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Superintendent Perry announces resignation


suptFrom Dr. Lula Mae Perry - sent December 7

To the Pickens County Community:

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Superintendent of Pickens County Schools. Having the opportunity to work on behalf of our students, staff, and the community will always be among my most heartfelt memories. I am extremely grateful for the wonderful encouragement you have given me during my tenure in Pickens. Allow me to share some things I know are true:

We have an outstanding school system with enormous potential. Our students are exceptional, bright, and creative. Our district has been blessed with talented people who genuinely love and care for children and who share a strong commitment to all students achieving at the highest levels. This community is unbelievably supportive of our schools. Throughout the past four school years, my Board has remained dedicated to the success of both students and staff. No superintendent could ask for more!

I made the decision to resign my position as Superintendent effective January 1, 2017. Serving students has always been a calling for me. Like many, I chose education as my life’s work to make a differencein some small wayin the lives of children. I promised myself that when the time came to leave this position, I would do so with no regretsto have worked diligently every day to leave things better than I found them. Working together, we have made great progress! When appointed your Superintendent in July 2013, I was given the unbelievable opportunity of joining the Dragon Nation family. As I step down, I will carry with me fond memories of our students and will continue to cheer loudly and boldly for them from afar.

Thanking You for What You Do on Behalf of Children,

Dr. Lula Mae Perry 

Christmas parade lights up Jasper


photo/Max Caylor
    One of the colorful floats from Saturday’s Night of Lights parade sponsored by the Jasper Merchants Association. See tons more photos of  the evening in this week's print or online editions.

By Max Caylor
Contributing writer

    Some 50 festive floats, costumed dancers, multi-colored Jeeps, the PHS Band and more made their way down Main Street during the 10th annual Jasper Merchants Association's Night of Lights parade last Saturday.
    The evening also included Santa, performances and the lighting of the Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn.
    Fifty vendors and five food concessions were available to serve the surprisingly large  crowd of holiday revelers who came out despite the rain.

This weekend’s Elf, Jr. promises to thaw hearts


• Show times are Friday, December 9th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 10th at 2:30 and 7 p.m.
• Tickets are $10 at the door (cash only) or may be purchased in advance at FX Hair Salon, East Church St. with cash or credit card. All proceeds go to the PHS Drama Department.

    Everybody knows Santa and his elves love their jobs. What’s not to love when you make toys at the North Pole for Christmas Eve deliveries? All the elves in Santa’s workshop are loving life this time of year - all but one.
    Buddy, the largest elf in the frigid northland, has become uncharacteristically unhappy. Buddy discovers  he accidentally fell into Santa’s bag when he was a baby. Growing up believing he was an elf, Buddy had no idea he was actually human until he grew into a full-sized person. That knowledge, coupled with the fact that he’s a pretty  bad toymaker, make him realize he doesn’t belong at the North Pole.

Report of deputy/motorist collision in hands of D.A.


A February 14, 2016 wreck involving a Pickens County Sheriff's Deputy left both the deputy and another motorist badly injured. The GSP has recently completed a report on the incident.

Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney Alison Sosebee confirmed Thursday her office has received  the report on a February 14th wreck between a 23-year-old driver and a Pickens deputy  compiled by the Ga. State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team – all 3,000 pages of it.
    The Highway 515 crash left both the driver, Syndel Kabchef of Acworth, and veteran local officer, Sgt. Rick Hales, badly injured. Hales has been released from the hospital and rehabilitation center where he remained for months with spinal injuries but Hales continues to undergo physical therapy. He remains on leave as a deputy.

See full story in this week's print and online editions.

Needles found on Nelson walking trail

Residents warned not to touch them, call 911

By Ralph O. Dennis
Contributing writer
    December 5th was the regularly scheduled meeting of the Nelson City Council. The agenda was short to begin with but became shorter as the meeting progressed. The council was scheduled to hear the engineer’s report on the drainage issues on Cherokee and School streets. He was unable to attend the meeting because of a death in his family. The presentation will now be on December 15 at the work session/ public hearing.
    See full story in this week's print or online editions.