18-year-old Tate-Mountain Wright was not who they set out to find, the Pickens’ home-fry is now signed with the fledgling label. He and drummer Jamie Merritt and bass player Clay Dean, both of Dawsonville, have since flown to Germany to film music videos and promo shots, and they are now preparing for a short German tour.

Marble work at courthouse nears completion


 Commissioner Rob Jones said today he is extremely pleased with the appearance of the refinished marble on the exterior of the Main Street courthouse. “I’ve had people say they wanted to know the price of the new marble and I tell them this is the old marble refinished. It looks terrific.”

   The lettering at the top front also enhanced the marble structure.

    Jones said the work is nearing completion with re-attaching the marble pieces and should be done by the first of next week with all the scaffolding removed.

Who'll stop the rain?

Veteran in need receives new roof



Shingles flew as workmen ganged with pitchforks to remove old roofing at a Parker Circle address. Homeowner Ricky Martin, a Vietnam veteran who suffers with a disability, gained a needed new roof through the help of several local organizations and Global Builders, the company that carried out the work.


      Monday, 8 a.m., saw four roofers atop Ricky Martin's home on Parker Circle south of Jasper. Prying off old shingles with pitch forks, workmen labored at fever pace in the morning chill, raining chunks of Martin's old rooftop onto a large blue tarp, spread on the ground to catch all below.