Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 3/29 – 4/4

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 3/22 – 3/28

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Fetch Your News Interviews Pickens Commission Chair on COVID-19 Response

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JASPER, Ga. – Fetch Your News CEO Brian Pritchard held an interview with Pickens County Commission chair Rob Jones regarding the county’s response of COVID-19 on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Jones started off by stating that this ordinance was an 11 page document, intended mostly as a reminder to get people to understand how serious the virus is.

He states that not included in the shutdown are things such as grocery stores, drug stores, healthcare services, gas stations, drive thrus at banks, building supplies, auto parts, restaurants for takeout or curbside, liquor stores, etc.

The ordinance is available through Tuesday, April 7, 2020, and is planned to go void unless the health system of Pickens an Georgia directs them to do something else at that time.

Why liquor stores?
Jones says that this is because withdrawals may occur in certain individuals who have become dependent on alcohol, and that hospitals would further take a hit if those individuals were unable to obtain their alcohol.

Groups of 10 or more aren’t allowed while the ordinance is in place.

Even outside government agencies such as the road department have been split into smaller groups to aid in stopping the spread of the virus.

Jones says this ordinance encourages people to stay home, but, isn’t mandatory, as asked by Pritchard during the interview. Jones says that they understand people must go out to the grocery store, visit the bank, etc.

When asked whether or not Jones knows if those who are listed as infected in the county are from Pickens, he responded that they are residences of the county, but that one of the individuals is in a hospital south of the county, with another self-quarantined in their home, though he’s currently unaware of the status of the other two.

A video of the entire interview may be viewed below!:

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 3/15 – 3/21

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

 

Two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pickens

Community, News
Peace Officer Child Molestation

The Georgia Department of Health has confirmed two cases in Pickens County. Continue to check back for more details as they become available.

For more COVID-19 news, check here.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 3/8 – 3/14

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 2/29 – 3/7

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Jasper tables zoning for further inspection

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JASPER, Ga. – Looking deeper into the rezoning ordinances, one application is drawing attention in Jasper as the owner, Wayne Reece, works with county and is potentially looking at reworking the housing project at 26 Hickory Street because of it.

Wayne Reece speaks to the Jasper City Council about the rezoning of his property at 26 Hickory Street.

Wayne Reece speaks to the Jasper City Council about the rezoning of his property at 26 Hickory Street.

The topic seemed to be stalling at first as council member Dr. Sonny Proctor originally questioned the project saying that he was not happy with the way the plans were looking. Proctor said he has great interest in historical architecture and the project as it was originally presented as “small lots with craftsman type hopes that I was very much intrigued by.”

However, Proctor then said that the project has evolved into something different. He said the project is compliant with current codes and zones, but it was not exactly the project he was excited about. Reflecting on the original appearances of the concept of the buildings, it did not correlate with some of the needs identified for the city.

Proctor said they are continuing to work on the “environment” in zoning and working with the community to accomplish these plans. He said he wanted to see the project go forward, but with some revisit to the plans in order to get the project back to where it started.

Reece replied saying, “I am certainly willing to request that you table this for 30 days. I am happy to meet with you individually to explain this. My concept is more on the lines of traditional neighborhood development where people can live close to places that they walk to. And so that we, in fact, reduce traffic and improve livability.”

Reece said that he has worked with the city before and they have worked with him on projects. He noted that the project was within the scope of the city’s comprehensive plan and codes. He went on to say the his proposed building is “in sync with historical architecture” but also interested in details, opposing things like “flat windows” or “narrow shutters” against the wall without hinges. He wants a positive statement for the community in this project and said he wants the city to work with him on sorting out the project.

Consulting City Attorney David Syfan on several parts of the issue, the motion for the tabling came down from council member Kirk Raffield to table the item to the May 4 meeting to also hold another public hearing for the rezoning.

VA Clinic to open in the spring, after hurdles

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VA Clinic in Jasper

The Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in the Shops of Jasper shopping center should open be open by June after a five years of work .

