Pickens County woman has died due to COVID-19

Health, News
COVID-19

DALTON, Ga. –Pickens County continues to have seven cases of COVID-19, as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Georgia Department of Health. The health department updates figures at noon and 7p.m. each day.

Pickens County has one death from the virus. A 77-year-old woman with underlying health issues died last week.

Numbers in neighboring episodes:

Gordon: 18; 1 death-78-year-old male with underlying health issues

Whitfield: 14; 1 death-93-year-old male with underlying health issues

Murray: 5

Fannin: 5

 

PREVIOUSLY

A Pickens County woman has died from COVID-19, according to reports from emergency managament. Although no name could be released, John Nicholson, Director of Emergency Management for Pickens County, said the woman was 77-years-old.

“We didn’t transport her, the family did,” said Nicholson.

Another woman in her 60’s, from Cherokee County also died of the disease, which has claimed the lives of 56 Georgians, according to the Georgia Department of Health, which updates it’s numbers at noon and 7 p.m daily. Both women were in an undisclosed hospital.

The North Georgia Health District, which is comprised of Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties, has 58 cases, including the two who died. Cherokee County has 46 cases, Whitfield County has six cases, Pickens four, and Fannin two. Statewide, there are 1,643 cases. Of those, 56 have died and 509 are hospitalized.

The Health District works closely with Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) epidemiology to identify close contacts of all confirmed cases and provide the appropriate recommendations.

How the public can help:

  • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential.Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • North Georgia Health District is coordinating with healthcare providers to determine if testing requests meet criteria for testing.
  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your doctor first.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Practice thorough personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid large gatherings of more than 10 people and maintain social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet away from others
  • Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check the Health District’s website here or follow us on social media.

As we anticipate more cases, the North Georgia Health District will not issue press releases for each individual case. Updates will be posted on the Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Daily Status Report here  at 12 PM and 7 PM and will be shared on the Health District’s social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For now, Nicholson encourages everyone to continue self-isolation, social distancing and hand washing.

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The North Georgia Health District has received notice that residents in Cherokee and Pickens counties, who had previously been listed in the Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Daily Status Report as confirmed cases, have now sadly passed away.

The Cherokee County resident was a female in her 60s, and the Pickens County resident was a female in her 70s. Both were hospitalized at the time of death with underlying health conditions.

These are the first deaths in the North Georgia Health District of residents who had been confirmed as being infected with COVID-19. The Health District is comprised of Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield counties.

At the time of this announcement, county-by-county numbers of confirmed cases so far in the Health District included:

  • Cherokee County: 46 (including the death)
  • Fannin: 2
  • Pickens: 4 (including the death)
  • Whitfield: 6

The Health District works closely with Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) epidemiology to identify close contacts of all confirmed cases and provide the appropriate recommendations.

How the public can help:

  • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • North Georgia Health District is coordinating with healthcare providers to determine if testing requests meet criteria for testing.
  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your doctor first.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Practice thorough personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid large gatherings of more than 10 people and maintain social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet away from others
  • Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check the Health District’s website (http://bit.ly/COVID19-Updates-NorthGA) or follow us on social media.

As we anticipate more cases, the North Georgia Health District will not issue press releases for each individual case. Updates will be posted on the Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Daily Status Report at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report at 12 PM and 7 PM and will be shared on the Health District’s social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

See the press release document here. First Confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) Deaths in Health District Cherokee and Pickens County Residents – Press Release

Pickens declares state of emergency; candidates weigh in

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Pickens Board of Commissioners

Pickens County declared a state of emergency in an emergency called meeting on Tuesday. This allows the Pickens County Office of Emergency Management to activate the emergency operations plan, specifically, Chapter 22, Civil Emergencies, located in the Pickens County Code of Ordinances to be put into place.

“What this document will do,” Rob Jones, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said, “is to remind people of the condition we are in.”

