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Waxing nostalgic: “Photos of Pickens County Georgia” goes viral

Residents reminisce with loads of old photos on new Facebook page  


The old courthouse with the Edge Building that houses the Pickens Progress in the background:

One of the “Photos of Pickens County Georgia” creator Gaylon Mathew’s 

favorites that have been posted on the Facebook page. 


Just a week after photographer Gaylon Mathews created a Facebook page dedicated to sharing photos of Pickens County history, the group had already attracted over 4,300 members who had made over 95,000 posts/comments/reactions. 

In the first post on “Photos of Pickens County Georgia,” created April 7, 2019, Mathews outlines the page’s goal: to “share photos of businesses, industry, churches, cemeteries, abandoned structures, old home places, attractions, waterfalls, lakes and ponds, wildlife street photos, people, sports, incidents, newsworthy events, farms, and so on.” 

Read more: Waxing nostalgic: “Photos of Pickens County Georgia” goes viral

Plants, plants and more plants at Farmers’ Market


      Every 2nd Saturday of the month the Pickens County Master Gardeners will have educational programs at the Jasper Farmers’ Market.


By Heather Giambra


Another fine day for our farmers’ market, despite the possibility of rain, that did not appear. We are grateful to be dry and warm to conduct business, despite the smaller turnout. Thank goodness the Bark in The Park event drew dogs and their people in as they took notice and sauntered over to peruse the great things our vendors have to offer. 

Read more: Plants, plants and more plants at Farmers’ Market

Like a colored egg, Easter rolls in

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Some of the children took a moment to share their findings while others collected special treats from the Easter Bunny at the Tate Egg Hunt Saturday. If you missed this one, don’t fret, churches and groups across the county are offering a basketful of Easter services and activities. See ads for upcoming hunts and church services throughout this edition.


By Max Caylor

Progress contributor 


It was a spectacular day in Tate Saturday as local businesses sponsored their first community egg hunt. Earlier, Cool Springs Baptist Church and Tate United Methodist held their annual egg hunts and in the evening, the Tate Meat Market held a gospel singing in front of their store.

“Thank you for coming to our first Tate Community Egg Hunt and we appreciate the support of our local businesses who came together to sponsor our event,” said Katie Bell, owner of Bell’s Family Pharmacy.

Read more: Like a colored egg, Easter rolls in

“Death of a child is imminent,” detective says of vaping

Schools, sheriff, DA see demo of new weapon in fight against drugs


sheriff machine

School, sheriff and district attorney personnel on Friday discussed efforts that could be taken to combat vaping among teens and the vaping of illegal synthetic substances.

The meeting at the school board offices featured the demonstration of a $48,000 handheld device that could identify the “fingerprints” of thousands of different drugs, as well as explosive material with no advanced chemistry training needed to operate it.

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Execution date for Hall county murderer

Execution Date Set for Scotty Garnell Morrow, Convicted of Murder 
April 12, 2019
ATLANTA, GA – An execution date for Scotty Garnell Morrow has been set for May 2, 2019. Attorney General Chris Carr offers the following information in the case against Morrow for the murder of Barbara Ann Young and Tonya Rochelle Woods.
Scheduled Execution
On April 12, 2019, the Superior Court of Hall County filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Scotty Garnell Morrow may occur to begin at noon, May 2, 2019 and end seven days later at noon on May 9, 2019. Morrow has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.
Morrow’s Crime (December 29, 1994)
The Georgia Supreme Court summarized the facts of the case as follows:
Barbara Ann Young began dating Scotty Morrow in June 1994 and she broke up with him in December 1994 because of his abusive behavior. At 9:52 a.m. on December 29, 1994, Morrow telephoned Ms. Young at her home, but she told him that she wanted him to leave her alone. After hanging up, Morrow drove to Ms. Young’s home and entered without permission. Ms. Young was in the kitchen with two of her friends, Tonya Woods and LaToya Horne. Two of Ms. Young’s children, five-year-old Christopher and eight-month-old Devonte, were also present. There was an argument in the kitchen and Ms. Woods told Morrow to leave because Ms. Young did not want to have anything to do with him anymore. Morrow yelled, "Shut your mouth, bitch!" and pulled a nine-millimeter pistol from his waistband. He shot Ms. Woods in the abdomen and Ms. Horne in the arm. The bullet that struck Ms. Woods severed her spinal cord, paralyzing her from the waist down.
Ms. Young fled down the hallway and into her bedroom. Morrow caught her in the bedroom and beat her on the head and face. She managed to flee back to the hallway where Morrow grabbed her by the hair and shot her point-blank in the head, killing her. From his hiding place in a nearby bedroom, Christopher saw Morrow kill his mother. Morrow returned to the kitchen. Testimony as to clicking noises and the fact that a live cartridge was found on the kitchen floor indicate that he either reloaded his pistol or cleared a jam. He then placed the muzzle of the pistol an inch from Ms. Woods’ chin and killed her with a shot to the head. The medical examiner opined that, although she was paralyzed, Ms. Woods had not lost much blood at that time and was probably still conscious when the fatal shot was fired. Morrow also shot Ms. Horne two more times, in the face and the arm, and fled after cutting the telephone line.
Despite her injuries, which included a shattered palate, permanent deafness in one ear, and nerve damage in an arm, Ms. Horne managed to get to her feet and run to a neighbor’s house. She and Christopher told the responding police officers that Morrow was the shooter. Morrow confessed after his arrest and the murder weapon was found hidden in his backyard. At trial, Morrow admitted that he shot the victims because he "wanted [Ms. Woods] to shut up."
Morrow v. State, 272 Ga. 691, 699-700 (2000).
The Trial (1995-1999)
Morrow was indicted in the Superior Court of Hall County, Georgia on March 6, 1995 for two counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, six counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, cruelty to a child, burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. On June 26, 1999, a jury found Morrow guilty on all counts. The jury’s recommendation of a death sentence was returned on June 29, 1999.
The Direct Appeal (2000-2001)
The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed Morrow’s convictions and death sentence on June 12, 2000. Morrow v. State, 272 Ga. 691 (2000). The United States Supreme Court denied Morrow’s request to appeal on March 26, 2001. Morrow v. Georgia, 532 U.S. 944 (2001).
State Habeas Corpus Proceedings (2001-2012)
Morrow filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the Superior Court of Butts County, Georgia on October 30, 2001. An evidentiary hearing was held on April 25-26, 2005. On February 4, 2011, the state habeas corpus court entered an order denying habeas relief as to Morrow’s convictions and granting habeas relief as to his death sentence finding that he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel. The State appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court, which reversed the habeas court’s order and reinstated Morrow’s death sentence on October 17, 2011. Humphrey v. Morrow, 289 Ga. 864 (2011). The United States Supreme Court denied Morrow’s request to appeal on April 23, 2012. Morrow v. Humphrey, 566 U.S. 964 (2012).
Federal Habeas Corpus Proceedings (2012-2019)
Morrow filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on March 8, 2012. On July 28, 2016, the district court denied Morrow federal habeas relief. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s denial of relief on March 27, 2018. Morrow v. Warden, Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Prison, 886 F.3d 1138 (11th Cir. 2018). The United States Supreme Court denied Morrow’s request to appeal on February 19, 2019. Morrow v. Ford, 2019 U.S. LEXIS 1039 (2019).