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Pet owners charged with neglect but identity of dog shooter still unknown

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    In late January, two dogs were found shot in Waleska. One was disemboweled. Officials are still looking for the person(s) responsible for the shooting. 

From the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office


    On Wednesday, Jan. 27, two pit bull mix dogs were found shot to death along Friendship Road near Waleska, Ga.
    While the person(s) responsible for the shooting death of the dogs has not been identified and the case investigation is ongoing, awaiting necropsy and ballistic reports, the investigation into the deaths of the two dogs has resulted in the owners being charged with the following county ordinance violations; Two counts of Unrestrained Animal; Two counts of Animal Neglect/Inadequate Vet Care; and two counts Without Proof of Rabies Inoculation.
    Investigation revealed the dogs both suffered from neglect before they were shot and killed and not cared for in a manner that was humane and proper.
    The owners are identified as Brenda Louise Gravely of Canton, and Sarah Kerstetter, also of Canton.
    The investigation into this crime continues and anyone with information is asked to contact the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office.

West Price Creek Road closed after bridge deemed unsafe

bridge-at-price-creek-rd-west    The county says they are on the “fast track” to get West Price Creek Road reopened.
    A stretch of West Price Creek Road has been closed after a bridge over a stream was judged to be unsafe last week.
    The bridge, located about .5 miles from Highway 136, was closed Friday after DOT engineers advised the county it appeared unsafe for further vehicle use.

Most foster kids there because of parents’ meth abuse

Foster home numbers up some here, but more still needed   

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                Pickens DFCS Resource Developer Carla Poole works directly with foster parents

                                                           and kids in the county.

     There are two notes hanging on Pickens County DFCS Resource Developer Carla Poole’s office bookshelf, written in scribbled handwriting.
    One reads, “Ms. Carla, Thank you for helping me find my forever home.”
    The other, “Thank you for bringing me a brother.” 
    Right now there are 96 kids under the care of Pickens DFCS who want a stable home and family, whether it be one reunited with their biological parents or a new home with foster parents. Of those 96, a staggering 99.5 percent are from parents or caretakers who abuse methamphetamines.

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West Price Creek Road closed after rains damage bridge

WEST PRICE CREEK ROAD CLOSURE

Bridge Located ½ Mile From Hwy 136

Pickens County, GA, February 26, 2016– Due to the recent rains and flooding conditions, Pickens County will be closing West Price Creek Road indefinitely.

The bridge, located approximately ½ mile from Hwy 136, has sustained heavy damage to the structural integrity from recent rain events. Pickens County with assistance from Georgia Dept. of Transportation has determined that the bridge is in need of repairs to bring the structural integrity back to a safe condition.

Please use Trout Farm Road or East Price Creek Road as detours while West Price Creek Road is closed.

Pickens County will do everything we can to help expedite the repairs as we do understand the inconvenience to the citizens of that area.

 

County’s TAN holds steady at $5.5 million

     Pickens County Seal

     At a regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 18, the Pickens County Board of Commissioners approved a $5.5 million Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) for the 2016 fiscal year.
    TANs are short-term loans, which for several years have been used by the Pickens government to cover operating expenses, and have been the subject of much public criticism. TANs are typically taken out at the beginning of the year and must be paid off no later than December 31 of the same year.

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