Pickens declares emergency

Pickens County has issued a Declaration of Emergency, allowing only essential businesses to remain operative while encouraging people who can to work from home.

Four people in Pickens County have contracted COVID-19, according the Georgia Department of Health. So far, 1097 people in Georgia have been infected and 38 have died while 361 are hospitalized.

We are the only hospital for several counties,” said Jones. “We have to do something to not get overrun.”

What it means

The declaration states that “all individuals currently living within unincorporated boundaries of Pickens County, Georgia (the “County”) shall shelter at their place of residence.”

“All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses.” These functions are described in section 10 of the document and states these are activities or tasks necessary for health and safety.

According to a press release, the “shelter in place” directive will limit personal contact. The Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Health encourage people to shelter in place and to practice “social distancing”– remaining six-feet apart for others.

All businesses, except Essential Businesses are required to stop except “Minimum Basic Operations.” The declaration clarified this businesses may continue to operate if their employees and contractors work at home.

What are Essential businesses

Essential businesses include:

Healthcare, including pharmacies, drug stores.

Grocery stores, certified farmers markets, produce and farm stands, food banks, convenient stores, any store selling canned, dry or fresh foods.

Food cultivation including farming, livestock and fishing.

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Restaurants in the county are required to become to-go only per the recent Declaration of Emergency signed by the Pickens Board of Commissioners.

Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or needy individuals.

Newspapers, television, radio and other media services.

Auto sales, gas stations, auto-supply, auto-repair and other related services.

Banks and related financial institutions.

Hardware stores.

Construction and maintenance service providers.

Mailing and shipping services.

Educational institutions for distance learning.

Laundromats, dry cleaners and other laundry services.

Restaurants and other that prepare and serve food, restricted to carry-out.

Businesses that supply products for those working at home.

Businesses and manufacturers that supply other essential business with the suport supplies neccessary to operate.

Services that ship goods directly to residences.

Airlines, taxis, car rentals and private transportation providers.

Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children.

Residential facilities.

Professional services.

Childcare facilities.

Retail liquor, beer, and wine stores.

Food manufacturers and distribution centers.

“We’re wanting to keep as many businesses open as possible,” said Jones.

Jones said the decision to declare an emergency comes after meetings with health officials. He said Piedmont Mountainside Hospital reached out to several civic leaders in phone meetings, including administration, public health, and the sheriff’s department to update each other’s respective offices.

“It’s worked out very well,” said Jones of the system.

Repercussions

While Jones doesn’t think it will be necessary to involve law enforcement–he is confident the residents of Pickens County will continue to do their best to adhere to the suggestions, the measure does give the county the power to step in.

“I don’t think it will come to that. The public is already doing the best they can in this particular time of history,” he said. “Maybe this will be a helpful- little wake up call.”

Observations from the campaign trial

One candidate doesn’t agree with the move, saying it’s just reiterating with Governor Brian Kemp said earlier.

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David Shouse, candidate for Chairman of the Pickens Board of Commissioners, said he felt the declaration of emergency was simply rehashing what Governor Brian Kemp had done.

“I think it came across as a fear tactic,” said David Shouse, who is running against Jones in November’s election. “It caused a lot of confusion and anxiety with the citizens. I would have handled it in an entirely different way.”

For instance, Shouse said he wouldn’t have “waited weeks into this pandemic to address my community.”

Kris Stancil, another candidate for Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said that while he may not agree with everything that has or has not been done “a time of crisis is not the time to jump in and criticize.”

Kris Stancil

Kris Stancil, candidate for Pickens County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, says he supports any measure that will help save lives and take care of people.

Stancil also said he isn’t privy to the information current commissioners have when they make decisions but his focus is helping people, so if the declaration helps, then he supports it.

“The more we can all stand united in difficult times, laying opinions and politics aside, the more we can accomplish in my number one objective, taking care of the people.”

Jones said the move was necessary. “We’ll do what we can to keep our lifestyle sustainable, but we have to start right.”

