Picken’s Ferst “criminal” on the lam (Courtesy Pickens Ferst)

Bob’s journey to justice: ‘criminal’ on the lam

Bob Mackey’s “life of crime” had finally caught up to him, or so we thought. He was supposed to be arrested for “incredibly terrible golf” on Tuesday, April 24 in Jasper. His bail would have been set by Judge Jeff Downing and he would not have been released until the bail was paid. His bail would have been donated to the Pickens FERST Foundation for Childhood Literacy. Rumor has it, however, that Mackey developed cold feet and was unwilling to answer for his crimes.

PickensGrayson Grayson confirms Mackey is on the lam (Photo by Bonnie Plikaytis)

Mackey hasn’t been spotted in Big Canoe for a couple of weeks. Rather than jump to conclusions regarding his departure, interested parties turned to the experts at BCAR. Grayson a magnificent two-year-old Australian Cattle Dog who lives at the Big Canoe Animal Rescue while hoping to find a forever family, came to the rescue. Australian cattle dogs are known to be alert, extremely intelligent, watchful, courageous and trustworthy with an implicit devotion to duty and Grayson is no exception. She searched the mountain trails, the creeks and lake pathways, and the Clubhouse at Lake Sconti where Mackey was reputed to hang out. She reported that Mackey was not in Big Canoe and was most likely on the lam. (By the way, if you would like to meet the lovely Grayson, visit BCAR Open House on Saturdays from 11 until 2 or call BCAR, 706-268-1346, and make an appointment to meet her.)

Judge Jeff is sure to be upset over this turn of events. Mackey volunteered to be a Pickens Ferst Foundation detainee for its annual Jail ‘n Bail event and Judge Jeff might add to his bail for leaving the area. Pickens FERST prepares pre-school children for reading and learning success in school by promoting early reading and parent/family involvement.

Since the program’s inception, Pickens FERST has mailed over 100,000 books to program participants. Over 70% of all Pickens County children under five participate in the program. Every month children from birth to five years of age are mailed an age-appropriate book with literacy support materials for the parent free of charge. All children under the age of five in Pickens County and all of Big Canoe are eligible to register. There is no income requirement.

Pickens Ferst is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit public foundation that is listed as a four-star charity on www.charitynavigator.org. Individuals or groups who contribute $180 to cover the cost of one child’s books for five years will be recognized as Platinum Donors. All contributions, however, add up. Tax deductible donations can be given to Mackey (if he returns), placed in his alpha box or mailed to Pickens Ferst Foundation, P.O. Box 2062, Jasper, GA 30143 with Bob’s name in the note section. Mackey’s fine is sure to be large and he must rely on his friends to help, though a few have donated to keep him in jail.

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