Debra Plaster of Demorest said folks in Habersham County aren't used to the kind of local news they heard a week ago when a pizza restaurant employee was shot during an armed robbery in the small town of Cornelia.
Only a handful of local sex offenders so far have taken advantage of a change in state law that lifted restrictions on where many of them could live and work.
Since Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the law May 21, only 14 of Hall County's 247 registered sex offenders have come into the sheriff's office to provide authorities with new address information, said Investigator Mike Mazarky. He estimated half of those were new registrants.