Trial for other man expected to start in June
Pickens Sheriff’s book in photo
Arnold Hoyt Griffith plead guilty to concealing the death of another.
A Cove Road man charged in December 2016 as a party to an axe murder has reached a deal with the state where he pleaded guilty to helping clean the murder scene and hide the body. Previous charges that he took part in the grisly summer of 2014 killing were dropped.
DA Alison Sosebee said further investigation and his guilty plea show that Arnold Hoyt Griffith, 59, of Cove Road, “was not an active participant in the killing.” Griffith pleaded guilty to charges of concealing the death of another, tampering with evidence, and abandonment of a body.
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Michelle Menard / Photo
The Master Gardners, Timothy House, Boy Scout Troop 836, Bent Tree Gardners, and volunteers from Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center came together Saturday, March 24th to implement a landscape design that the Master Gardners had graciously created. The Good Sam clinic expressed appreciation for all the support from the community groups and invites everyone to the ribbon cutting for their new building May 19th at 2 p.m.
Pictured is Master Gardner Dee Bogus instructing the Boy Scouts and Good Samaritan volunteers Dai Luther, Christina Cottrell, Brett Menard, Jackson Willingham, and Top Maddux on constructing a perennial garden.
One single test can't detect all the possible contaminants in well water, but University of Georgia Cooperative Extension recommends the basic water chemistry test performed at the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories. This test determines hardness, pH levels, and concentrations of 16 minerals and metals.
By Sharon Dowdy
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents, like Adam Speir in Madison County, Georgia, often get calls from homeowners who are concerned about the quality of their well water. Water from municipal sources is routinely monitored for safety, but water from private wells isn’t monitored unless homeowners take steps to ensure that it's safe.
Coach Mike Duffie
The Pickens County Board of Education has approved the hiring of new head boys basketball coach Mike Duffie last week. Coach Duffie is coming from Dalton where he was the head coach for the past 12 seasons. Before working at Dalton, Coach Duffie has been the head coach at Gordon Central, Morristown (TN), and Macon County. Overall Coach Duffie has 29 years’ experience as a Head Coach and has won 441 games over that time. Please welcome Coach Duffie and his family into the Dragon family. When congratulating Coach Duffie on his board approval, his response was "It's great to be a Dragon!"
Michael Hitt, dressed in a vintage World War I doughboy uniform, presented a lecture at Reinhardt University on March 28th about a tragic local World War I era incident that killed three 82nd Division soldiers. Pictured with him is Betty C. Callahan, the daughter of Nurse Winnie Frances Moore Carpenter who is credited with saving several soldier's lives at the incident.
By Larry Cavender
At the very beginning of his lecture concerning a World War I tragedy, which took the lives of three soldiers, historian Michael Hitt stated, "This was not a tragic accident, but a criminal incident." The program was held on Wednesday, March 28th at the Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University and recalled the collapse of a portion of the Steele Bridge in Cherokee County on June 16th, 1918.