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

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

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

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

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Suspension of traditional school classes in Georgia has been extended through April 24

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hard lock down for PC schools

Jasper, GA – Suspension of traditional school classes in Georgia has been extended
through April 24, according to an announcement by Governor Brian Kemp on Thursday. This
date could change to a later date depending upon directives by Governor Kemp.

The local board of education suspended traditional classes at its March 12th meeting to be
effective March 16-27. Later Governor Kemp extended that period through March 31 as part of
his Public Health Emergency powers.

According to Pickens County Interim Superintendent Dr. Charles Webb, all buildings and
worksites are expected to remain on “hard lock-outs” through April 24. Any change in
employees returning to worksites prior to that date may be announced later. This decision is
being made in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases reported by the Public
Health Department in Pickens County and throughout the state.

Lunchroom workers and bus drivers are continuing to prepare and deliver weekly non-
perishable meals to children 18 years and younger, with a schedule for either one or two days per

week. Since March 16, bus drivers have been delivering these mid-day meals to more than 500
students each delivery day in various locations throughout the county.
“Generally, we are getting favorable responses to the online learning system that was
introduced March 16,” said Webb, “and we are continuing to work through various problems in
delivery as they occur. I am proud of the flexibility by our students and the creativity by our
teachers.”

“We are in hopes of returning to school after April 24,” added Webb. “At this particular
time looking forward, this date seems to give us more flexibility in preparing for students
returning to the buildings. Nevertheless, we are prepared to continue online learning if
traditional school has to be extended even later.”

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.

 

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 Government Action

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

As a precautionary measure in the interest of public safety, the Pickens County
Administrative Offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16
through Friday, March 27, 2020. The public will not be able to enter the
Administrative Office Building during this time. Our staff will continue to serve
the citizens by utilizing alternate forms of business communication during this
period.

Our goal is to limit interruption in service, while protecting the citizens and our
staff.

Please use the drop box located in front of the building for the Tax
Commissioner’s Department and the drop box located at the side of the building
for the Water Department. Citizens can continue to utilize online bill pay or the
U.S. Postal Service.

If you need to speak with our staff, please see the list of department telephone
numbers posted at the front entrance. Our staff will be ready to assist, as
always. Our office can be reached at 706-253-8809.

Pickens County Government will continue to update the public as updates
become available.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Elections Supervisor urges early voting in face of Coronavirus

Election, News

JASPER, Ga. – Pickens County Elections & Registration Supervisor Julianne Roberts issued the following statement today urging citizens to take advantage of early voting ahead of the March 24 election day.

She stated:

Pickens County Board of Elections & Registration would like to encourage all voters to take advantage of Advanced Voting at this time. Due to concerns from the coronavirus (COVID-19), we anticipate that the time required to vote in the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary on March 24th will be significantly increased. To avoid longer wait times, we strongly encourage you to vote early at 83 Pioneer Rd during regular office hours (Mon-Fri) 8-5. The Saturday Voting will take place at the Elections Office from 9-4 on March 14th.

Julianne Roberts, Supervisor
Pickens County Elections & Registration

Pickens addresses Coronavirus and precautionary quarantine on a teacher

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BOE, Pickens, Coronavirus,

JASPER, Ga. – The Pickens County Board of Education has released an official press release regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia and a possible connection with a teacher having eaten at the Waffle House with a reported case.

While they assure the public that the teacher is showing no signs of the virus, they have taken precautionary measures for the teacher to self-quarantine for the near future. The teacher in question worked at Harmony Elementary School.

They also repeat that there are no current signs or reported cases of the virus in Pickens County Schools.

The following is their full release:

Pickens County School System Press Release on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Pickens County School System Press Release on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

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

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

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

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.

BoE Recognizes Student and Faculty Accomplishments During February Meeting

Board of Education, Dragon's Corner

JASPER, Ga. – The Pickens County Board of Education recognized student and faculty accomplishments during their meeting held on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

A video of the ceremony may be viewed at the bottom of this page!

7th Grade Jeremy Westbrook Wins State FFA Contest (Click to Enlarge)

In October, Jeremy Westbrook competed in the Area Future Farmer’s of America (FFA) Quiz event. This event is a fifty question quiz covering all aspects of FFA. Jeremy was in the top 2 of 48, 6th through 9th graders. He then advanced to the state contest which was held at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). While there, Jeremy competed against eleven more students who qualified out of 243 total students from across the state. Of those eleven, eight were 9th graders and three were 8th graders. At the end of the event, Jeremy was recognized as the state winner. It has also come to our attention that Jeremy, a 7th grader, is the youngest student on record to ever win the contest.

