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Wreck-A-Mended Auto Body owner arrested for rape, child molestation

Sheriff also responds to citizen concerns about proximity of registered sex offender's business to Pickens High School


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Jeremy Lee Remlinger, a registered sex offender, was arrested at his business in Jasper for rape, child molestation, sexual battery and many other charges related to inappropriate sexual contact with minors.  


   Pickens Sheriff's Press Release - On Monday, August 5, 2019 Detectives and Uniform Patrol Deputies with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeremy Lee Remlinger at his business located at near the intersection of Georgia Highway 53 East and Camp Road. 

Detectives have been and are still currently investigating reports that Remlinger has had inappropriate sexual contact with minors in Pickens County, GA. He has been arrested for the following offenses: Rape, Statutory Rape, Child Molestation, Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes, Sexual Battery, Solicitation of Sodomy, False Imprisonment, and Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation. Remlinger is a Registered Sex Offender in Pickens County, GA. This investigation is still ongoing and additional charges are expected at this time.


     Sheriff Responds to Citizen Concerns: The following is a public statement Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig posted on social media regarding concerns about the suspect's proximity to Pickens High School. "We have noticed numerous questions regarding the location of Mr. Remlinger’s business since he was a registered Sex Offender. This portion of Georgia Law can get confusing because the specific requirements of a registered sex offender are based upon the time of their offense. As the law would change, it would change for offenders after that date only; not offenders before that time. In the case of Mr. Remlinger, the offense date listed on his indictment was prior to July 2006. Offenders prior to that date were required to register their residence and employment location, but there were no restrictions placed on the proximity of his place of work to schools. Due to this, he was allowed to have a business located near a school.

     These same questions relate to his ability to be in the presence of children. During the time of his Probation, which was completed in 2016, there were specific regulations as to when and who he could be around. Once his sentence was complete, these conditions no longer applied because of the date of his offense.

     We know that there is a lot of confusion surrounding this topic and wanted to do the best we could to explain it. We are bound by the limitations of law on what we can and cannot enforce as it relates to Sex Offenders. In the event that you are interested in studying the topic further, you can look up O.C.G.A. § 42-1-15, O.C.G.A. § 42-1-16, O.C.G.A. § 42-1-17 for further details (you may want some coffee for the read). 

You can also view sex offenders that live in our area through the link below:… or by visiting our website at Detectives are continuing to work closely with other potential victims in this case. We are doing everything that we can to conduct a thorough investigation that leaves no stone unturned."

SPLOST numbers explained by Jones

Parks have more allotment under most recent figures



With just a few weeks until the deadline to get final ballot language to the Pickens County Elections Office, Pickens Commission Chair Rob Jones sat down to discuss the most up-to-date SPLOST numbers. 

A SPLOST question will appear on the November 2019 ballot, along with several key local races. By law, local leaders must provide voters with a general description of how SPLOST money will be spent (specific projects don’t have to be detailed in the ballot language, but projected SPLOST revenues must be separated into categories such as “Road, Street, Bridge Projects.”) Leaders can opt for a five-year SPLOST, with revenue projections of $30 million, or a six-year SPLOST, with revenue projections of $37 million. 

        See full story in this week's print or online editions 

Gaslight Players are a new theater troupe of Pickens-based actors

Group to bring Yasmina Reza’s “Art” to Jasper this month



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The Gaslight Players is a newly-formed theater troupe whose members have grown up in local theater. This July they wrapped up a sell-out run of “Smoke on the Mountain” in Canton, and are now gearing up for a production of “Art” at The Conservancy in Jasper. Here, founding member Eric Reinhardt talks about the group, their vision, and plans for the future. 

Read more: Gaslight Players are a new theater troupe of Pickens-based actors

It’s official: People are speeding

County signs give valuable insight into traffic speed and volume


These signs track drivers' speed around the county - and they show that motorists regularly go over the speed limit. 

If you think people fly on certain roads, you are probably right. The first batch of speed reports from Pickens County show on key problem roads the average speed is over the speed limit and the maximum speeds recorded are scary.

If you have seen the signs on area roads that display your speed and flash when you are exceeding the speed limit, the sign has seen you too. The county has been following a protocol since December of placing the signs in areas where people call to complain about speeding or where they believe there is a persistent problem.

       See this week's print or online editions for full story and chart of recorded speeds around the county. 

Jasper First Baptist youth mission trip marks 43 years of annual service

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      Youth from the Jasper First Baptist worked at the  Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth, and Families. Projects included maintaining the bike trails, building decks, building a playground, and sanding and staining the hardwood floors of some of the cabins. 


The planning for the annual Youth Mission Trip at First Baptist Church of Jasper is essentially year-round and nonstop. This is evidenced by the efficiency of this trip. Through trial and error, the Youth Mission Trip has continuously evolved and now operates as a well oiled machine. This is how FBCJ is able to report that this year marked the 43rd year of this annual trip, and the success of this year’s trip to the Black Mountain Home for Children in Black Mountain, North Carolina. 

Read more: Jasper First Baptist youth mission trip marks 43 years of annual service