UPDATE - the Pickens Sheriff reported on their Facebook page last night that Mr. Petti had been found deceased near his residence. The case remains under investigation.
Pickens deputies are combing the wooded areas near Pickens High School Friday for a missing 54-year-old who lived in the area and was reported missing on December 3rd.
Sheriff Donnie Craig emphasized that the search did not affect the school, nor students. They are concentrating in the wooded areas near the school.
Robert "Bob" Petti, of Scenic View Drive, had been missing for several days and it was originally believed he may have left his residence in a vehicle with someone else.
But his cell phone was discovered on the ground in the area, leading to the search of the vicinity.
Sheriff Craig said there no reason to suspect foul play. He said Petti was known to have some medical issues and they are searching the area near the school in the event he had gone out walking from his home and suffered a medical problem.
NOTE: this was the second missing person case in the county this year; the first one involving a missing man from the Preserve at Sharp Mountain is still ongoing.
>> > > >>
Press Rease from the Pickens County School District
Jasper, GA - The Pickens County School District announces the resignation of Mr. Shane Purdy as Principal of Pickens High School (PHS). Mr. Purdy previously served the district as Principal of Jasper Middle School.
"An unsuspected an unsolicited opportunity presented itself. After careful consideration, I felt it was the best decision for my family and me,' state Shane Purdy. "I wish to thank to Board of Education for allowing me the privelage to serve my community. It has truly been an honor."
Dr. Chad Flatt, current Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Instruction, and Counseling, will serve as interim principal until a permanant principal is named.
Dr. Chad Flatt, above, will serve as interim PHS Principal.
From Dr. Lula Mae Perry - sent December 7
To the Pickens County Community:
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Superintendent of Pickens County Schools. Having the opportunity to work on behalf of our students, staff, and the community will always be among my most heartfelt memories. I am extremely grateful for the wonderful encouragement you have given me during my tenure in Pickens. Allow me to share some things I know are true:
We have an outstanding school system with enormous potential. Our students are exceptional, bright, and creative.
City of Jasper crews dealing with massive 10-inch water line break near the railroad tracks. Shown is a crew burying a fiber optics cable in the area, which cut the water line, according to Mayor John Weaver. Tracks are flooded in area behind courthouse, with water running into courthouse parking lots. It's possible this could lead to some water outages. Weaver said they are using different valves to "backflow" and avoid outages.
A February 14, 2016 wreck involving a Pickens County Sheriff's Deputy left both the deputy and another motorist badly injured. The GSP has recently completed a report on the incident.
Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney Alison Sosebee confirmed Thursday her office has received the report on a February 14th wreck between a 23-year-old driver and a Pickens deputy compiled by the Ga. State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team – all 3,000 pages of it.
The Highway 515 crash left both the driver, Syndel Kabchef of Acworth, and veteran local officer, Sgt. Rick Hales, badly injured. Hales has been released from the hospital and rehabilitation center where he remained for months with spinal injuries but Hales continues to undergo physical therapy. He remains on leave as a deputy.
See full story in this week's print and online editions.