Dr. Carlton Wilson
In a surprising 3-2 vote, Dr. Carlton Wilson has been selected as sole finalist for the Pickens County School Superintendent, beating out an unprecedented 48 candidates for the position.
See this week's print or online editions for Dr. Wilson's response to concerns from school board members Byron Long and Delane Lewis, who voted against his approval as finalist. Also see a full statement from Dr. Wilson on his selection as the sole finalist.
This story was originally printed in the October 13, 2016 edition of the Pickens Progress. This article has been referenced several times publicly, most recently at a Pickens Seniors for Change meeting and in a Letter to the Editor, which cited it as being inaccurate. We stand by the original story and are reposting it exactly as it was printed.
At a recent meeting of the Pickens County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Lula Mae Perry referenced an article published in the AJC back in August titled “Teacher Pay in Georgia: Which Georgia school system pays teachers most?” The article ranked Pickens
with the ninth highest paid teachers in the state, on aver- age.
Dr. Perry and the board appeared pleased with the ranking and expressed their support for teachers. The Progress followed up with a few questions to find out a little more about why teachers here make about $4,000 more annually than the state average of $54,750, and to learn how teacher pay is calculated.
Dr. Carlton Wilson
Dr. Carlton Wilson has been named the single finalist for superintendnet of Pickens County Schools in a 3-2 vote from the school board. Dr. Wilson was selected as the sole finalist from a pool of 49 applicants. Dr. Wilson joined the Pickens County School District in 1996 as a teacher at Pickens County Middle School, where he taught for four years. In 2000 he began his administrative career as Assistant Principal of Jasper Primary School. He became principal of Hill City Elementary School in 2002, where he remained for 11 years. Most recently he worked as principal of Japser Elementary. The board anticipates finalizing Dr. Wilson as superintendent after the mandated 14-day public comment period. See full coverage of the superintendent selection and surprising 3-2 vote in next week's edition.
Execution Date Set for J.W. Ledford, Jr., Convicted of Murder
April 26, 2017
ATLANTA, GA –Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr offers the following information in the case against J.W. Ledford, Jr., who is currently scheduled to be executed on May 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for the 1992 murder of Dr. Harry Buchanan Johnston, Jr.
Ledford has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings. Accordingly, the Superior Court of Murray County today filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of J.W. Ledford, Jr. may occur begining at noon, May 16, 2017 and ending 7 days later at noon on May 23, 2017.
Ledford’s Crime (January 31, 1992)
The Georgia Supreme Court summarized the facts of the case as follows:
The defendant, J. W. Ledford, Jr. was convicted of the malice murder of Dr. Harry Buchanan Johnston, Jr., as well as two counts of armed robbery, one count of burglary, and one count of kidnapping Dr. Johnston's wife, Antoinette. The jury recommended that a sentence of death be imposed for the conviction of malice murder, and the trial court sentenced him to death. The trial court also sentenced the defendant to two consecutive life sentences and two twenty-year concurrent terms for the remaining offenses.
Cherokee County, Ga. April 26, 2017>. Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a tractor trailer that had left the roadway on Highway 369 near Yellow Creek Road in the Freehome Community at approximately 2:30pm Tuesday. As deputies approached the tractor trailer a three car accident occurred at the intersection. A vehicle, driven by Martha Spriggs, 58 years old of Canton, was traveling east on Hwy 369 and was stopped at the intersection waiting to make a left turn onto >