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County finances in good shape



The Pickens County government received a glowing report from auditors at this month’s commissioners’ meeting, with the county showing low debt and steadily increasing reserves.

Highlights of the FY 2017 report include: 

•General Fund revenues exceeded expenditures by $651,000, with expenditures down by $63,000 over 2016.

•General Fund revenues were up four percent over the previous year, due in large part to a $731,000 increase in taxes collected. Of that increase, property tax collections were up $212,000. County CFO Faye Harvey said some years property tax collections come in late and are credited to the next year.  Sales tax was up $258,000, and a financial institution tax of  $145,000 was collected that was owed the county from previous years. The insurance premium tax was also up $99,000.

Comprehensive plan finalized, adopted


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Pickens Planning Director Richard Osborne announced last week that after months of meetings and work the county and cities’ Comprehensive Plan Update has been adopted locally and accepted at the state, thus closing out the process for another cycle.

Updates are required on a five-year basis but this plan as a whole is considered effective from 2018 to 2028. The “stick” used by state government to force local communities through the process is requiring a current plan in place for many grants. 

“It is a big deal,” said Osborne. “It is a requirement.”

Having the approved plan doesn’t directly give the county or cities any funding. On the other hand the plan does not require anything out of the county or any city once adopted. 

Parents arrested after missing 18-year-old found

Disturbing reports of girl being locked in room for months


Book in photos: Neil and Janet Farrell of Bent Tree

Updated June 28th -- Bond hearing delayed after defense requests more time.

Pickens County Sheriff's Press Release Pickens County Georgia, June 24, 2018: Pickens Sheriff’s Office detectives arrest parents of a teen following an extensive missing person search over the weekend in Pickens County. 

        On Saturday (June 23rd), deputies were dispatched to the residence of Neil and Janet Farrell regarding a missing and possibly endangered person. The Farrell’s reported that their 18-year-old daughter, Olivia, had walked into the woods hours before and they had been unable to locate her. The Farrells also stated that their daughter had a variety of behavioral issues that placed her in jeopardy. The parents also detailed that they had been granted active adult guardianship over Olivia. 

Yoga for the people at community center

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     Dobson reaches her arms to demonstrate a modification on the tree pose. People of all skill levels are welcome to participate in her $5 classes.


By Rosa Willis 

Intern reporter

“Her classes are for everybody as a body and everybody as a whole,” said Kathy Fellows. Fellows participates in Karen Dobson’s yoga classes every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at the Pickens Community Center. 

Dobson got her start in yoga at Jasper Athletic Club, taking classes led by Paula Adams who inspired her to become a certified yoga instructor.

Dobson’s class is a relaxing environment that just makes you want to say “Namaste.” The group is mostly women with only one man who participates regularly - though both genders are welcome.