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3,000 new students join ranks as Chattahoochee Tech opens doors to a new school year

A new semester and school year got off to a rainy start Monday at Chattahoochee Technical College. Georgia’s largest technical college begins classes on August 19 with changes for the new semester with approximately 10,700 students of which more than 3,100 were new. 

“This is always an exciting time of year,” said Chattahoochee Technical College President Ron Newcomb. “We have new programs beginning and new students joining us for the first time. We also welcome back students who are finishing their degrees, diplomas and certificates this year and are eager to help them start or continue their careers.”

“Back building” storms may explain off-the-chart rains


    ­­Flooding on Mineral Springs Road in Jasper resulted from the second torrential rain in August. Having two flash floods within a week of each other after no prior history of floods in Pickens County is truly surprising, said a research meteorologist.

    A research meteorologist who grew up here offered some insight into the  unprecedented pair of flooding rainfalls in the past two weeks in eastern Pickens County.
    Dr. Dan Lindsey, who holds a PhD in atmospheric science and who works with satellite information for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Colorado, said the two events on August 1 and August 7 are definitely as unusual as people here think they are.

    See this week's print or online editions for comments from Dr. Dan Lindsey.


School enrollment down slightly from last year

Tate Elementary still below desired student numbers


Pickens schools saw 4,311 students enrolled the second day of classes, a total student population down 50 from last year at the same point. First day numbers had been lower but some of that could be attributed to the rains and flooding.

The school board also discussed facility plans, recognized students and heard about efforts to shift enrollment to Tate during their August meeting.

Read more about the local schools in this week's Progress.


Recollections of the 1938 Whitestone Flood


This is a photo of the article that ran in the 1938 edition of the Pickens County Progress following the Whitestone flood.

     Danny Attaway is a resident of Pickens County. The recent flooding inspired him to write about the deadly April 7, 1937 flood in Whitestone, Ga. There were 13 people killed in Whitestone when a general store was washed off its foundation. Two children from the Fonder family were staying with the Conner family at the store, which was also their home. It was the first night the Fonder children had spent the night away from home.



Woodstock Baptist "FIllin’ up Jasper"




 Members of the Woodstock First Baptist’s Jasper campus pumped and paid for part of the gas purchased Saturday at a Jasper convenience store to show they are grateful to be in this community.


 By Laiken Owens


Intern Reporter

   Saturday, members of the Woodstock First Baptist Church’s Jasper campus held “Fillin’ up Jasper” at the BP station next to Waffle House on Highway 53.

   For two hours, the church paid for $1 of every gallon of gas any motorist purchased, for 10 gallons max.

   Campus pastor Eddie Rhodes said, “We are doing this to show that we really care about the community, and we are grateful to be here.”

   Church volunteers pumped the gas for drivers so they could stay in their cool cars. Church member Carly Osborne said, “We want to show our love for the community, especially in these hard times.” 

  While pumping gas, church volunteers handed out Waffle House coupons, Bibles and information on the church.

  “I love my church and I love Jesus,” said volunteer Sarah Dickerson. The church is located at 5335 Hwy 53 West in Jasper. Church worship is on Sundays at 11a.m. To contact the Woodstock First Baptist Church in Jasper call 770-591-2640 or go to their website,