“As precarious as this time is, we are trying to keep people safe,” Jones said. “Common sense must prevail. Don’t panic.”

He said departments such as roads and building inspectors are still operational, but have separated into teams so if one team gets sick, they will have someone available for necessary county work.

“All the government entities are running, there is just no public access to the building,” he said.

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UPDATED: 10 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Pickens County

Community, News

Jasper, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) confirmed that there are now 10 cases and two deaths of Covid-19 in Pickens County in its Tuesday, April 7 report at 7 p.m.

At this time, Fetch Your News does not have any additional details about these cases.  We will bring you updates as soon as information is available for the public.

The total cases in Georgia as of the April 7, 7 p.m. update is now total number of confirmed cases 9,156 with 1,899 hospitalized, and 348 deaths.

There has been one Covid-19 related death reported in Pickens County. You can read about this case by clicking the link: Pickens County Woman Has Died Due To Covid-19

UPDATE : Four Confirmed Cases

There are now four confirmed cases in COVID-19, according to the Georgia Department of Health, up from two this morning. So far, the state of Georgia has 800 cases and 26 deaths, as of 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. The website updates at noon and 7 p.m. daily.

There are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pickens County, according to the Georgia Department of Health, up from two this morning. So far, the state of Georgia has 800 cases and 26 deaths, as of 7 p.m. Monday, March 23. The website updates at noon and 7 p.m. daily.

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There are now two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pickens County. One is a male currently quarantined in an undisclosed hospital while a female is quarantined at home, according to Rob Jones, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for Pickens County.

The unidentified man works part-time at Mountain Education Charter High School. He was last on site was March 9. Jones said he has been updated on the situation and the man was not around any students.

“He worked one-and-half hours to three hours in the evenings,” he said.

Jones said there are no plans to change how the county is dealing with the Coronavirus.

“We’ve had pandemic guidelines since 2007, when Avian flu came out,” he said. The guidelines were created by health and government officials and guide officials on what steps should be taken. Jones said they are periodically updated.

Currently, all government offices are closed to the public. The courthouse remains open, but visitors must disinfect prior to entering.

Jones said they have cancelled some meetings and holding special called meetings. The Board of Commissioners are meeting for a work

twp confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pickens County

Facebook post informing the public of one of the cases of COVID-19 made by Mountain Education Charter School. They noted the mistake in the date.

session on Thursday at 10 a.m. He intends to call for a special called meeting at the same time, in order to handle some zoning cases.

“It is open to the public,” Jones said. “Legally, we have to have it open or we’re in violation of Sunshine Laws.”

Jones said they have trimmed the meetings down to just business, eliminating the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer. Nor will they take questions from the public, trimming the meeting down to an estimated 10 minutes. Those attending the meeting should enter through the side door directly into the meeting room.

“Residents can call us at the office,” he said. Jones added that the two cases are cause for concern, but the biggest concern is those who don’t know they have it.

For previous coverage, read here.

Post from Mountain Education Charter High School

According to a post on the school’s website, the employee was last on site was March 9 and reminded those who may have been in contact to follow the standard precautions for 14 days. The site will be thoroughly cleaned before students or staff are allowed back.

Pickens Mountain Education Charger High School is a school that serves students who do not strive in traditional class settings. Classes are held at night and are self-paced. They will continue on-line learning Monday through Thursday from 4-9 p.m. Only current students can access the online learning platform. They are not taking any students currently.

two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pickens

There are now two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pickens County, including a part-time employee at Mountain Education Charter School

Mountain Education Charter High School learned earlier today that a central office employee was tested for the Coronavirus. Results from the test can take up to 72 hours and we will inform everyone as we get more information. Please understand that this is NOT a confirmed case of the virus. All MECHS employees were informed to stay home and keep their distance from parents, grandparents, and elderly populations until the test results come back. This is not a time for panic, but a time for wisdom. Be smart, keep your distance from other people, wash your hands religiously, and monitor yourself and children for any symptoms. Working together as a community, we can minimize the effects of the virus. Once we learn the results of the test, a decision on what school will look like for the next 3 weeks will be made and passed on to you. MECHS will send additional information via REMIND messages and post updates to our website.According to a post from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, they were made aware of a confirmed case from a staff member of the Pickens Mountain Education Charter High School for COVID-19.

