By Angela Reinhardt
We don’t know how to handle the cold here in Pickens County - and why should we? We’re southerners.
I realize not everyone reading this is from the south, but like many of you I’ve always called Georgia home.
Photo / Savannah Laney - Dragons' Lair News.
Two all-state bassoon players and best friends are the class of 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian. Will Lawson (valedictorian) and Haley Mathews (salutatorian) were named last week to these top academic titles for having the highest GPAs at Pickens High. They are pictured with PHS Principal Eddie McDonald.
See profiles of the two students in next week’s PHS Dragons’ Lair News page for the Pickens County Progress.
While it’s been mostly cordial, the board of commissioners and the clerk of court have been at odds since October of 2013 over budget cuts to the point that an e-mail from Clerk of Court Gail Brown indicated a possible suit against the county could be forthcoming.
In an interview last week, Brown said the only way she would ever file a “mandamus” action against the county would be as an absolute final resort and that her office has been able to absorb the unwanted cuts so far. But Brown was also clear that her office is under-funded and under-staffed and she feels the commissioners have cut her funding unfairly and “micro-managed” her operations.
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Opinions issued in several high profile, gruesome murder cases
In this high-profile Gwinnett County case, the Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence given to a young woman who was 15 years old when she and her sister were charged with killing their adoptive mother.
Catherine O’Connell was 11 years old when Muriel O’Connell adopted her from a Guatemalan orphanage. A few years later, Muriel adopted a second daughter, Brenda, from the same orphanage. The girls were the same age, had known each other at the orphanage, and quickly formed a strong bond with each other. But their relationship with their mother gradually deteriorated. There were confrontations over cell phone bills and boyfriends, and Muriel told friends she feared for her life.
Library program packs serious benefits for kids
Abby will be at the library again Monday, Jan. 27.
By Laiken Owens
One of the many programs offered at the Pickens Library is READing Paws with Abby, a program that improves children’s reading and communication skills by reading to a highly trained animal.
READing Paws has now been at the library for two years thanks to volunteers Don Miller and his medium sized mixed-breed dog Abby. READing Paws, an affiliate of Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ), offers a relaxed, safe, nonjudgmental way for children to become motivated about reading.