A tragic accident Monday claimed the life of the Pickens mother and daughter.
Photo from Tiffany Allen-Stephens Facebook
Progress staff reports
[Additional reporting from Mark Millican, Ellijay Times Courier]
A Pickens County mother and daughter were killed Monday morning in a tragic wreck on Highway 515 about three miles south of Ellijay as the 16-year-old was driving her mother to work.
On Friday, June Phang, 10, became the first swimmer from Pickens County to win a state championship. Phang took first in the 25 yard breast-stroke in the 10-and-under category at the state meet in Tifton with a time of 17.30 seconds. She also finished second in the 100 yard individual medley.
The next day, her brother, Terry Phang, 14, became the second state champion from the SeaDragons. Phang took first in the 100 yard individual medley (IM) with a time of 1 minute, 4.28 seconds. He also took second in the 50-yard breast stroke.
From Cherokee Fire services
Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a car fire Wednesday night on Ball Ground Highway (Highway 372), near the intersection of Dodd Lane.
The still standing structure of Jasper’s Dairy Queen, which caught fire last Tuesday. Portions of the structure have been boarded up as construction workers wait to see what will come next for the building.
The state fire marshal is expected to make a second trip to the Dairy Queen site on East Church Street later this week to further investigate the cause of the blaze that destroyed the landmark restaurant dating from the late 1950s.
Elementary grades fail to meet state math standards
By Eileen Steinhauer
The Pickens County school district has been awarded two lottery-funded prekindergarten classes for the 2014-2015 school year.
Although the school district requested eight pre-K classes, it was announced at last week’s board of education meeting that two were granted. Both classes will be housed at Hill City Elementary, which was determined by Bright from the Start, the state agency in charge of pre-K.