Mykenzie Weaver reaches 2,000 career points in Girls Basketball (Click to Enlarge)

Congratulations to Mykenzie Weaver for recently passing 2,000 career points in Girls Basketball. Mykenzie is only the 3rd person in school history to achieve this feat. She currently sits 2nd in all-time leading scoring in Dragonettes Girls Basketball History!
She was also named the Region 6AAAA Player of the Year.

 
 
 

Dragons Esports Team Wins Second State Championship (Click to Enlarge)

Our Dragons win the Fall GHSA Esports Rocket League state championship!We defeated Forsyth Central 4 games to 1 at Mt Vernon at the GHSA State Esports Championships!

Congratulations to Mason Watkins, Carter Logan, and Tristan Warren and Coach Wil Nix on this accomplishment!

The Dragons Esports Rocket League team also won the Spring GHSA Esports State Championship last May.

PHS and PJHS Band Recognitions (Click to Enlarge)

The PHS and PJHS band would like to recognize our students who were selected for the District 9 Honor Bands, the GMEA All-State Band, and who qualified for the final round audition at the State level.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Hill City Elementary School was named to the 2019-20 list of Distinguished Schools released by the Georgia Department of Education. Title I Distinguished Schools are among the highest-performing 5% of Title I schools in the state. Hill City Elementary was 1 of 87 schools named to this list.

PHS and PJHS Band Recognitions (Click to Enlarge)

In a press release, State School Superintendent Richard Woods shares, “While we are focused on continuous improvement for all schools, it’s also essential that we recognize when schools are doing well, These schools are overcoming barriers, meeting challenges, and producing great gains for their students. I commend the school leaders, teachers, parents and communities in our 2019-20 Distinguished [and Reward] Schools who are opening up opportunities for their students.”

Congratulations, Hill City Elementary!

PHS and PJHS Band Recognitions (Click to Enlarge)

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

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.

BACK-TO-BACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WINS – Rocket League Does It Again

Community, Dragon's Corner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 6, 2020

 

Congratulations to the Pickens High School Esports Rocket League team who brought
home their second State Championship title after winning at Mount Vernon Presbyterian
School – Glenn Campus in Sandy Springs on February 5, 2020. This year’s team members are
Captain Mason Watkins (Senior), Carter Logan (Sophomore), Tristan Warren (Sophomore),
Colby James (Senior), and Dalton Garner (Sophomore). Many fans were on hand to support this
year’s team.

Esports stands for electronic sports, not to be confused with video games. What sets
Esports apart is the level of organized competitive gameplay between teams and its own strict
set of rules and guidelines. Esports is about teamwork, communication, strategic thinking, and
leadership – in all the same ways that traditional sports are and then some. Esports popularity
continues to grow with over 400 million fans worldwide. Numerous colleges and universities
offer almost 10 million dollars in scholarships for Esports. The opportunity to participate in
Esports offers our students the opportunity to do what they love and enjoy, and provides
additional recognition.

Carter Logan is one of the top scorers in Georgia and averages over 10 goals a game.
Tristan Warren and Mason Watkins both lead in assists. In last nights win, Mason was the top
scorer! The Fastest Dog, a local business in the community, provides the computers the team
uses, and they also provide team jerseys. Last year, The Fastest Dog graciously helped to
sponsor the team’s state championship rings. If you would like to view this year’s winning
game click here!

Pickens County School District is proud of this team of students. Behind every winning
team, you will find a coach who inspires and motivates his team. Mr. Will Nix continues to do
an outstanding job working beside and coaching the Esports program, and we appreciate his
leadership. Congratulations to Mr. Nix and Pickens High School two-time State Champions,
Rocket League!

Two Dragons named to Region 6-4A All-Region Team

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Junior Noah Sutton was named the the Region 6-4A All-Region Team.

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Junior Tucker Lowe was named to the Region 6-4A All-Region Team.

Two members of the Pickens Dragons basketball squad have been named to the Region 6-4A All-Region Team as voted on by the region coaches.

Juniors Tucker Lowe and Noah Sutton were named to the squad have stellar campaigns this season.

Lowe, a 5-foot-9 guard, averaged 15.6 points per game during the regular season to go along with 2.7 assists, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. He also shot 39 percent from beyond the arc on the season.

Sutton, a 6-foot-3 post, averaged 14.3 points per game, 6.6 rebounds and had a field-goal percentage of 69 percent.

The Dragons (18-8) defeated Ridgeland 87-47 Tuesday, Feb. 4, to earn a spot in the Class 4A state playoffs just a year after winning only four games.

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