To see the post, click here.

Follow the Georgia Department of Health’s updated data here.

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.

Piedmont Mountainside to install a trailer to assist ER

Press Release
mountainside to install trailer

Piedmont Mountainside Hospital plans to install a trailer to provide services for those who don’t have respiratory symptoms.

Piedmont Mountainside plans to install a trailer at the hospital, expanding their emergency department. According to Sheriff Donnie Craig, who released the information, this move is precautionary “if the need arises.”

“This trailer will not be a testing center,” said Craig in the press release.

The trailer will be reserved for people who aren’t displaying respiratory symptoms and provide a way for people who don’t have those symptoms to be isolated from those who do.

Craig also reminded residents to call ahead and provide symptoms when scheduling a time to be tested. He states that testing centers will expand and must follow guidelines. Information on where those new centers are located will be released when they become available.

“The most important thing people can do to slow the spread is to stay home and away from gathering of people as much as possible,” Craig said.

He posted a video on the department’s Facebook. To view the video, watch here.

“The video is several minutes long and may appear to be directed toward younger people, but it is extremely helpful in understanding the measures that are being taken,” said Craig.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has updated numbers of cases throughout the State of Georgia and show 287 statewide positive confirmations with 10 deaths reported. Currently there are zero reported cases in Pickens County.

Craig added they will continue to monitor the situation.

Georgia’s law makers are in self-isolation after one of their own tested positive. Read how they are taking it one step at a time.

Local businesses come together to help

Community
pickens county closings public health emergency

JASPER, Ga.–Two local businesses have teamed up to help both businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sharp Top Social Media is partnering with The Old Mulehouse to #supportjasper by encouraging patrons who go out to eat to first, tip their server more than usual, then to purchase a gift card to that establishment. The next time they dine out, they leave that server a tip and the previously purchased gift card while also purchasing a gift card from that establishment.

“I’m passionate about small business,” said Taree Darby, owner of Sharp Top Social Media. “So when Old Mule House reached out to me to see what we could do, I was all for it.”

They are seeing success. Many small businesses are reposting and encouraging everyone to get involved.

“We’re really coming together in an amazing way,” said Darby.

She said the idea was based on a post by Jeff Dollars, who encouraged his followers to tip extra and buy a gift card to pass to the next server the patron has.

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Two local businesses in Pickens County hope to help by encouraging the public to help local restaurants during the COVID-19 shutdown.

What the schools are doing

Pickens County schools are providing meals for students during the COVID-19 shutdown. The schools will be closed from Monday, March 16-Friday, March 27 to prevent the spread of the highly contagious illness.According to a press release issued, the school system will make a decision on Thursday, March 26, on whether the danger has passed sufficiently to reopen.

For more information, check their website here.

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Pickens County Schools are offering the above pick-up times and locations to help students get fed during the COVID-19 shutdown.

County government offices closed to the public

The Pickens County government has also announced that the county administrative offices will be closed to the public during the same time frame. Although residents will not be allowed to enter the buildings, alternate forms of business communication will be available. For instance, residents can use the drop boxes on the front and side of the buildings to pay taxes and their water bill as

hope to help

The Pickens County courthouse released this statement concerning their procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

well as paying online. The staff will be in the office to answer phones.

Check the county’s website here.

Chief Judge Brenda S. Weaver entered a Declaration of Judicial Emergency for Pickens, Gilmer, and Fannin counties. They are continuing with non-essential court for the next 30-days, but encourage precaution and asking the public to limit visits to the courthouse.

