Education, geography biggest factors in age for first time moms in Pickens, throughout country
Women in Pickens County become mothers at earlier ages than women in more affluent metro Atlanta counties but are similar in age to other north Georgia women and those in far south Georgia.
If you are a typical Pickens County woman, the age at which you will likely have your first child is 23.6, according to an analysis of four decades of births from data from the National Center for Health Statistics. But for women here with a college education, the age rises to 28.7, a full five years later. The average age for married women here to have children is 25.
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“We knew if we made it comfortable and enjoyable for ladies, we’d be on target,” said Carlton Wilson, one of the owners of Appalachian Gun Range, on Highway 515 in south Pickens County.
Opening earlier this year, the range, located in the same building at Appalachian Gun and Pawn, is a combination of classic bare wood with the latest technology for shooters, including advanced video targets projected down the range, in addition to standard paper targets.
Composite sketch of the woman and tattoo.
The Bartow County sheriff is attempting to identify a woman whose dismembered body was found at a dump site earlier this week and says her distinctive tattoos may be the key.
Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap said the woman is a white female who was between the ages of 18 and 35 and had reddish or brown hair. She was between the heights of 5'2" and 5'6" and approximately 150 pounds.
She has tattoos of two Easter lilies with a sacred heart in between them as well as two names, one on each shoulder blade. Millsap said they're not releasing the names in the hope that will allow them to confirm the woman's identity.
By Ralph O. Dennis
It took two attempts and more than three years of hard work but the Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park has been dedicated. With a gathering estimated to be between 500 and 600, the members of the Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park Association (PCVMPA) held an impressive ceremony Thursday.
The park project came about by the desire of several residents wanting to honor those who served in our armed forces not just those that gave their lives in service. Pickens County has the largest percentage of residents that are veterans of any county in the United States. Twelve percent of our residents have served.
photo/Jasper Police Department
This is one of the fake $20 bills a local business accepted in a transaction. Note the word “replica” (Circled in picture). Businesses are asked to call authorities if they receive a bill like this.
There haven’t been huge quantities collected, but the Jasper Police Department is asking businesses to be on the watch for fake money that turned up at a local bank this week.
The fake money, which JPD Lt. Matt Dawkins said is “funny money” or movie money used on movie sets, was accepted by two local businesses who tried to deposit it at a Jasper bank.