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Murder conviction reversed, and other opinions of the Supreme Court




Published Monday, September 24, 2018


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The Supreme Court of Georgia has reversed the murder conviction and life prison sentence given to Michael Denay Grant, while it has upheld the murder conviction and life-without-parole prison sentence given to his co-defendant, Richard Davidson.

Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic September 25th

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      Fast, safe, convenient. . . drive through and beat the flu at the drive-thru flu shot clinic in Jasper. Just roll in, roll up a sleeve and get the shot that will protect you all flu season, while seated in your vehicle. 

The Pickens County Health Department will conduct their annual drive-thru flu shot clinic on Tuesday, September 25th from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1036 North Main Street, Jasper. You’ll also be helping public health staff and community partners practice local Point of Dispensing operations for times of emergency. 

Geocaching couple hiding local treasures

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Dan Pool/ Photo

Jay and Angie Bird show off one of six geocache sites at the Talking Rock Nature Preserve. All the caches at the park were hidden with beginning geocachers in mind.


There would be a huge trove of witty headlines if Pickens residents Jay and Angie Bird had actually met through geocaching.

They didn’t. They first met about 20 years ago and then re-connected, the modern old-fashioned way – online.

So, of no use are headlines like Geocaching Your Way to My Heart or GPS Coordinates to Love.

All “children of Earth” welcome to Spirit Dance

Twelve Stone Farm entrance sign


A sacred spirit dance will be held at Twelve Stone Farm in Talking Rock. Red Turtle, organizer of the event, said everyone is welcome because “everyone is on the Medicine Wheel.” The Twelve Stone Farm sign includes an image of the Medicine Wheel. 


Red Turtle, a member of the Metis tribe and a Pickens resident, is inviting the community to a sacred Native American Spirit Dance in Talking Rock to “unite with our ancestors,” and “restore our life so that it is in harmony with Earth and our fellow man.” 

“Everyone is welcome,” Red Turtle said from his Tate home, which is adorned with Native American art

State seeks to revoke Animal Rescue’s license

Local group vows allegations by former disgruntled employee are false 



On July 10th the Georgia Department of Agriculture issued an administrative order for disciplinary action against Pickens Animal Rescue Ranch, seeking to revoke their license saying members of the board  knowingly took  animals who had owners and adopted them out illegally.  The longtime animal rescue group, commonly called PAR say the allegations  are false and were made by a former disgruntled employee, and they intend to “vigorously defend” the organization and its mission.

Pickens Animal Rescue is around two decades old and preceded the county shelter for many years as the only rescue group here.

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