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Dude, where’s my meth?

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This stash of meth was found and turned in by an observant walker. The meth had been packaged in several smaller bags inside the ammo can before it was logged into evidence.

        If anyone has lost 8.5 ounces of methamphetamine packed inside an ammunition can, they can claim it at the Pickens Sheriff’s office.

An observant dog-walker near the mountain bike trails under construction on Carns Mill Road spotted an ammunition can lying near the road on November 8. When he opened it, he found individual packages of white powder suspected to be methamphetamine.

He immediately drove to the sheriff’s office and turned the can over to a Pickens detective.

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Georgia Attorney General advises: Shop Wisely this Holiday Season

ATLANTA, GA - Attorney General Chris Carr is providing the following tips for holiday shoppers.

“The way we are making holiday purchases is changing with more sales being made and processed on our phones, tablets and laptops,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “In fact, 59 percent of consumers are planning to buy gifts online this holiday season according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. In this shifting landscape, it is more important than ever to protect your wallet and your identity, and we are offering the following tips to remember while shopping this holiday season.”

     Take precautions when making online transactions with an unfamiliar business. To avoid scams, do your online shopping through reputable, well-known websites. Be leery of ads on social media. You can check out a company’s reputation through the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org.

Credit cards stolen from Jasper merchant in old school scam

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            According to authorities, credit cards were stolen from a downtown Jasper merchant during business hours and used to purchase gift cards from the local Walmart.

            Lieutenant Matt Dawkins with the Jasper Police Department said a black male and black female recently entered the furniture consignment shop Revive Us Again located on Highway 53 and Mark Whitfield Street and “used the old technique where one distracts while the other snoops around to see what they can find,” Dawkins said.

Local reps. discuss house passage of tax bill

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Collins Statement on House Passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, issued the following statement in response:

Read rest of Collins statement and see statement from Tom Graves below.

Elementary school scores plummet in latest statewide assessment

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       Results of the 2017 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) recently released by the Georgia Department of Education show gains at the middle and high school levels, but significant decreases at three of the four elementary schools in Pickens County.

The CCRPI is an annual assessment of Georgia schools and systems to determine if they are preparing students for college and career readiness. The scores are awarded on a 110-point scale and are based on a variety of indicators, the largest being the Georgia Milestones test administered to 3rd through 12th graders. Other indicators include student achievement, progress, state test scores, reading ability, attendance and graduation rates.