Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 1/13 – 1/18

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

PCSO arrest report/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.

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City Council announces updates to meetings calendar, Municipal Court employees

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JASPER, Ga. – The Jasper City Council announced updates to their meetings calendar, as well as new Municipal Court employees during their meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Robert Sneed was voted on unanimously to take on the role of Municipal Court Judge on behalf of the city, and will act as interim Municipal Court Judge until the council formally approves his
contract.

It was also unanimously decided that Mayor Steve Lawrence and the city attorney shall negotiate a contract between the city and Joe Hudson to serve as prosecutor for the Municipal Court during 2020, and will act as interim prosecutor until the council formally approves his contract.

As for the meetings calendar changes for the year 2020, Good Friday (observed on Friday, April 10, 2020) will now become a holiday for city employees in exchange for their current floating holiday.

Monday, September 14, 2020 is the only Monday during the year that a meeting will not fall on the first Monday of the month.

The November workshop has been moved to Thursday, December 3, 2020, and the December workshop has been moved to Wednesday, December 30, 2020, as these meetings were schedule for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, respectively.

Any meetings that change in schedule are expected to be known at least 24 hours ahead of time, so be sure to stay with us as the year progresses!

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Aidan Sanchez is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragons!

PHS Basketball, Player Of The Week, Team FYN Sports
Aidan Sanchez

Aidan Sanchez is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragons!

Sanchez, a 6-foot-4 senior center, has been a big part of a great season so far for Pickens (16-5, 6-3 Region 6-4A), which went 2-1 during the past week.

On Monday, Jan. 13, Sanchez scored seven points as the Dragons defeated Morris Innovative 85-16 on the road.

At home against Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 17, Sanchez chipped in four points as the Dragons fell 61-33.

To finish out the week, Sanchez scored two points as Pickens defeated Pepperell 70-60 in Jasper.

For his efforts, Sanchez is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragons!

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Allie Presley is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

PHS Basketball, Player Of The Week, Team FYN Sports
Allie Presley

Allie Presley is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragonettes!

Presley, a senior guard, is an important piece of the puzzle for Pickens (14-7, 7-2 Region 6-4A), which currently sits in third place in the region and is poised to make a run into the state playoffs.

Presley is an strong senior leader on the team, though her contributions don’t always show up on the scoreboard. She plays gritty, determined defense and is known for always being there for her teammates.

For her efforts, Presley is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

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Pickens picks up win in battle of Dragons

PHS Basketball, Sports, Team FYN Sports

On Saturday, Jan.18, the Pickens Dragons (16-5, 6-3 Region 6-4A) welcomed the Pepperell Dragons (7-11, 4-6 Region 7-AA) to the Dragons’ Den in a non-region contest. After an up-and-down battle throughout, the Dragons of Pickens came away with the 70-60 win.

In the first quarter, it was the away team that got off to the quick start. Pepperell started the game on a 6-0 run. The run was stalled by a Noah Sutton free throw. Pepperell then went on a 5-0 run before a Luke Rogers free throw made it 11-2. Sutton would finally give the Dragons their first field goal of the game to make it 12-4. Later on in the quarter, Pickens got going and cut the Pepperell lead down to 17-15. Pepperell made a pair of free throws to close the first with a 19-15 lead.

Owen Moss looking for open space

In the second quarter, Pickens used a 6-0 run, with help from free throws from Aidan Sanchez and Hays Pickett, and a layup from Tucker Lowe, to take their first lead of the game, 21-19. That lead was short lived as Pepperell came down and hit a 3-pointer to reclaim the lead at 22-21. The two teams traded the lead back-and-forth for a bit until Pickens took over with an 11-0 run, getting buckets from Zac Tetterton, Owen Moss, and Sutton, to take 37-26 lead. After Pepperell cut it to seven, Lowe nailed a 3-pointer to give the Dragons a 44-34 lead going into halftime.

Pickens defending Pepperell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second half as a whole was very closely played by both teams. In the third quarter Pickens held an 18-point lead at one time. Pepperell was able to cut that lead down to 58-48 going to the fourth.

Pickens working the ball around on offense in the second half

In the fourth quarter, Pepperell cut the Pickens lead down to 60-54. After that, Pickens went on a big 9-0 run featuring back-to-back 3-pointers by Moss and Lowe, and a layup with a free throw by Sutton to make it 69-54. The Dragons of Pickens grabbed some much-needed momentum heading into next week with a 70-60 win.

