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Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grant to local Boys and Girls Club

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     The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia received a $3,500 youth literacy grant today.  This grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

Elephant tranquilizer tied to numerous overdoses among drug users

GBI sealDangerous new drug carfentanil showing up in

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GBI Press Release 

  Decatur, GA – Within the past week, the GBI Crime Lab’s drug identification unit received three cases from separate seizures of the synthetic opioid carfentanil.  Carfentanil is a fentanyl analog used as a tranquilizer on large animals such as elephants.  It is purported to be 100 times stronger than fentanyl and suspected of playing a role in hundreds of overdoses in the Midwest part of the country this past month.  It can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and very toxic in small quantities. 

   The cases that came in the lab were from the metro Atlanta area and were all suspected to be heroin.

School system requests $1million suit be transferred to federal court

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     The Pickens County School System has requested a $1 million lawsuit concerning previous issues within the school basketball program be moved out of Pickens County Superior Court and heard in the federal court system in Gainesville, Ga.
    The original suit was filed by John Curry, father of a former PHS basketball player on July 29, 2016.
    In the suit, Curry requests punitive damages for five listed parties as a result of what he claims is the school system’s “willful misconduct, malice, fraud and a total lack of responsibility in protecting these children,” regarding the basketball team.

     See full story in this week's print or online editions. See John Curry's full statement on the schools system's request for the case to be moved to federal court below. 

 

The following is my official statement as it relates to the latest action in my suit against the Pickens County School System.

Candidates qualify for Jasper, Nelson council races

CANDIDATES QUALIFIED FOR THE NOVEMBER 8, 2016

CITY OF JASPER – SPECIAL ELECTION

 

 

For The Unexpired Term of Allison Boyle, Resigned

  

Susan Hayes Piantedosi

Sonny Proctor

 


 

CANDIDATES QUALIFIED FOR THE NOVEMBER 8, 2016

CITY OF NELSON – SPECIAL ELECTION

 

For The Unexpired Term of Jackie Jarrett and Thad Thacker, Resigned

 

 

Lamar Kellett

James Queen

Kelsey Riehl

 

Jail shakedown uncovers only tobacco & energy/diet pills

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The Pickens County Adult Detention Center.

Staff reports

    A full shakedown at the Pickens jail Thursday uncovered only a small amount of contraband tobacco and some convenience store (over-the counter) energy pills with no weapons or illegal drugs uncovered.

     The jail administrator, Capt. June Killian, said they had received information that hypodermic needles, which could be used for drugs or as a weapon, might be hidden in the jail but none were found. They were also conducting the full top-to-bottom search of all areas after two letters containing methamphetamine were intercepted and seized coming to an inmate.

     See full story in this week's print or online editions.