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Eight votes give Barnes re-election to district 1 seat


By the narrowest of margins, incumbent Jerry Barnes retained his seat as the District 1 commissioner in Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff. 

Barnes defeated Amberle Godfrey 835 to 827, an eight vote margin, giving him a razor slim 50.2 percent of the ballots cast.

“That is something else,” Barnes exclaimed, when the tally was announced at the county’s election office.

Once he had regained his composure, Barnes said he had thought it would be close  with third candidate Bart Connelly “throwing his hat in with [Godfrey].”

“I really had no idea what the outcome would be,” he said. “I’m just glad the good Lord took care of us,” he said.

Barnes said he had worked hard to be sure his supporters turned out. 

In a phone interview, Godfrey said she wanted to congratulate Jerry, thank all her supporters and promised to keep working for the county.”

“I will keep working to move the county ahead,” she said.

The District 1 seat represents the western, and some of the south area, of Pickens County. There is no Democratic opposition, so Barnes will keep the seat without a November challenge.


“He’s as tough as nails,” dad says of son with leukemia

Family to tell story on WSB’s Care-A-Thon

Lowe Family

Family Photo

Lisa and Ryker Lowe and their three sons. Harlan, center, was diagnosed with leukemia in March. The Lowes will help raise money to look for a cure by sharing their story live on the annual WSB Care-a-Thon on Thursday, July 26 at 11:10 a.m.

Ryker Lowe said if his four-year-old son Harlan wasn’t bald and thin from chemotherapy treatments, people would never be able to tell he has leukemia. 

“He’s tough as a sack of nails,” said Lowe, who along with his wife Lisa received the devastating diagnosis in March of this year.

         “He never boo-hoos, and has handled things so well. He brings so much life to our family. He’s happy and smart, and an old soul. You can talk to him like an adult.”

Anyone lose a parakeet?


Pastor Irish Jones found the parakeet while walking at the Pickens recreation dept. She hopes the rightful owner will contact her. 


By Rosa Willis

Intern reporter


On Monday, Pastor Irish Jones was walking at Roper Park with a friend. As her walk came to an end, she and her friend found something rather unusual in the grass near her car. 

Jones had found a small blue and white parakeet sitting in the grass. She scooped the bird up and took it to the vet.

Operation Southern Shield ready to put the brakes on speeding


     (ATLANTA) -  Law enforcement officers in Georgia are ready to put the hammer down on drivers who are hammering down on their gas pedal during the second annual "Operation Southern Shield" speed enforcement operation.

After last year's highly successful operation that drew national attention, Georgia will join neighboring states in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina in pulling over drivers who are breaking the law by traveling above the legal speed limit on interstates, major highways and local roads from Monday, July 16 through Sunday, July 22.

Schools to provide classroom supplies


In an unprecedented move, the Pickens County school system announced it will provide all “consumable” school supplies for the upcoming school year at no cost to parents. 

These supplies include paper, pencils, folders, hand sanitizer, crayons, and other  items needed for classroom instruction. According to a press release on July 10, parents are free to purchase additional personal items like backpacks, pencil boxes, and lunchboxes if they choose. If students have particular items such as certain writing utensils they prefer, they will be allowed to use those as well.