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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.

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GSP retracts crash findings: Motorcycle rider not at fault

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        Craig Wooten, center, after returning home from Grady Memorial Hospital where his leg was amputated. 

 

       The Georgia State Patrol has retracted their original incident report that found a motorcycle driver at fault for a crash that caused him to lose a leg. 

Craig Wooten, 68, was travelling by motorcycle along Pea Ridge Road on June 25th when he was struck by a Ford F-150 driven by Thomas Lynn Marlow, 24, Jasper. 

According to the original GSP report, Wooten was at fault for the crash as he “failed to maintain his lane and struck the left side [of the truck],” but GSP Post Commander Tim Nichols said a second review of the incident found Wooten not at fault. 

Read more: GSP retracts crash findings: Motorcycle rider  not at fault

Senior tax exemption straw poll makes ballot

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        Pickens Seniors for Change, an advocacy group fighting for additional tax exemptions for senior property owners, achieved a milestone this week with the approval of a straw poll question for next year’s Republican primary ballot. 

The advocacy group has been pushing for changes to the county’s current tax exemption policies for years, arguing that Pickens County seniors – especially those on fixed incomes - are “going broke” because of their property taxes. Pickens County currently offers a full exemption for property owners 62 years and older with a household income of less than $25,000.

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Sheriff making appointments to identify stolen items

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Pickens Sheriff’s Office / Photo

Hundreds of knives and other items believed to be stolen were seized by sheriff officers last week. The loot now fills a conference room and is stored in trailers at the jail. See  photos of other items on Page 9A in the print or online editions.

 

Like Hoarders mixed with Cops, sheriff’s officers last week hauled more than 1,000 items believed to be stolen, ranging from vehicles to GI Joe dolls, from a wooded Reavis Road home.

Lt. Chris Webb of the Pickens Sheriff’s office said  there’s a chance anything stolen in the past decade is  now at the jail, overflowing a conference room and in two covered trailers out back and they want to get it back to the owners.

Read more: Sheriff making appointments to identify stolen items

School Open House dates

 

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Pickens County Schools

New Student Registration  July 18,2017 •  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

2017 Open House Dates

 

Harmony, Hill City, Jasper, and Tate Elementary Schools

Grades I- 5   July 27,2017 • 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Kindergarten    July 28, 2017 • 5:30p.m.

Harmony Elementary Pre K.   July 28, 2017 • 4:30p.m.

Hill City Elementary Pre K July 28,2017 • 4:30p.m.

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