It’s been a long, trying road for the VA Clinic (Veteran’s Administration) to open in Jasper, but for David Shouse, some of the hardest parts of the process wasn’t the bureaucratic red tape.

“Listening to the stories really got me,” said Shouse, who owns the Shops of Jasper shopping center where the VA Clinic will be.

And seeing the frustration for the veterans has hit hard, he said. The VA Clinic, still not open after five years, has veteran’s stopping by daily, hoping to get an appointment. According to the VA Public Affairs spokesperson, Kendall Gregory, the clinic has an anticipated opening date of late May or early June.

Shouse tells of one gentleman, in his 80s, who jumped out of his car, with all his service papers in hand while he was on the site in January of this year.

“I asked if I could help him and he said he was here to register,” Shouse recalled. “I told him he couldn’t do that yet. We’d be open in maybe two months.

“He said ‘I won’t live two months.’ That got me in my gut.”

How it began

The journey of the VA Clinic began in July 2015, when Shouse noticed a group of people, wearing suits, in the Shops of Jasper parking lot, so he pulled in and began talking to them.

They were from the VA Administration and were looking for a place to establish a new clinic in the Northwest Georgia area.

“Farmer’s Furniture was interested in leasing it, but I took the information, formulated a bid and sent it in,” he said.

It was the start of a frustrating and painfully slow trip.

“We literally went months with no contact from them,” said Shouse.

shouse

David Shouse said building the VA Clinic in Jasper has been trying but is excited to provide the facility for veterans.

He contacted the VA in July of 2016 that he’d been awarded the contact–in December 2015. It would be October 2018 before remodeling could begin. At one point, he emailed President Donald Trump and the Director of the Veteran’s Affairs. Those measures started the ball rolling, somewhat.

“Government contracts like this have timelines, where the landlord has to meet certain parts of the contract by those dates,” he explained. “Some of those dates had passed before we even knew we had the contract.”

He said the government was exempt from those time restraints, but landlord was required to meet them and it was the government’s slow pace that kept delayed the VA Clinic from coming to fruition.

Breaking ground on the VA Clinic

“It was two years after the lease was signed before we even got the blueprints,” Shouse said recalled.

Gregory said there are several factors involved, but the VA usually anticipates a start to finish time of 18 months to four years. December 2019 would be four years since the bid was approved and July 2020 would be four years since Shouse was notified of the winning the bid.

Some of the delays took so long that many though VA Clinic had fallen through. Word got out that there was a lien on the property and the clinic wouldn’t be able to open. Although there was a lien, Shouse said, it was a typical issue that was quickly resolved and never impacted the project. Still, the rumors combined with the slow progresses was tough.

“(The veterans) would call city hall and the Chamber of Commerce to get answers and they wouldn’t have any,” he said.

Even now, with all the major work completed, the VA continues to alter the specs originally sent to Shouse.

“We’ve had to go back and add nurse call lights in the bathrooms and other areas,” he said. “But they didn’t have those in the original specs.”

Even when the VA added them, they were not forthcoming with where or how many they wanted.

The flooring needed to be changed because officials wanted more color.

Those changes cost time and money, he said.

“People were thinking I was making a killing with a four-million dollar contract, but the government doesn’t pay for anything. The contract is all-inclusive,” he said.

The total amount of the contract was a little over four-million, but from that, he had to cover the construction cost — “well north of a half-million,” weekly cleaning at $30,000/year or $300,000 for the ten-year contract, power and water. The landlord also has to provide the VA Clinic with items like garbage bags and hand soap.

The landlord is also responsible for the water upgrades. Standard code stated that the facility needed 3/4-inch water pipes, but once the VA informed him of how many sinks, toilets and water heaters were needed, the pipes and meter had to be upgraded, out of the original monies.

“The meter was $18,000 and the two-inch pipes were $20,000,” he said.

And some things like the 12-foot drop ceilings that Shouse thought the VA would be okay with were already in place, but, the VA later came back and wanted them changed.

“They wanted them lowered to nine-foot,” he said, adding that cost another $50,000.”

