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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. 

Schools serving free lunch for kids this summer

school lunch program

Food Service Employee Jennifer Hoffard and school bus driver Randy Baker serve free lunches to kids at Mountainside Manor Apartments. All Pickens County kids age 2-18 can get free lunches this summer through a federal program.  


If you’ve been at Mountainside Apartments, the rec. center at Roper Park, or Hill City Elementary around lunchtime, you may have seen kids lined up at a bus to get a sack lunch. 

If you’re a parent and wondered who these mysterious people are giving food to kids, it’s nothing to be leery of. It’s called “Seamless Summer” and is a federally funded program that offers free lunch to any child in the county age 2-18. The Pickens County School System qualifies for the program because over 50 percent (52 percent) of its student body are on free or reduced lunch.

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

Jasper seeks to double wastewater treatment

city water treatment plant

Progress file photo

An earlier shot of the city’s wastewater plant. The city is beginning work on a plan to expand it greatly in the next several years.

Interim City Manager Jim Looney and Water Department Superintendent David Hall met with engineer Ben Turnipseed Friday to discuss what will be needed to see Jasper’s sewage capacity doubled over the next several years.

All members of the council and mayor had been invited to the meeting on short notice, but none were able to attend. Looney said several council members had been away on summer vacations. 

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