ATLANTA, GA – In the midst of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for 50 North Georgia counties, including all of metro Atlanta, until 7 a.m. Friday. Until then, much of Georgia can expect damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall of up to six inches in some areas, which could result in localized flash flooding on state routes and interstates as well as on local streets and roads.
William Walsh to discuss new poetry collection, give tips for writing success
William Walsh is the first guest speaker for the Sassafras Literary Exchange in 2020. Walsh is director of the Etowah Valley M.F.A. Program at Reinhardt University. The public is invited to attend the February 20 event held at Southern Appalachian Folk School in Jasper. Renowned poet David Bottoms says of Fly Fishing in Times Square
As part of plans to revamp and reinvigorate the club in 2020, the Sassafras Literary Exchange has invited guest speaker William Walsh, author and director of the Etowah Valley M.F.A. Program at Reinhardt University, to speak at their February meeting.
Walsh will discuss and read a few selections from his new collection of poetry, Fly Fishing in Times Square. He also will touch on his own writing career – from mistakes to triumphs – and give tips about how to be a successful writer. The public is invited to attend.
GBI Press Release
Jasper, Georgia (January, 31,2020) – A Pickens County Junior High schoolteacher has been arrested on four counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes. The teacher is Gilbert Suarez IV, 38 of Cartersville, Georgia. Suarez turned himself into the Pickens County Detention Center on Friday, January 31, 2020. The Pickens County School Board placed Suarez on administrative leave at the beginning of the investigation.
On Saturday, January 25, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Cleveland Office was requested by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office to assist with an investigation into a Pickens County Junior High schoolteacher soliciting inappropriate photographs from female students. During the investigation, three different females were identified as being approached by the teacher, all were under the age of 15. Fortunately, the incident was reported before any photographs were provided.
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Upon completion of this investigation, the case will be provided to the Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Pickens County Magistrate Judge Arrested
Sheriff's Press Release
At approximately 7:30 p.m. today, Pickens County Chief Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington was arrested for multiple incidents of Theft and Violation of Oath of Office.
The Sheriff’s Office began a review of financial documents for Pickens County in mid-December 2019. During the review of these documents, questionable spending activity on the Pickens County credit card issued to Chief Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington was identified. After an initial review, Sheriff Craig reached out to the Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office to discuss the findings. Following this, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested to assist with further investigation.
One page from a year’s worth of Rob Jones’ credit card bills obtained by David Shouse and posted on his commission chair campaign website.
A release of Commission Chair Rob Jones’ credit card statements for the past year by a rival candidate on Facebook show the county’s top elected official dined often at taxpayer’s expense.
While there were a few other items on the card, including car washes, the vast majority were at restaurants.
See this week's print or online editions for the story which includes comments from both David Shouse and Commissioner Rob Jones.