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2015 officer-involved shooting case may reach Supreme Court

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GBI agents processing the crime scene at the home on Carver Mill Road after 2015 standoff and shooting.

     A case from 2015 in which Pickens deputies shot and killed a Carver Mill Road man has been heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The court found that officers entered the man’s property unconstitutionally and seized him unlawfully, violating his Fourth Amendment rights. 

The defense has now petitioned the case be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court.

        See this week's print or online editions for full story, which includes comments from both plaintiffs and defense attorneys. 

Jones’ working lunches draw fire: Commissioner defends expense as part of job

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        One page from a year’s worth of Rob Jones’ credit card bills obtained by David Shouse and posted on his commission chair campaign website.

        A release of Commission Chair Rob Jones’ credit card statements for the past year by a rival candidate on Facebook show the county’s top elected official dined often at taxpayer’s expense.

While there were a few other items on the card, including car washes, the vast majority were at restaurants.

         See this week's print or online editions for the story which includes comments from both David Shouse and Commissioner Rob Jones. 

Grandview Lake project clears big EPD hurdle


       Jasper has laid new waterline to this point on Grandview Road, and will eventually connect to the county’s new water treatment plant.

        The Grandview Lake project, which will allow the county to withdraw  333,000 gallons of water a day, received critical approval from the Environmental Protection Division last week. 

“This was definitely one of the biggest hurdles we’ve gotten over,” said Pickens County Director of Utilities Phillip Dean.

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

MyKenzie Weaver passes 2,000 total points

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photos/Robin Dunn MyKenzie Weaver coming down the court against LaFayette. Not much has slowed down this PHS senior who passed the 2,000 point mark for the Nettes last week, something that has been done just one other time in school history.

        The Nettes basketball team took on the Lady Ramblers of LaFayette last Friday night in a region game.  

The girls jumped out early on LaFayette, outscoring them 23-8 in the first quarter. The Lady Ramblers would answer back in the second frame, but could not surmount the deficit. The Nettes led at halftime by a score of 28-21. Both teams came out of the locker room firing on offense. The Lady Ramblers still found themselves trailing by five points going into the fourth quarter. 

Read more: MyKenzie Weaver passes 2,000 total points

County financials for 2019 presented

         Summary budget numbers for the period ending December 31, 2019 were presented at the Thursday, January 16 commissioners meeting. These numbers are for the entire fiscal year of 2019, but are not finalized. 

“There may be additional accruals and adjustments to the FY 2019 budget before our annual audit is completed,” Pickens CFO Faye Harvey said in an email. 

Percentages reflect 100 percent of the yearly operating budget. Total expenditures for 2019 are tentatively $27,839,268 or 98.59% of the budget. 

In the email, Harvey also commented about a few of the departments that were over budget.

        See full story in this week's print or onilne editions

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