Mike McGhee on his touring bicycle after riding the perimeter of the nation.
Mike McGhee cruised back into town Thursday on his bicycle after a 13,334-mile trip around the perimeter of the United States, saying that it was mostly fun.
Arriving a month ahead of schedule after departing on January 1, the Jasper cyclist was on his third bicycle and had spent a month recuperating after being hit by a truck in Texas on March 6 (which destroyed bike #1).
Looking back over the many days, McGhee described the trip as fun - doing something he enjoyed and visiting towns where he could have the occasional beer and a good meal and find lodging when he needed it.
“I got to see stuff, talk to people,” he said. “It’s a simple lifestyle; you know exactly what you are going to do the next day.”
[Editor’s Note: The sheriff’s office asked us to delay reporting on particulars of these cases until now, so the drug task force agents could investigate connections, particularly involving the large meth trafficking case.]
A man traveling to Tennessee with a large amount of methamphetamine along Highway 515 made the mistake of poor driving in front of a sheriff’s deputy in October.
This was the first of two cases that developed recently from traffic stops. Deputies have also made cases against two students who they believe intended to sell marijuana at the high school campus.
Sheriff spokesman Kris Stancil said it was a lucky break that Lt. Chris Tucker spotted the motorist swerving into the other lane as he was passing through Pickens County. After Tucker pulled the driver over, one kilogram of methamphetamine was seized along with the vehicle.
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Results of the 2017 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) recently released by the Georgia Department of Education show gains at the middle and high school levels, but significant decreases at three of the four elementary schools in Pickens County.
The CCRPI is an annual assessment of Georgia schools and systems to determine if they are preparing students for college and career readiness. The scores are awarded on a 110-point scale and are based on a variety of indicators, the largest being the Georgia Milestones test administered to 3rd through 12th graders. Other indicators include student achievement, progress, state test scores, reading ability, attendance and graduation rates.
According to authorities, credit cards were stolen from a downtown Jasper merchant during business hours and used to purchase gift cards from the local Walmart.
Lieutenant Matt Dawkins with the Jasper Police Department said a black male and black female recently entered the furniture consignment shop Revive Us Again located on Highway 53 and Mark Whitfield Street and “used the old technique where one distracts while the other snoops around to see what they can find,” Dawkins said.
Nancy Roland did a happy dance after winning in the cake walk at Hinton Volunteer Fire Department’s Fall Festival.
Despite a hotly anticipated Georgia Bulldogs game at the same time, hundreds of people turned out for the Hinton Volunteer Fire Department Fall Festival, an annual fundraising event for the west end station.
“We’ll have 400 people in here after 7 p.m.,” said station chief Jerry Edwards. “After the cake walk we’ll put more tables up on that end of the station and it’ll be jam packed with people playing until after 10:30 tonight.”