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Animal advocates demand changes at meeting, protest on the street

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Not going anywhere - Animal advocates say they intend to keep the pressure on with more protests and attendance at public meetings until changes are made at the county shelter.

There was no shortage of emotion at the July commissioners’ meeting, where animal rights advocates rallied around a former shelter employee and chided the board about what they say are “deplorable” conditions at the facility.

Unrest about the Pickens County Animal Shelter has been steady since assistant director Judy Moody was fired by commission chair Rob Jones on June 20th. Jones, who the animal activists accuse of cronyism, utilized the law in Georgia that allows employers to fire someone without giving reason. Jones simply said that Moody’s services were “no longer needed.” 

Read complete story and what our reporter found during a trip to the shelter in our print or e-edition this week.

Mt. Zion youth in Ghana for mission work

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On Sunday, July 23, the congregation of Mt. Zion Baptist Church gathered to give a prayerful sendoff to 15 teens and leaders, bound for Ghana, West Africa. The group, led by Youth Pastor Tony Ramirez and his wife Cindy, will be partnering with church planting missionaries Ryan & Joy Owen, from Rome, Georgia, for a week of hands on ministry. Mt. Zion has a strong commitment to global missions, supporting over 100 missionary families around the world. For more information about our family focused programs and activities, just visit www.mtzionjasper.org, or contact our office at 706.692.6315. Mt. Zion is located at 1036 N. Main in Jasper.

SCAM ALERT-- Sheriff Office will never call asking for money

 

Captain Kris Stancil

Public Information Officer 

Pickens Sheriff’s Office

    We have been made aware of a Scam that is taking place around our community. The scam involves individuals calling our citizens and claiming to be an employee of the Sheriff’s Office. They are even using the names of employees that they have been able to access. They are then advising to avoid being arrested, they need to send money. They have even been able to disguise the number they are calling from to match an agency or county number.

 

WE DO NOT CALL INDIVIDUALS AND HAVE THEM PAY MONEY OVER THE PHONE. 

 

If a member of our office ever calls related to an outstanding warrant, the will only advise you to turn yourself in, not to send money to avoid it. Please do not become a victim of this scam. 

 

 

 

Mark Miller pleads guilty -- account of final day in court

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 Mark Miller listens as the judge cautions him on conditions of his negotiated guilty plea last week in Pickens Superior Court.

 “Economic downturn. Lack of self control. An addiction to money. Stupidity.”

These are the reasons former attorney Mark Miller gave the judge when asked during his sentencing last week why he had stolen over $1 million dollars from his clients, something he admitted to doing during a plea agreement. The plea deal let both the defense and state avoid a trial that both sides previously acknowledged would be difficult and likely to last three weeks or more. Read complete story in our print or e-editions this week.

See Previous coverage 

Miller moved to Cobb jail after he files numerous complaints on local conditions April 2017

Mark Miller arrested for numerous fraud, theft charges -- (no subcription needed) - June 2016

Attorney Mark Miller jailed for contempt of court-- original story (no subscription needed) - June 2016

 

 

Rep. Collins introduces Redemption Act as next step in criminal justice reform

dougcollins“A lot of people look to Washington as the hope of the world, and we need to ask daily how we can be the hope of our communities. The Redemption Act answers part of that question.”

WASHINGTON—Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today introduced the Prison Reform and Redemption Act, a criminal justice reform bill aimed at lowering recidivism rates among federal offenders.

“A lot of people look to Washington as the hope of the world, and we need to ask daily how we can be the hope of our communities. The Redemption Act answers part of that question.

Read more: Rep. Collins introduces Redemption Act as next step in criminal justice reform