The Pickens County Recreation department has also cancelled all events through March. For a complete listing, check their calendars here.

Govenor Kemp authorizes activation of the Georgia National Guard in response to COVID-19. Read the story here.

 

Jasper Middle School Students Serve Up Tasty Dish in Competition

Community, Dragon's Corner
JMS Cooking Competition Team
JMS Cooking Competition Team 2

Carly and Isaac with their dish.

The Georgia School Nutrition Program’s Fueling Georgia’s Future offered an opportunity for students to put their cooking talents to work by competing in the Student Chef Competition open to Georgia’s Middle School and High School Students.

Pickens County was represented by cooking duo, Carly Patterson and Isaac Kuyper.
Their coach is JMS Cooking Club sponsor, Ms. Charlene Stirewalt. Carly and Isaac were among only 8 teams of students from around the state selected to compete by cooking their dish of parmesan herb sweet potato hash browns.

While they were not selected as one of the top three in the state, they had a great time showing off their talents at Helms College in Macon on February 20, 2020. The Dragon Duo’s tasty recipe will be available to all school nutrition programs around the state for incorporating into their school menus.

Congratulations to Carly and Isaac, as well as to their Cooking Club sponsor, Ms.
Stirewalt. We are proud of your efforts and look forward to seeing your item on our local
school menus!

Pickens County fatal fire ruled accidental

News, Press Release

ATLANTA – Around 4:00 A.M. on the morning of February 9, the Pickens County Fire Department
responded to a residential fire located off of Derby Lane in Jasper, Georgia. After extinguishment,
emergency personnel discovered the body of Katheryn Patrice Singer Avery, 66, in the basement of the
home.

“The 2,000 square-foot, single-story home was nearly destroyed by the blaze. Most of the top floor had
collapsed into the basement by the time extinguishment efforts began,” said Insurance and Safety Fire
Commissioner John F. King. “Though it cannot be directly linked to starting the fire, careless smoking while
in use of oxygen is likely to have played a role in the cause.”
The body of the deceased was turned over to the GBI Crime Lab, where an autopsy is set to be performed.
Two other individuals were able to escape the home, with one suffering minor injuries and the other escaping
unharmed.

Investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office are assisting Pickens County Fire
Department with this investigation.
Avery is the twelfth victim to perish in a Georgia fire in 2020.

Roads presenting problems in Pickens County

Community, News
Roads in Pickens County are causing difficulties, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department.
“Several state routes have caused difficulties where cars could not pass,” said Kris Stansel, public information officer for the department.
Other roads that are icy or slushy include Highway 108 near Bethany Road and Ga. Hwy. 53 near Tate. Cove Road is also described as bad.
The National Weather service said to expect snow before 1 p.m., then ran and snow showers in the afternoon. After 4 p.m., there will be rain showers after 4 p.m. Total snow accumulation could be between three and five inches.
Tonight it will be mostly cloudy with a low around 28-degress.
Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 52-degrees.

UPDATE-Peace officer arrested on alleged child molestation charges

Community, News, Police & Government
peace officer child molestation

A former law enforcement officer remains in jail on aggravated child molestation charges following his arrest on Tuesday.

According to records obtained from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department, Gaylon Earl Mathews, 57, remains, pending a bond hearing. He was charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of child molestation.

Mathews was a certified peace officer who reportedly worked at a school in Cherokee County, but he lived in Jasper. He was not employed in a law enforcement capacity in Pickens County. Attempts to reach the Cherokee County Board of Education have been unsuccessful.

After the initial arrest, PCSO asked GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) to take over due to the suspects history in law enforcement.

GBI Special Agent Dustin Hamby attested in three separate warrants that Mathews knowingly committed aggravated child molestation from Nov. 1 to Dec. 21, 2014 and March 14 to April 15, 2015, with a child under the age of 16. Mathews also allegedly committed child molestation from Nov. 1 to Nov. 31, 2014 with a child under the age of 16.

