“Snake Master” Steve Scruggs and his wife look on as kids handle two corn snakes during the Bargain Barn’s snake presentation Saturday.
Steve Scruggs, “the snake master,” entertained, educated and possibly frightened a few at the Bargain Barn Saturday with his collection of rattlers, copperheads and a big nasty cotton-mouth.
Scruggs’ presentation, sponsored by Rocky Boots and the Bargain Barn, Highway 515 in Jasper, drew a packed crowd who heard a mixture of snake facts and practical information on serpents mixed in with Scrugg’s stories and general views on the outdoors.
Damon Howell / Photo
The Pickens varsity Dragons scrimmaged the Denmark Danes last Friday with a 21-28 loss at half-time. JV teams played the second half of the night, pulling out a win of 18-12. The 2018 football season officially opens this Friday at home against the Stone Mountain Pirates.
Kick off is at 7:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome to come out to Dragon Stadium to support the team. Pictured is Michael Burrell sweeping around a Dane defender.
As the students roll back into the school routine and summer draws to an end, it marks the time for fall sports to get under way at Pickens High School. There are over 200 student athletes competing in fall sports in 2018, each hoping to contribute to an athletics program that has seen participation steadily rise over the last decade. The fall sports offered at PHS Football, Softball, Cross-Country, Cheerleading, and Volleyball. Over the course of this fall the Progress will be following each of the teams as they compete. Here is an overview of each team and the season to come.
Sheriff Book-in Photo
Though his story changed several times, and included a self-defense scenario, in his final statement in court Christopher Byers said he didn’t kill anyone.
After just over an hour of deliberation, a jury found Christopher Byers, 34, guilty on all 14 counts of his indictment including malice and felony murder. Byers was sentenced to life in prison in Pickens County Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 6.
The Gilmer County man was accused of murdering his friend Ray Walnoha, also of Gilmer, in 2014 at a Cove Road residence in Pickens.
The verdict came after five full days of trial, which included testimony from Byers’s friend Arnold Griffith who said he was present when Byers killed Walnoha at Griffith’s Cove Road property. According to Griffith, 59, he helped Byers hide the body in a shallow grave in the woods near his house. In exchange for his testimony, murder charges were dropped against Griffith who served one year for concealing a death, tampering with evidence, and abandonment of a body. He has since been released from jail.
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Pickens native Amberle Godfrey will temporarily take the Chamber reins.
By Sonny Proctor
Board of Directors
Pickens County Chamber of Commerce
As chairman of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Amberle Godfrey has been appointed as our interim executive director.
Godfrey has served as a member of the Chamber board of directors, including as a member of its executive committee and as chairman. For the last year she has served as interim operations director. During Godfrey’s tenure, the Chamber has seen tremendous financial stabilization and many improvements in other areas.
Spencer Childers and Owen Moss showing some of their fish from the weigh in at the High School Bassmasters on Lake Kentucky.
The Pickens Bass Fishing team of Spencer Childers and Owen Moss wrapped up an amazing season last weekend with a 5th place finish at the Bassmaster High School National Championship on Kentucky Lake.
The event was held over three days on the famed body of water in Paris, Tennessee. The field was comprised of 670 anglers from 337 high schools across the nation. Anglers qualified for the event through various state championships and regional events held throughout the year. Childers and Moss qualified with their win at the Georgia State Championship on Lake Eufaula earlier this summer. This