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.
One of the colorful floats from Saturday’s Night of Lights parade sponsored by the Jasper Merchants Association. See tons more photos of the evening in this week's print or online editions.
By Max Caylor
Some 50 festive floats, costumed dancers, multi-colored Jeeps, the PHS Band and more made their way down Main Street during the 10th annual Jasper Merchants Association's Night of Lights parade last Saturday.
The evening also included Santa, performances and the lighting of the Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn.
Fifty vendors and five food concessions were available to serve the surprisingly large crowd of holiday revelers who came out despite the rain.
Residents warned not to touch them, call 911
By Ralph O. Dennis
December 5th was the regularly scheduled meeting of the Nelson City Council. The agenda was short to begin with but became shorter as the meeting progressed. The council was scheduled to hear the engineer’s report on the drainage issues on Cherokee and School streets. He was unable to attend the meeting because of a death in his family. The presentation will now be on December 15 at the work session/ public hearing.
See full story in this week's print or online editions.
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.
Other decisions also released
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ELLIS V. THE STATE (S16A1246)
The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously reversed the attempted extortion and perjury convictions against former DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer W. Burrell Ellis, Jr. for his alleged attempts to “shake down” a county contractor for campaign contributions.