Building relations: the impact the VA Clinic will have on the area

Despite the frustrations, Shouse said he began to see how much this clinic meant for local veterans as he and the contractors interacted with them daily during the remodeling.

“They would stop by and want to find out when it was opening,” he said. “They wanted to tell their battle stories.”

Even during this interview, two veterans stopped by to inquire to the opening.Those moments became special to him and reminding him what he was doing.

VA Clinic

Larry and Patty McMorton talk about his Air Force service and how excited they are to have a VA Clinic in the area.

“We’re very anxious for it to open,” said Patty McMorton, who stopped by the clinic with her husband, Air Force veteran Larry. They live in Henry County and plan to receive treatment at the clinic.

“It really got to me. Some of these veterans couldn’t get medical care because they couldn’t afford to drive to Atlanta VA Clinic,” he said. “Often, they would get there only to find out their appointment had been changed or they’d been kicked to another doctor.”

He hopes this facility will remedy some of that.

“It will be able to provide service to 6,000 veterans,” he said, adding that Pickens County is the home of 3,000 veterans.

Gregory said the clinic will employ 55 federal employees and bring in an anticipated revenue of $4.4 million annually.

“This is probably the biggest project since Wal-Mart,” said Shouse.

Keeping perspective

“We live in the greatest country on this planet, hands down. To me, the battle (these men and women) face overseas is nothing compared to the battle they face once they come home. It’s changed my tune on how I plan my donations and projects and how I will leave some of my fortune,” he said.

He said the VA didn’t require a flag at this facility because it was not a stand alone, but Shouse said he wanted a flag there, one that could be seen, so he had one installed.

flag at va clinic

The United States Flag was not mandated for the new VA Clinic because it isn’t a stand-alone facility, but Shouse said he wanted one there.

Shouse said he didn’t serve due, but wished he had, having been disqualified at the time due to him having his General Equivalcy Diploma instead of a high school diploma. He made the choice at the time to get his GED after being suspended from school during the last semester of his senior year. Until then, he’d been looking hard at the Navy.

“In hind sight, I wish I would have served our country. I’m serving those who did, now,” he said. “Spend a day with a World War Two veteran and listen to their stories. They didn’t have the technology we do today so when something broke, they had to use what was available and what they knew to fix it. They have my upmost respect.”

The VA Clinic should open between May and June.

For the latest Pickens County news, visit here.

Check back for a video feature on the VA Clinic.

 

 

 

 

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 2/23 – 2/29

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Janie H. Pauley: Obituary

Obituaries

Mrs. Janie H. Pauley, age 85 of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Monday, February 24, 2020 at her home.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia L. Long; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy G. and Jennifer Pauley; grandchildren, Graham, Owen, and Ella Pauley of Milton; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fernell H. and Arta Elizabeth Overby Handy; husband, Otis Graham Pauley; son, Teddy B. Heath; brothers, Clyde, Ben, Bernard, Herbert and Harry Handy; sisters, Betty Barrow and Evelyn Compton.

She was a graduate of Averett University in Danville, Virginia; and retired from Lucent Technologies in Atlanta, Georgia.

No Service is planned at this time.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.

To send flowers to the family of Janie Ernestine Pauley, please visit Tribute Store.

Donald Eugene Gravitt: Obituary

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Donald Eugene Gravitt, age 81 of Calhoun, Georgia, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 at his home. He was born May 27, 1938 to Lee and Augusta Gravitt in Rockmart, Georgia. He proudly served his country in the United States Army, was a member of Sonoraville Masonic Lodge, and was a bailiff with the Gordon County Court System.

Don is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth Gravitt of Calhoun; daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Glen Moody of Canton; grandchildren, Emily Johnson of Ranger, Tim and Ellie Moody of Fairmount, Leah Moody of Canton, Cade Johnson of Ranger; brother-in-law, William Cantrell of Jasper; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Ken Aaron of Jasper, Mary and Gerald Aaron of Jasper. Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive. He was preceded in death by his brothers and sister.

