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Sheriff determines PHS weapons threat not credible, but increased security presence today

 

 PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE – 11/09/18 

After discussing last night’s investigation with the Sheriff, we have determined that the social media threat is not credible. However, in an abundance of caution, there will be an increased security presence on the High School campus tooday, Friday, Nov. 9. We would like to thank the Sheriff and his staff for their vigilance in addressing this matter. 

 

 ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE FROM THURSDAY, NOV 8 

 

PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE – 11/08/18 

 

     We are aware of a social media post made today which stated that a student planned to bring a weapon to the High School on Friday. The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this matter. We will update you with any information we receive from the Sheriff as it becomes available. As always, the safety of our children is our number one priority. 

 

Information will be posted on the Pickens County School District website at www.pickenscountyschools.org, the Infinite Campus parent portal, district social media sites, and sent to local media. 

Sheriff investigating weapon threat at PHS

 

      PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE – 11/08/18 

     We are aware of a social media post made today which stated that a student planned to bring a weapon to the High School on Friday. The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this matter. We will update you with any information we receive from the Sheriff as it becomes available. As always, the safety of our children is our number one priority. 

     Information will be posted on the Pickens County School District website at www.pickenscountyschools.org, the Infinite Campus parent portal, district social media sites, and sent to local media. 

“To Honor the Animal” After hitting a bear, man goes the distance to see life not wasted

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photo from passing motorist

The bear hit on Cove Road October 20th.

“What do you want to do with her?” was a question that initially perplexed Jim Pickett after running over a bear on Cove Road mid-morning Saturday, Oct. 20th.

Pickett, who was almost back home after dropping his wife off at work, said he had never even vaguely considered what to do with a bear carcass, like one he was suddenly responsible for.

The driver had been pretty sure the bear was killed almost instantly on the section of Cove Road just east of Dollar General, and with Pickett recovering from foot surgery he had his truck’s On-Star system report the accident while he directed traffic around the carcass laying in a shady area.

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Jasper Verizon store robbed at gunpoint

verizon store

While armed robberies are rare in this area, this Verizon store has been hit twice.

 

         Authorities are looking for the sole suspect in an armed robbery that recently occurred at the Verizon Wireless store in Jasper.

According to Jasper Police Lt. Matt Dawkins, a black male wearing a ski mask and navy blue hoodie robbed the store on Saturday, Nov. 3. Dawkins said the suspect tied up an employee with zip ties and stole around 30 phones from the Old Philadelphia Road location. 

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online editions. 

 

Sheriff seeks more spending in 2019 but disputes $1.1 million claim

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Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig and the board of commissioners at the recent budget meeting.

 

     Sheriff Donnie Craig disputed accounts by the board of commissioners that he was seeking more than a million dollars in additional property taxes this year in two follow-up interviews conducted last week. 

Craig said he initially submitted a higher budget [seeking $661,000 over his 2018 spending] as a starting point for discussions with the commissioners. 

“The sole purpose was not to demand the $1.1 million like the front page [of last week’s Progress] made it look like,” he said. “The reason I put the $661,000 was to present our true numbers to put everything in there. I knew we would negotiate and cut it back.”

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