O.C.G.A. separates the charges by establishing that aggravated child molestation leaves a physical injury on the child or involves the act of sodomy. Child molestation is any immoral or indecent act performed in the presence of a child under 16. It also includes the use of electronic devices to transmit immoral images to a child.

Fetch Your News will update this story as more information becomes available.

For previous story, click here.

Pickens, Dawson continue mutual aid, eye utility work

Community, News
Pickens Board of Commissioners

Pickens County continued an agreement with Dawson County, allowing for mutual aid in case of a fire in the area of Monument Road.

This mutual aid agreement has been in place for several years, according to Rob Jones, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

“It was Dawson County Number Eight,” said Jones. “Now is Pickens County 10.

 

Pickens and Dawson county mutual aid agreement

Pickens County Fire Station 10, located on Monument Road provides services to both Pickens and Dawson counties.

Pickens initially leased the land and built the station, while Dawson County provided the fire truck. Both counties funded training for the volunteer fire fighters.

 

Passing lane update

The board also signed a utility aid contract with the state to move a waterline on State Highway 53 to allow for the creation of a passing lane.

Pickens County will pay $117,100 or 10-percent of the $1.171 million dollar project which will add a passing lane between Tate and Marble Hill.

“There will be a passing lane around Yellow Creek,” Jones said.

Budget numbers

Pickens County also came in 1.5 percent under budget for December according to a report given by Faye Harvey, finance director for the county.

The county spent $27,839,268 or 98.59 percent of the projected a budget of $28,238,243.

In other board news:

The board approved a cell tower application from Southern Link, which will be on McClain Mountain Road. The tower will provide coverage for part of State Highway 53 that currently does not have coverage.

The Tax Assessors also met Thursday. See what they discussed here.

 

 

Drug ring exposed by CMANS and PCSO

Featured, Police & Government
CMANS

JASPER, Ga – On November 18, 2019, Pickens County deputies and Agents of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) executed search warrants at five locations in Pickens County. These warrants were based on a three-month-long investigation into the sale and distribution of methamphetamine in the Jasper area.

The investigation involves a loosely organized group of individuals who were importing methamphetamine into the Jasper area. As CMANS Agents began to follow leads and conduct surveillance on the targets of the investigation, they were able to determine that the criminal enterprise reached from Southern California to Jasper.

CMANS

The three-month investigation located ring actively bringing meth into Pickens County.

Warrants were executed at 236 Martin Road, Jasper; 1186 Bethany Road, Jasper; 231 Salacoa Vista, Jasper; 915 Hill City Road, Jasper and 623 Fuller Mountain Road, Jasper. Officers recovered 7 stolen guns, small amounts of marijuana and pills and about seven ounces of suspected methamphetamine. Law enforcement officers arrested fourteen (14) people on charges filed in Pickens County.

Arrested were; Vicky Ponder, 55 YOA of Jasper for Possession of Methamphetamine;

Robert K. Privette, 55 YOA of Jasper for Trafficking Methamphetamine and Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO);

Angela Patterson, 39 YOA of Ball Ground for Possession of Methamphetamine;

Kevin Biermann, 64 YOA of Jasper for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Schedule 4 Controlled Substance and Violation of RICO Act;

Marvin Ray Waldroup, 51 YOA of Jasper for Trafficking Methamphetamine and Violation of RICO Act;

Tony Pettigrew, 53 YOA of Jasper for Trafficking Methamphetamine and Obstruction;

Diana Hamby, 48 YOA of Jasper for Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine;

Micheal Smith, 28 YOA of Canton for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute;

Hayden Howard, 28 YOA of Canton for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute;

Dakota Estes. 29 YOA of Jasper for Possession of Methamphetamine;

Amanda Estes, 27 YOA of Jasper for Possession of Methamphetamine;

JoAnn Flowers, 51 YOA of Jasper for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony;

Barry Morgan, 59 YOA of Jasper for Violation of RICO Act;

Anthony Baker, 58 YOA of Jasper for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Violation of RICO Act, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and Trafficking Methamphetamine.