Funeral Services will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Sharptop Baptist Church with Reverend Glen Moody and Reverend Kenneth Kirk officiating. Interment will follow in the Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery with Brother Darrell Morris in charge.

The family will be receiving friends in his community at Newtown Baptist Church, Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and at Roper Funeral Home and Crematory, Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.

Online condolences may be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com.

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Philip O’Bryant: Obituary

Obituaries

Mr. Philip O’Bryant, age 67 of Jasper, passed away Monday, February 24, 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Mr. O’Bryant is survived by his wife: Jane O’Bryant of Jasper; son & daughter-in-law: Mathew & Hannah O’Bryant of Jasper; brother & sister-in-law: Eddie & Nancy O’Bryant of Cumming; several nieces and nephews.

Philip was preceded in death by his parents: Weldon & Evelyn O’Bryant and infant son, Philip Thomas O’Bryant.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 26, 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM, Thursday from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM until the funeral hour.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev. Stacy Smith and Rev. Jason Satterfield officiating.

Interment will be at Ophir Baptist Church, immediately following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Mathew O’Bryant, Josh O’Bryant, James Satterfield, Nick Holt, Greg Moss and Mark Fountain. Honorary pallbearers: Todd Coleman, Stanley Brown, Larry Jones, Joey Jones and Donald Allen.

The family will accept flowers or donations can be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the O’Bryant family.

Evelyn Brooks West: Obituary

Obituaries

Mrs. Evelyn Brooks West, age 59 of Canton passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Seasons Hospice in Cumming, GA.

Mrs. West is survived By Her husband: Tony West of Canton. Stepsons and wife’s: Terry & Ashley West of Canton, Cory and Allison West of Decatur and Cody & Paisley Ingram of Talking Rock. Daughters and Sons-in-law: Misty & Justin Burnett of Jasper and Beverly & Jason Burnett of Free Home. Stepdaughter and husband: Tonya & Tony Kellogg of Ball Ground. Brothers and Sisters-in-law: Randall & Juanita Brooks of Marble Hill, Ronnie & Paula Brooks of Cumming and Bobby & Debbie Brooks of Ball Ground. Sister and Brother-in-law: Kathy & Gary Evans of Marble Hill and Sister-in-law: Dale Brooks of Marble Hill. Also she is survived by sixteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents: Hoyt & Willie Grace Brooks and twin brother: Eddy Brooks.

The family will be receiving friends Monday, February 24 from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Tuesday, February 25 from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM and Wednesday, February 26 from 11:00 AM until the funeral hour.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Corinth Baptist Church. Rev. Richie Gibbs and Rev. Cody Ingram officiating.

Interment will be in the Corinth Baptist Church cemetery immediately following the funeral services.

Pallbearers: William Evans, Nathan Brooks, Zach Martin, Chris Martin, Terry West and Cory West.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Jessie Burnett for the Climbing Higher Fund.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the West family.

Joan Holden: Obituary

Obituaries

Ms. Joan Holden, age 76 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at her residence.

Ms. Holden is survived by her son & daughter-in-law: Lamar & Ruth Holden of Jasper; daughters & sons-in-law: Linda & Stephen Cantrell of Jasper and Lynn & Randall Gilreath of Talking Rock; brother & sister-in-law: Gene & Glenda Chapman of Nelson; sister & brother-in-law: Gail & Jackie Jarrett of Nelson; sisters: Louise Stokes of Canton and Hazel Stokes of Fort Valley; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday February 27, 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Friday, 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM until the funeral hour.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Steven Chapman, Rev. Steve Chadwick, Rev. Leroy Kelley, Rev. John Holloway and Rev. John Padgett, officiating.

Interment will be at Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Scott Jordan, Ronald Matthews, Anthony Matthews, Eben Matthews, Mark Eubanks, Ricky Eubanks, Harold Collier, Daryl Collier and Katie Hutson. Honorary pallbearer: Shane Popham.

The family will accept flowers, or donations can be made to Nelson Baptist Church or Bethesda Baptist Church in memory of Joan.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Holden family.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 2/8 – 2/15

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