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Miller faces even more charges
Jasper attorney Mark Miller
Counsel for Mark Miller had sought a hearing Friday to again request bond for the jailed Jasper lawyer and to also challenge indictments against him on the grounds they are too vague.
But the hearing ground to a halt after two hours with the court unable to take any substantive action in the complicated case involving dozens of charges of financial fraud and theft and a growing list of victims who were former clients of the well-known attorney.
(l-r)David French, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the National Retail Federation, presents Rep. Graves with the “Hero of Main Street” award along with Charles Miller, Group Vice President for Government and Public Affairs at Macy’s, Inc., December 7, 2016.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) received the “Hero of Main Street” award from the National Retail Federation for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry. Rep. Graves is part of a bipartisan group honored for their support on a wide range of issues including trade, infrastructure investment, tax reform and labor issues.
“It’s an honor to be named a ‘Hero of Main Street,’” said Rep. Graves. “The retail industry is a vital part of Georgia’s economy, and I’m proud to support free-market policies that help retailers in our communities thrive.”
UPDATE - the Pickens Sheriff reported on their Facebook page last night that Mr. Petti had been found deceased near his residence. The case remains under investigation.
Pickens deputies are combing the wooded areas near Pickens High School Friday for a missing 54-year-old who lived in the area and was reported missing on December 3rd.
Sheriff Donnie Craig emphasized that the search did not affect the school, nor students. They are concentrating in the wooded areas near the school.
Robert "Bob" Petti, of Scenic View Drive, had been missing for several days and it was originally believed he may have left his residence in a vehicle with someone else.
But his cell phone was discovered on the ground in the area, leading to the search of the vicinity.
Sheriff Craig said there no reason to suspect foul play. He said Petti was known to have some medical issues and they are searching the area near the school in the event he had gone out walking from his home and suffered a medical problem.
NOTE: this was the second missing person case in the county this year; the first one involving a missing man from the Preserve at Sharp Mountain is still ongoing.
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Press Rease from the Pickens County School District
Jasper, GA - The Pickens County School District announces the resignation of Mr. Shane Purdy as Principal of Pickens High School (PHS). Mr. Purdy previously served the district as Principal of Jasper Middle School.
"An unsuspected an unsolicited opportunity presented itself. After careful consideration, I felt it was the best decision for my family and me,' state Shane Purdy. "I wish to thank to Board of Education for allowing me the privelage to serve my community. It has truly been an honor."
Dr. Chad Flatt, current Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Instruction, and Counseling, will serve as interim principal until a permanant principal is named.
Dr. Chad Flatt, above, will serve as interim PHS Principal.
From Dr. Lula Mae Perry - sent December 7
To the Pickens County Community:
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Superintendent of Pickens County Schools. Having the opportunity to work on behalf of our students, staff, and the community will always be among my most heartfelt memories. I am extremely grateful for the wonderful encouragement you have given me during my tenure in Pickens. Allow me to share some things I know are true:
We have an outstanding school system with enormous potential. Our students are exceptional, bright, and creative.