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PHS band director keyed up for 2012 season


Above, the 2012-2013 PHS Band.

Submitted by PHS Band publicity


     What if the world experienced a disaster?  Would someone rise to bring humanity back to where we belong? 
      The PHS Bands explores these questions with the 2012 show entitled “The Guardian”.  The show will feature music by the groups Muse, Imogen Heap, Radiohead and the Foo Fighters.      The field show will include a Guardian (played by feature twirler, Ellyn Duncan) who helps lead the band out of the destruction of a cataclysmic event and into safety and prosperity.  Utilizing voice overs and dramatic acting in addition to marching, the show will be a fun show to watch by football audiences and judges alike.

Let's get ready for some football Pickens County

PHS Dragons' Preview in this week's edition



The 2012 edition of the Pickens High School football team will begin their season this Friday evening at Fannin High School.

The team will be lead by first year Head Coach Chris Parker who has already received an accolade from the Atlanta Journal Constitution naming him “best hire in AAAA.”

See complete story in this week's print or e-edition.

County looking at options for replacing Rec. director


     Commissioner Rob Jones said he is considering different options to replace Recreation Department Director Melinda Goss who was dismissed last Thursday.

     Jones said he will present the issue to the recreation and parks board this week to get some input, but that his first thought is to operate with an interim director for the remainder of 2012. He said by delaying it until that time, the full three-person commission can be sworn in and he can enlist the two district commissioners in the hiring process.

     Jones confirmed over the weekend that he had dismissed Goss, who has served as director of the parks and recreation department for the past several years and has worked in the program for the last 21 years. “It was no secret that there were some issues with that program,” he said.

Powerball jackpot bumped up to $320 million

ATLANTA – Georgia Lottery officials announced today that Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot has been raised from $305 million to $320 million as a result of brisk ticket sales.

The Powerball jackpot has been growing since June 27 and has rolled 14 times.

Powerball offers two payment options: the $320 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $213 million.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.6 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


Draw Date: August 15, 2012

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $320 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $213 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: June 27, 2012
Number of Rolls: 14
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: June 23, 2012 – $60 million jackpot (Connecticut winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: Feb. 18, 2006 – $365 million jackpot (Nebraska winner)


Work on Hwy. 53 bridge over Amicalola extended

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Georgia DOT announces maintenance work on the State Route 53/Jasper Highway bridge over the Amicalola Creek will take longer than planned. Crews are currently working on the SR 53 Bridge over Amicalola Creek west of Tinsley Chapel Road, approximately 3 miles from the Dawson/Pickens County line. The bridge will remain reduced to one lane through August 31 for reconstruction. A temporary traffic signal is directing traffic across the bridge.

“The reconstruction work is taking longer than expected. If the weather cooperates, the work will be completed by August 31. A temporary signal will continue to operate almost as a person flagging traffic around the clock until the work is completed,” explained Georgia DOT District Engineer, Bayne Smith.

The existing concrete driving surface or bridge deck will be removed by hydro-blasting then a new concrete driving surface will be poured. The contractor will work around the clock on the project in one lane at a time. As one lane is finished, traffic will be shifted to use that lane while work occurs in the other lane. The work will conclude by August 31.

“We are going to continue to use the temporary signal for traffic control through the end of August. The capacity of State Route 53 Highway is reduced to one lane at the bridge so there are delays in the area. Please slow down in the area and use additional caution as the work occurs. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will conclude the work and open both lanes of the bridge as quickly as possible,” concluded Smith.

This bridge is one of three included in a $1.9 contract awarded to Comanche Construction of Marietta. The State Route 11 Bridge over the Middle Oconee River in Jackson County and SR 246 Bridge over the Little Tennessee River in Rabun County are also a part of this contract. The contract completion date for all three bridges is of September 30, 2012.

The Georgia Department of Transportation continues its RoadWorks2012 construction program.  As the end of summer and a new school year draw near, dozens of important roadway infrastructure improvement projects continue throughout the state.  Keeping Georgia’s transportation network the nation’s finest requires continual investment and maintenance. Pardon us for this necessary inconvenience and please drive cautiously in work zones and safely at all times.  For more information on Georgia DOT projects, please visit; you also may follow the Department on Facebook( and Twitter (