CMANSCMANS CMANS

Additional warrants are outstanding for individuals in Cherokee County and in Tennessee.

The Pickens Sheriff’s Office has recently partnered the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) to conduct drug investigations in Pickens County. CMANS Agents are tasked with the goal of disrupting organizations and sources of supply in the Cherokee/Pickens Area.

The Pickens Sheriff’s Office, the CMANS, the Cherokee/Pickens Multi-Agency SWAT Team and the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Unit worked together to safely execute these warrants all across the county.

As always, all suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Photos courtesy of Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

Pickens Halloween 2019

Community, Outdoors

JASPER, Ga. – Pickens County held their downtown Halloween event on Thursday, October 31, 2019 between the hours of 4 PM and 7 PM.

A slideshow of the pictures taken by Fetch Your News may be viewed below!

Happy Halloween!

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DO YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR ENERGY BILL?

Community

The Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program that assists low-
income households with their heating bill.

You may be eligible for assistance if your household’s total income is at or below:

HOUSEHOLD SIZE ANNUAL INCOME
1 person $23,776
2 people $31,092
3 people $38,408
4 people $45,724
5 people $53,040
6 people $60,356
7 people $61,727
8 people $63,099
For each additional
member add $1,372

Apply for assistance at your local Community Action Agency and

take with you the following documents:
1. Proof of Income for all household members for the past 30 days.
2 Proof of Social Security number for each person in the household.
3. Most recent Gas and Electric Bill for the household.
4. Proof of citizenship or legal immigrant status.

Call 706-692-6803 for additional information!

 

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ACTION PACT (formerly CONCERTED SERVICES, INC.) Reidsville 912 557-6687; Waycross 912-285-6083
Waycross: Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Pierce, Ware.
Reidsville: Appling, Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Evans, Jeff Davis, Long, Tattnall, Toombs, Wayne.
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR SAVANNAH-CHATHAM COUNTY AREA, INC. 912 238-2960
Counties served: Chatham
ENRICHMENT SERVICES PROGRAM, INC. 706 649-1600.
Counties served: Chattahoochee, Clay, Harris, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Talbot
FULTON-ATLANTA CAA, INC. 404 320-0166 or 404-320-6715

Counties served: Fulton

HEART OF GEORGIA CAC, INC. 478 374-4301
Counties served: Bleckley, Dodge, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Treutlen, Wheeler, Wilcox.
MACON-BIBB COUNTY EOC, INC. 478 738-3240
Counties served: Bibb
MIDDLE GEORGIA CAA, INC. 478 922-4464
Counties served: Butts, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Lamar, Monroe, Peach, Pike, Twiggs, Upson, Spalding.
NINTH DISTRICT OPPORTUNITY, INC. 770 532-3191
Counties served: Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin,
Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White.
NORTH GEORGIA COMMUNITY ACTION, INC. 706 692-5644
Counties served: Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, Walker, Whitfield.
OVERVIEW, INC. 478 453-4111
Counties served: Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Johnson, Morgan, Putnam, Washington, Wilkinson.
PARTNERSHIP FOR COMMUNITY ACTION, INC. 404 537-4300
Counties served: DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale, Walton.
SOUTHWEST GEORGIA CAC, INC. 229 985-3610
Counties served: Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole,
Terrell, Thomas, Worth
TALLATOONA COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP, INC. 770 382-5388
Counties served: Bartow, Cobb, Douglas, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk.
WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA CAA, INC. 478 472-3607
Counties served: Crisp, Dooley, Macon, Marion, Schley, Sumter, Taylor, Webster.

