Pickens Sheriff officers search one of two vehicles during a road checkpoint Saturday in the Pea Ridge area. No arrests were made.
Ralph O. Dennis
Can a law enforcement operation be called a success with no arrests? Ask Sheriff Donnie Craig and he will probably say yes.
On Saturday evening, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Department of Community Supervision, the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force, the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Accountability and Pickens 911 teamed up to conduct several impaired driver checkpoints. These checkpoints were in the Pea Ridge area. The sheriff had received numerous calls from citizens asking for increased visibility in the area due to different types of criminal activity.
Pickens Sheriff and Canton Police officers make a large showing at a Jasper residence the morning following the deadly shooting in Canton. Two men considered “persons of interest” were taken into custody on minor charges.
A Jasper man and a Ball Ground man have been tied to the deadly Canton shootings and arrested on lesser charges involving the June 25th incident. A Marietta man has been charged with the felony murder.
With more than 70 rounds fired, the shootings left two dead and one injured.
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Planning survey shows small town feel a desired trait
Survey Results: What kind of place would you like Pickens County to be in 20 years? In this “word cloud” graphic the size of word reflects the number of responses.
Pickens County has begun the year-long process of updating their Joint Comprehensive Plan, with a recent public survey revealing concerns about the county’s future and suggestions planners say will be valuable.
Members of the public have been asked to participate in the state-mandated process. Pickens County Planning & Development Director Richard Osborne has called the plan a “general vision for the future,” and said it could impact issues like zoning, emergency management planning, ordinances and public safety. The plan must be completely updated every 10 years for the county to be eligible for certain grants and funding.
Angela Reinhardt / Photo
Rock painting, hiding and hunting is a popular activity across the country, with local Facebook groups popping up everywhere. Above, some rocks recently hidden in Pickens County.
It was an hour or so after I first spoke with “Pickens County GA Rocks” Facebook page founder Cindy McPherson that I decided to go on a rock hunt of my own.
She’d given be a brief explanation of the painted rock hiding/finding phenomenon that’s sweeping the nation, and I’d spotted a clue on the Facebook page for a rock hidden at a location that was on my way to Ball Ground. The clue was a photo of a small rock painted with the word “God” and placed on a concrete patio ledge. The photo caption read, “You have to be ‘quick’ to find this one.”
620 snack bags served weekly during past school year
The Weekend Snack Program is a program that works to ensure that students in the Pickens County School System have sufficient food during their weekends away from school. This program is a coalition churches, non-profit organizations and individuals who are interested in meeting the food needs of our students. The program operates through CARES, a local non-profit for food, but it not funded by CARES and is self-supporting. This is the 5th year the food program has been in operation.