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 20 points

Tucker Lowe: 17 points

Owen Moss: 17 points

Luke Rogers: five points

Will Roland: three points

Zac Tetterton: three points

Hays Pickett: two points

Aidan Sanchez: two points

The next 10 days are important for the Dragons as they take on three-straight region opponents to end the regular season. Pickens starts things off against Gilmer on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Jasper to close out their home regular-season schedule. The Dragons end the regular season by visiting Northwest Whitfield at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, and then traveling to Dalton to take on Southeast Whitfield Co. at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28.

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Pickens, WalMart head to court in February

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Pickens County and Walmart continue to haggle over tax revenues.

Roy Dobbs, Chief Appraiser, updated the board on an appeal filed by Walmart over the property taxes the corporation pays. A new hearing is scheduled for February 7.

Walmart haggles over tax amount with Pickens County.

Pickens County and retail giant, Walmart, will continue the appeals process to determine how much in taxes the store will pay in the county.

According to tax records, the tax value for Walmart is $10,453,384, which includes the building, $6,537,567; parking lot, $282,817; and the land value, 3,632,000. Walmart representatives proposed a total taxable value of $5,912,246.

“They appealed through a hearing office,” said Dobbs, “but the hearing office found in favor of Pickens.”

He credited the hard work and dedication of the staff in the appraisers office for doing such a good job.

Dobbs said the next step is taking the settlement conference, followed by a hearing in Superrior Court. This was originally scheduled for early January.

“Their tax reps are doing what they can to limit their tax liability,” Dobbs said. “Our staff has done a tremendous job addressing these issues.”

In other board news:

The Pickens County Board of Tax Assessors named Brad Bledsoe as the board chairman and Stephanie Gooch as board secretary at Thursday’s meeting. The board approved tax dispositions.

For a list of Pickens County government meeting, click here.

 

 

 

 

Former Superintendent Wilson offers letter to citizens

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Wilson letter to citizens

Wilson letter to citizensJASPER, Ga. – Many citizens in Pickens County have been closely following the developments in the Superintendent position at Pickens Board of Education (BOE) through a series of Special Called Meetings as well as those regular scheduled in the final days of 2019 and early days of 2020.

Even FYN reported statements from Wilson that he would offer a written statement of the proceedings as he resigned during one of the called meetings on December 19, 2019.

Later he was nearly reinstated as questions arose about the validity of the “emergency meetings.” But was voted down by Chairman Tucker Green, board member Joeta Youngblood, and board member Donna Enis.

This week, Dr. Carlton Wilson released a public letter to citizens fulfilling his promise of a written statement from last month. That letter follows:

 

Dear Pickens County,

Cindy and I wanted to take a moment to express our thanks to you as a community. When we relocated here more than 25 years ago we knew we had found our home.  Cindy and I love living in and being a part of this community. We have raised our family here and we have worked to be a part of the community in every aspect. I knew when I interviewed for a teaching job here that this was the place I wanted to teach, coach, and live.  Having had an opportunity to serve as your Superintendent of Schools was one of the greatest honors of my life thus far. I know we have one of the best school systems in the state of Georgia, some of the greatest staff, students, and parents.

We have been overwhelmed and extremely humbled by the love and support from the people of Pickens County.  This is just another reason Pickens County is a great place to live. We love this county and I especially love our school system. The past month has been very difficult and confusing.

Our current school board is the third school board that I have served with as your superintendent. As school boards change board members, even just one, their personalities, priorities, and visions can change. Each school board is different from the boards they replaced. However, I felt it was very important to continual and complete the goals our previous boards had established not knowing these priorities, goals, and visions had changed. The current board never shared with me that that their priorities or visions changed for our school system.  As Superintendent, I have always followed the strategic plan and direction that I was given. That was my job.

I am very proud of the accomplishments, partnerships, and relationships our school system developed over the past couple of years. I am very happy I can say I left the school district knowing every employee received a raise while we reduced the mileage rate for the fourth consecutive year. This took teamwork and I was proud to be a part of it.

I realize when information is not given, people will fill the void with rumors. Just to be clear, I was not given any reason except several of the board members had lost confidence in my leadership. Several members of the Board did not like the direction I was leading the school system. Concerning decisions that I made during my tenure as superintendent, I can assure you that every major decision was made with the school board’s understanding and approval. However, I take full responsibility for all day to day operational issues. Again, that was my job.

It has been a privilege serving the students, staff, and residents of Pickens County. I wish the greatest success to our school system and especially the young people they serve. The students deserve stability and strong leadership from our next Superintendent and the principal’s of our schools. Our teachers deserve the support of not only the board and school leadership but the community. I encourage you to help our community move forward by investing in our school district and helping them move to the next level. Cindy and I are excited to see what the future holds and I look forward to continuing to serve our great community in the future.

Sincerely,

Carlton Wilson

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Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 1/5 – 1/11

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

PCSO arrest report/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.

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