Pickens Report – August 2019

Community, News

THE PICKENS REPORT

AUGUST 2019

The fall season is approaching and for locals we know that means the Georgia Marble Festival is coming soon! A local favorite that brings in travelers from all corners of life to the marble capital on the first weekend of October. The two-day festival will consist of art and craft vendors, a free children’s fun zone, delicious food, local art displays, musical entertainment, quarry tours, and much more. The festival will take place on Saturday, October 5th from 10am until 6pm and Sunday, October 6th from 10am until 4pm. On Saturday, the Road Race will begin at 8am followed by the festival parade at 10am on Main Street. If you’re interested in being a festival vendor, sponsor, volunteer, or parade participant contact the Chamber of Commerce at 706-692-5600.

The month of September is National Preparedness Month. Pickens County Emergency Management encourages all citizens to have an emergency plan for your home. Make sure that everyone who lives in your home knows the plan. Have a small gathering of necessities on hand always like medications, first aid kit, small tool kit, flashlight, batteries, food, and bottled water. All citizens are encouraged to sign up for free Code Red Weather Warnings at pickenscountyga.gov and follow Pickens Emergency Management Homeland Security Agency on Facebook for updates. Also, the annual flu shot clinic for Pickens County residents 18 and up will be on Tuesday, October 8th 8:30am until 3:00pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

During the month of August, the 911 Operations Center received 1,746 total calls, 766 were medical responses or fire related. The Water Department installed 17 new meters. The Department of Planning and Development issued 48 new building permits. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 89 new animals, and 92 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal control responded to 13 cases. Subcontractor crews resurfaced Appalachian Court, Appalachian Circle, Johnson Road, Bethany Road, Upper Dowda Mill Road and Cagle Road. They will next resurface Parker Road, Keeble Creek, Quail Walk, and a portion of Bent Tree Drive to complete phase one of the paving projects. Bids are currently being accepted for phase two of paving projects. Phase two includes: Pleasant Hill Road, Hill Circle, Willow Lane, Pinhook Road, Ludville Road, Family Acres, Meadow Lane, Hillcrest Drive, Jay Moss Lane, Roper Road, Gibson Trail, Black Knob Church, and Upper Bethany Road. PCRD basketball registration is now open until October 13th. Instructional league (4-6 years old) costs $35, all other leagues (7-8 years old and above) costs $75. Late registration will be available October 14-16 for a $10 late fee. The Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continue to do a great job of leading these efforts. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments.

Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!

Pickens Report – July 2019

Announcements, Community

THE PICKENS REPORT

JULY 2019

Pickens County Government, like many other government entities is taking full advantage of the hot summer months to pave as many roads as financially possible. All paving projects are funded through LMIG (Local Maintenance Improvement Grant) and SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) dollars. During the month of July, Pickens County Public Works tar and graveled Martin Road and next plan to tar and gravel Mineral Springs South. They resurfaced Headstart Road and Smokey Hollow Road. Additionally, they patched and sealed Davis Road West and created a turnaround to accommodate school buses. Public Works will be resurfacing Pendley Road and resealing Monument Road in the coming weeks. Once the Grandview Dam project is complete, they will also repair Grandview Road. Subcontractor crews are currently working on phase one of the paving projects. They resurfaced Camp Road (from AW Lawson Blvd. to Hwy 53 W.), Mineral Spring Street, and Hobson Road. Next they will resurface Appalachian Court, Appalachian Circle, Johnson Road, Parker Road, Keeble Creek, Quail Walk, Cagle Road, and Bethany Road. Phase two paving bid will go out at the end of August. 

During the month of July, the Water Department set 11 new meters. The Department of Planning and Development issued 60 new building permits. The 911 Operations Center received 1,829 total calls, 771 were medical responses or fire related. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 86 animals and 77 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal control responded to 26 cases. The Recreation Department concluded another successful year of Summer Camp with an average of 60 kids per day. Currently, UFA Soccer is underway at PCRD. Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working hard for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continues to do an excellent job of leading these efforts. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments. To stay up to date like us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our website www.pickenscountyga.gov.   

Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!    

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