• Vernon Jones visits Pickens Republican Party

    Jones

    JASPER, Ga. – Running for Governor in the State of Georgia, candidate Vernon Jones stopped by Pickens County and their local Republican Party meeting this week to discuss his campaign, Brian Kemp, racism, and the election. With words of encouragement on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, Jones told the over crowded Pickens Room in the bottom of […]

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  • Allen Wigington convicted of 44 felonies and 5 misdemeanors

    Judge Allen Wigington, indicted

    JASPER, Ga. – Arrested in January of 2020, former Chief Magistrate Judge for Pickens County, Allen Wigington was convicted recently on his charges racketeering, forgery, and theft. Now serving a 15 year total sentence. However, he is expected to only spend 5 years in prison. According to the state, Attorney General Chris Carr announced that […]

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  • Jasper discusses pay scale for city employees

    meetings, pay

    Jasper, Ga. – Since last winter, the City of Jasper has been discussing changes to its salaries and pay scale. Now, the city is seriously looking at a base rate of $13 per hour. In addition, council member Jim Looney said, as he began discussion on the topic, that he also wanted to look at […]

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  • City Council returns to open events in city with approvals

    Council

    JASPER, Ga. – Plans are now in motion in the city council to return to Fourth of July celebrations in Jasper this year. While last year the city didn’t hold fireworks and had other issues due to COVID restrictions, the council is looking to return this year with a two day event on Saturday, July […]

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  • IMPACT Pickens calls for resignations from Pickens BOE

    IMPACT Pickens

    JASPER, Ga. – In a meeting all there own, IMPACT Pickens, a group of citizens who have banded together against certain members of the Pickens Board of Education, called for resignation of Board Chairman Sue Finley. They did so with a large presentation showing text messages. The massive collection of 350 pages obtained through an […]

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  • Roberts resigns from Elections in face of House Bills

    Roberts Elections Supervisor

    JASPER, Ga. – Election Supervisor Julianne Roberts has formally tendered her resignation to Pickens County and has left the elections office closed this week. The Elections and Voter Registration office closed due to this resignation as well as, according to other reports, a second employee out for medical leave. While it has been stated that […]

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  • Pickens in recovery from storm damage

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    PICKENS COUNTY, Ga. – With schools completely shutdown today, March 26, 2021, citizens and authorities are out in force attempting to recover from the damages caused by last nights storm and tornadoes across North Georgia. Pickens did not suffer a tornado, but has suffered severe damage from the storm, flooding, and winds during the night. […]

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  • Wigington indicted by state in Pickens Superior Court

    Judge Allen Wigington, indicted

    JASPER, Ga. – The case of the State of Georgia vs. William Allen Wigington and Rosemary Taudte Wigington has moved forward this week as they were officially indicted by a Grand Jury in Pickens County on March 11, 2021. The indictment includes both Allen and Rosemary in the filing where it lists 58 counts against […]

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  • Gilmer Sheriff’s Deputy arrested for assault

    Sheriff's, Arrested

    JASPER, Ga. – Pickens County has released the charges against a Gilmer County Sheriff’s Deputy after he was arrested last night, January 31, 2021. According to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call regarding domestic violence at approximately 10:16 p.m. on January 31, 2021. Authorities are not releasing additional details about the […]

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  • Pickens BOE sets Interim Superintendent while negotiating with Townsend

    Superintendent

    JASPER, Ga. – The Pickens Board of Education held another emergency called meeting today for the Superintendent position, planned since their three-hour executive session on Friday. Today, however, saw a large increase in the number of people attending the meeting. The Board allowed 20 people inside along with press members while the excess citizens remained […]

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  • BOE confirms termination of Superintendent’s contract agenda

    Termination

    JASPER, Ga. – After a recent special called meeting of the Pickens County Board of Education ended after three hours in executive session, all indications pointed towards discussions of termination the Superintendent’s Contract with Dr. Rick Townsend. FYN reported on citizens comments and sources relaying information confirming this as the next step along with a […]

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  • Pickens County Election Results

    results

    ELLIJAY, Ga. – With no precincts open late and a smooth run throughout the day, Pickens County’s election results are recorded here for the three races including two senate seats and the District 4 Public Service Commission seat.   U.S. Senate race: David Perdue – 12,601 Jon Ossoff – 2,548   U.S. Senate Unexpired Term: […]

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  • Pickens County polls on track to close at 7 with high turnout

    pickens election, polls

    PICKENS COUNTY, Ga. – Pickens County Elections are progressing smoothly at the polls today according to Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts who reported no major issues in the day. Speaking with FYN, Roberts said that they day has progressed smoothly at the precincts and with the central office despite having issues with COVID-19 exposures in the […]

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  • BKP speaks with Republican Senator David Perdue

    Mere days before the run-off election deciding the Georgia’s Senate seats for this term, David Perdue (R), current Senator and incumbent candidate, is preparing for the final push up to election day. Counties across the state have reported record turn-outs for voting during 2020 and it looks like this election will see more voters than […]

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  • BOE updates Distance Learning and Calendar Survey

    Learning

    JASPER, Ga. – With focused consideration for students “not on track” in classwork, the Pickens County Board of Education heard an update on Distance Learning from Curriculum Director Anita Walker. Pickens is returning as many students as possible to in-person learning rather than virtual learning. Walker noted that they have had students “not-on-track” returning to […]

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  • Rosemary Wigington arrested same day as husband Allen Wigington indicted

    JASPER, Ga. – Official records from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office have confirmed the arrest of one Rosemary Wigington and booking into the Pickens County Adult Detention Center. Arrested earlier today on two counts of Theft by Taking, Rosemary Wigington was incarcerated, according to the warrant placed for her arrest, with a $50,000 bond. Today […]

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