Volume 01, Number 03
Police Bust Drug Ring
By Kyle Ford
Pinebox, Georgia – Police arrested suspected drug dealer Hutch Miller and an accomplice early Tuesday morning following an anonymous tip.
According to a statement by Pinebox Police chief Butch Anderson, officers discovered more than ten pounds of methamphetamine in the trunk of Miller’s vehicle. This is the largest drug seizure this year in Pinebox, with a street value of over $20,000.
Methamphetamine, also known as ice and crystal meth, is a highly addictive and frequently abused drug.
Miller and his accomplice were injured resisting arrest. They were treated at Carter Greystone Memorial Hospital and released into police custody. A bail hearing is set for Monday.
Chief Anderson said, “This is a major victory in our war on drugs. I would like to thank our tipster and of course the solid law enforcement work by our professional police officers.”
Green Mark Corporation to Buy O’Brien Sawmill
By Andrew Mach
Pinebox, Georgia – In a unanimous vote, the Golan County zoning board today approved Green Mark Corporation’s purchase of O’Brien Sawmill. The measure was opposed by a number of organizations, including the Sierra Club and Georgia Clean.
The sawmill, which was built in 1939, has been idle since the early 1980’s. According to a Green Mark press release, it will be renovated into a state-of-the-art lumber processing facility. The renovation will inject nearly $1 million into the local economy. In full operation, the mill will provide more than 100 new jobs.
Green Mark Corporation, based in Ogden, Oregon, is extending it’s lumber operations into the southeast. The company purchased timber rights in state-owned land throughout Golan County under a controversial measure approved by Governor Nathan Deal last year. Green Mark also owns or has options to purchase a number of forested tracts in and around Pinebox.
Zoning board approval was required for the sawmill because the property was re-zoned in 2000 for a proposed wilderness lodge resort. The resort project failed following the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the property has been unused since.
Large Cat Stalks Jogger
By Steve May
Mary Stevens reported that a “large cat, like a lion, but bigger” stalked her as she jogged along a trail off Whiskey Creek.
“I was jogging down the trail when I kept hearing something in the bushes just to my right, but hidden in the underbrush. I stopped and waited, then called out, wondering if someone was out there with me. Then I saw it’s green eyes. The head was huge, in fact I think it was a liger.”
Ligers are a mix of tigers and lions that grow larger than any other big cat. They can consume as much as 600 pounds of meat a day. Ligers are the result of accidental crossbreeding in zoos. Only a few of them are known to exist, and none have escaped into the wild.
“There is no liger in our woods,” stated Sheriff Anderson. “I don’t doubt that she saw something. It may have been a cougar, or maybe a black bear.”
Mary responded that she knows what she saw, and that “there is something big out there. Way big.”
Mary stated she slowly walked away, but the big cat followed her for another half mile, before she made it to a road and car traffic scared the beast away.
When asked what people should do when they spot such an animal, Sheriff Anderson responded, “Move slow. Deliberate. Keep your head about you and walk away. Wild animals are more afraid of us than we are of them.”
Local Professor Honored for Ecology Work
By Marc McAfee
Pinebox, Georgia – SWGU professor Jeffery Douglas won this year’s Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science. The award recognizes Dr. Douglas’s studies of the Southeastern Plains biome, particularly the Dougherty Plain and Tifton Uplands regions in and around Golan County.
The award carries a cash prize of $250,000 to support the recipient’s future research. This is the first time a member of the SWGU faculty has received a Benjamin Franklin Medal.
Founded in 1824, the Franklin Institute Medals are the oldest science honor granted in the country. The Institute awards this honor on the basis of uncommon insight, skill and creativity, as well as its ability to impact the future or have public benefit.
Creature Sighted near Crenshaw’s Lost Pond
By Marc McAfee
Pinebox, Georgia – It appears that Crenshaw’s Devil is back. New sightings of the creature have been re-ported to the Pinebox Police Depart-ment. There have been seven reported sightings since Halloween, and many locals in the area are afraid to allow their children or pets to enter the woods.
Annie Mae Olson was one of the first locals to spot the creature at the Lost Pond, deep in Crenshaw’s Woods,
“Something is in those woods, I seen it, and something has got to be done about it. It ain’t safe. Maybe it’s an escaped monkey or something, but until they catch it, I ain’t lettin’ my kids go there.”
In her 9-1-1 call, Annie stated that the creature seemed to be drinking from the popular swimming hole at ap-proximately six pm, when she and her children happened upon it. She said,
“It raised up, looked at us and screamed, then fled into the woods.”
Samuel Curtis also reported spy-ing the creature from his mobile home, just outside the wooded area.
“I heard a racket, and looked out my window. It was attacking my dogs, and had already killed my basset hound. I grabbed my shotgun and chased after it, but lost it somewhere in the woods. It took my dog’s body with it.”
Police investigated and deter-mined that an animal had broken into the yard and apparently killed the dog, dragging the carcass into the woods. Of-ficials refused to speculate on what kind of animal killed the dog.