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Celestial Event to Eclipse School Day for Pickens Students and Staff

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Press Release from Keith Petty of the Pickens County School System      
On August 21, a once-in-a-lifetime event, a total eclipse of the sun, will occur over much of the United States, including North Georgia.  While only Rabun and Stephens Counties, in the northeast corner of the state will experience the centerline of  totality, Pickens County will experience 97% coverage, still quite a spectacle in itself.  Given the timing and rarity of the upcoming sun show, Dr. Carlton Wilson, superintendent of Pickens County schools, has declared the day a school holiday for all students and employees.

VA clinic coming to Jasper

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The VA clinic coming to this East Church Street spot, near Save-A-Lot, is expected to serve 6,000 veterans a year. It is slated to open in 2018.

The Atlanta VA Health Care System has entered into a lease agreement with AFTK, LLC that will bring a new VA clinic to Pickens County by next year. 

According to Greg Kendall, Atlanta VA Medical Center public affairs officer, the Pickens County VA Clinic will provide primary care and mental health services to veterans in Pickens, Dawson, Cherokee, Gilmer, Lumpkin and surrounding counties. 

     See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

Man charged with DUI for Upper Bethany wreck now faces vehicular homicide charge

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Cherokee Sheriff Press Release

 

Updated -- Cherokee County, Ga. July 28,  Kenneth Michael Williams 37 years of age, who is currently being housed in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center, has been charged with Vehicular Homicide 1st degree and Vehicular Homicide 2nd degree due to the death of a passenger in the vehicle accident that occurred Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  The passenger, Sandra Potts 37 years of age, died Thursday, July 27, 2017 as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident on Tuesday. 

 

Original story -- Cherokee County, Ga. July 26, 2017. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched Tuesday, July 25, 2017at 3:10 p.m. to a motor vehicle accident on Upper Bethany Rd at Damascus Road involving two vehicles. 

   The preliminary investigation showed that a white Ford Ranger, driven by Kenneth Williams 37 years of age of Ellijay, failed to yield at the intersection and was struck by an oncoming black Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Blake Sears 29 years of age of Ball Ground. 

Animal advocates demand changes at meeting, protest on the street

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Not going anywhere - Animal advocates say they intend to keep the pressure on with more protests and attendance at public meetings until changes are made at the county shelter.

There was no shortage of emotion at the July commissioners’ meeting, where animal rights advocates rallied around a former shelter employee and chided the board about what they say are “deplorable” conditions at the facility.

Unrest about the Pickens County Animal Shelter has been steady since assistant director Judy Moody was fired by commission chair Rob Jones on June 20th. Jones, who the animal activists accuse of cronyism, utilized the law in Georgia that allows employers to fire someone without giving reason. Jones simply said that Moody’s services were “no longer needed.” 

Read complete story and what our reporter found during a trip to the shelter in our print or e-edition this week.