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Wrecks, shooting equal "bizarre" night for local law enforcement

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The Cherokee-Pickens multi agency SWAT team was requested to execute entry and conduct a search warrant. photo/Pickens Sheriff


Pickens Sheriff Press Release

During a bizarre twist of events, an accident that deputies responded to on Highway 53 East in Marble Hill Georgia on March 7th at approximately 10:30 pm, turned out to be an Aggravated Assault case. Upon arrival at an accident, deputies found the driver of one vehicle to be suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Another vehicle, a motorcycle, was also found wrecked with no driver in site. 



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Daffodil, Narcissus, Jonquil, March Flower - What’s in a name?

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By Dee Boggus

Pickens County Master Gardener


Daffodils are some of the easiest and most dependable flowers to cultivate in your garden and are readily available for purchase in our area. Because they are also environmentally adaptable, daffodils are ideal plants for the beginning gardener in our locale. The flower that we call daffodil is actually a perennial herbaceous bulb of the genus Narcissus. The two names are interchangeable. Narcissus is the Latin or botanical name for all daffodils and daffodil is the common name for all members of the genus Narcissus.

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Pilot dies in helicopter crash

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Angela Reinhardt / Photo Pickens County Sheriff’s Capt. April Killian of the Criminal Investigation Division documents the helicopter crash in Talking Rock Tuesday. The site is located alongside a stretch of large power lines where the pilot was trimming trees.


[Story Updated Wednesdsay, March 6 at 9:50 a.m.]

        A helicopter that was trimming trees in Talking Rock Tuesday, March 5 crashed in the woods off Ellijay Road. The pilot, Johnny Kent, was air lifted to Grady Memorial Hospital and died as a result of his injuries at 5:44 p.m. that day 

There were no other parties inside the aircraft at the time of the accident. A witness at the scene said the pilot appeared to be conscious when he was  being assisted by emergency workers, before he was sent to Atlanta.

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Youth Art Month events celebrate junior artists



These children are several years older now, but many spent their elementary school summers and after school hours participating in art camps like the one above, organized by Kathe Hall, back row left, and Debbie Brownlee, back center. These kids, some that are now in high school, have been invited to participate in a special Youth Art Month show presented by “Arts Across the Bridge.” The reception is Friday, March 8 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Woodbridge Inn. 



"Art Across the Bridge" presents YAM at Woodbridge Inn


“Your Art – Your Story.” 

That’s the theme for the Youth Art Month gallery show presented by Art Across the Bridge, being held this year at the Woodbridge Inn in Jasper. 

This year’s event was organized by longtime Pickens County art supporters Kathe Hall, owner of Green Acres 515, and Debbie Brownlee, director of Let’s Get Artsy. Hall and Brownlee have hosted youth art camps in the county for many years,

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Unconstitutional for "sexually dangerous predators" to be on lifelong monitoring, rules Supreme Court


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PARK V. THE STATE(S18A1211)           

The Supreme Court of Georgia has struck down as unconstitutional the statutory requirement that “sexually dangerous predators” who have completed their sentences remain on electronic monitoring for the rest of their lives.

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