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Comprehensive plan finalized, adopted


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Pickens Planning Director Richard Osborne announced last week that after months of meetings and work the county and cities’ Comprehensive Plan Update has been adopted locally and accepted at the state, thus closing out the process for another cycle.

Updates are required on a five-year basis but this plan as a whole is considered effective from 2018 to 2028. The “stick” used by state government to force local communities through the process is requiring a current plan in place for many grants. 

“It is a big deal,” said Osborne. “It is a requirement.”

Having the approved plan doesn’t directly give the county or cities any funding. On the other hand the plan does not require anything out of the county or any city once adopted. 

Yoga for the people at community center

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     Dobson reaches her arms to demonstrate a modification on the tree pose. People of all skill levels are welcome to participate in her $5 classes.


By Rosa Willis 

Intern reporter

“Her classes are for everybody as a body and everybody as a whole,” said Kathy Fellows. Fellows participates in Karen Dobson’s yoga classes every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at the Pickens Community Center. 

Dobson got her start in yoga at Jasper Athletic Club, taking classes led by Paula Adams who inspired her to become a certified yoga instructor.

Dobson’s class is a relaxing environment that just makes you want to say “Namaste.” The group is mostly women with only one man who participates regularly - though both genders are welcome.

Parents arrested after missing 18-year-old found

Disturbing reports of girl being locked in room for months


Book in photos: Neil and Janet Farrell of Bent Tree

Updated June 28th -- Bond hearing delayed after defense requests more time.

Pickens County Sheriff's Press Release Pickens County Georgia, June 24, 2018: Pickens Sheriff’s Office detectives arrest parents of a teen following an extensive missing person search over the weekend in Pickens County. 

        On Saturday (June 23rd), deputies were dispatched to the residence of Neil and Janet Farrell regarding a missing and possibly endangered person. The Farrell’s reported that their 18-year-old daughter, Olivia, had walked into the woods hours before and they had been unable to locate her. The Farrells also stated that their daughter had a variety of behavioral issues that placed her in jeopardy. The parents also detailed that they had been granted active adult guardianship over Olivia. 

Chandler Smith sets record winning fourth pole position in a row

smith wins 4th pole

        This past weekend Chandler Smith and his Venturinni Motor Sports ARCA team took on the Madison Wisconsin 1/2 mile track. Coming off a history making three poles in a row performance at Toledo Ohio a few weeks ago, it was time to try and beat his own record.

After leading practice, it was time to qualify. When it was all over, Chandler broke his own ARCA record and won his 4th pole in a row. Winning the pole was great but Chandler wanted a win. At the start of the race Chandler lead a few laps before radioing his crew chief letting him know that his right front wheel was loose. Having to pit put Chandler behind running 15th and way behind. Knowing he had a great car, Chandler slowly but surely picked off his competitors one by one. By lap 103