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The Old Pickens County Jail: Curating the Past, Present, and Future

Come see the history of the Old Jail as it comes alive in the new panels. The Old Jail is open on most Saturdays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Check their Facebook to confirm status. Consider volunteering to allow more openings. Contact the Pickens Historical Society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or on their Facebook page, The Old Jail in Jasper.
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Pickens Library Grab & Go location open temporarily at Mountain Education school

The Pickens County Library is closed for the next 10-12 months during renovations. The Pickens County Library in Jasper, located at 100 Library Lane, has closed to the public to prepare for upcoming renovations and expansions of its facilities through 2021. While the library is closed, a temporary, limited-service library location called “Pickens Grab & Go” is now available inside the Mountain Education Charter High School building, located at 339 West Church Street. The Grab & Go location is open Sundays from 2 p.m.- 6 p.m., Mondays thru Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.- 8 p.m., and Fridays thru Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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34 percent of Pickens has at least one COVID shot

Approximately 34 percent of Pickens County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of June 7th, according to figures released by the North Georgia Health District (NGHD). The NGHD reported Monday that 10,792 Pickens residents have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine...
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Man in Pickens County arrested for child exploitation

Pickens County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children. Ball Ground, GA (June 2, 2021) – On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Frederick Austin Homonek, age 33, was arrested and charged with four counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Homonek’s online activity after receiving a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the online possession and distribution of images depicting child pornography. This investigation led to a search warrant at Homonek’s home and to the subsequent arrest of Homonek.
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Pickens County man arrested on child porn charges

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit arrested a Pickens County man Tuesday on child pornography charges. According to a press release from the GBI, Frederick Austin Homonek, 33, faces four counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children. The GBI CEACC Unit started an investigation into Homonek...
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In dramatic court finale,Wigington sentenced to 15 years to serve five

Disgraced magistrate nearly collapses when sentence read in court. On Thursday morning, May 27, former Pickens County Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington received a 15-year sentence, to serve five of those years incarcerated and the remaining 10 years on probation, plus paying restitution for his theft of taxpayer money. The sentence...
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Library prepares opening of temporary service location during renovation

The Pickens County Library will be closed for renovations for the next 10-12 months. The Pickens County Library in Jasper, located at 100 Library Lane, has closed to the public to prepare for upcoming renovations and expansions of its facilities through 2021. While the library is closed, a temporary, limited-service library location called “Pickens Grab & Go” will be available inside the Mountain Education Charter High School building, located at 339 West Church Street. The Grab & Go location is anticipated to open to the public during June 2021.
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Pickens County man charged with sexual exploitation of children

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has announced the arrest of a Pickens County man for the sexual exploitation of children. According to the GBI, on Tuesday, June 1, 33-year-old Frederick Austin Homonek, was arrested and charged with four counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children for the possession of child pornography by the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit.
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AG Carr Prosecutes Former Chief Magistrate Judge in Pickens County for Public Corruption

Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that the office’s Prosecution Division has concluded its case against Judge William “Allen” Wigington, former Chief Magistrate Judge in Pickens County. He was found guilty of 1 count of Racketeering, 3 counts of Fourth Degree Forgery, 5 counts of Theft by Taking, 39 counts of Unauthorized Use of a Financial Transaction Card, and 1 Count of Violation of Oath of Office. In total, his crimes amounted to 44 felonies and 5 misdemeanors. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He will serve 5 in custody, followed by the remainder on probation.
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A Georgia judge is going to jail

ATLANTA – A former chief magistrate judge in Pickens County has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruption, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced Thursday. William “Allen” Wigington was found guilty of 44 felonies and five misdemeanors for a variety of crimes, including racketeering, forgery, theft by taking, unauthorized use of a financial transaction card and violating his oath of office.
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Former North Georgia Judge Heading To Prison After Corruption Convictions

A former chief magistrate judge in Pickens County has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruption, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced Thursday. William “Allen” Wigington was found guilty of 44 felonies and five misdemeanors for a variety of crimes, including racketeering, forgery, theft by taking, unauthorized use of a financial transaction card and violating his oath of office.
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AG Carr Prosecutes Former Chief Magistrate Judge in Pickens County for Public Corruption

Attorney General Chris Carr yesterday announced that the office’s Prosecution Division has concluded its case against Judge William “Allen” Wigington, former Chief Magistrate Judge in Pickens County. He was found guilty of 1 count of Racketeering, 3 counts of Fourth Degree Forgery, 5 counts of Theft by Taking, 39 counts of Unauthorized Use of a Financial Transaction Card, and 1 Count of Violation of Oath of Office. In total, his crimes amounted to 44 felonies and 5 misdemeanors. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He will serve 5 in custody, followed by the remainder on probation.