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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.