Pickens County ranks 27th out of 162 Georgia school systems for its graduation rate over the past year, based on revised figures released earlier this month.
This ranking puts Pickens in the top 20 percent of all school systems in the state and is an accurate assessment of local schools, according to Assistant Superintendent Tommy Qualls.
What's it like to wear a badge?
At left, Sheriff’s officers assist citizens as they fire fully-automatic M-16s.
Wearing protective ear and eye gear, two dozen citizens peered over a steep embankment at the Pickens County Sheriff’s firing range for a demonstration most civilians never get to see.
By Kyle D. Rasco
PHS Athletic Director
I am excited to announce that PHS is starting an organization that is long overdue in Pickens County: the Pickens High School Athletics Hall of Fame. The PHS Athletics Hall of Fame has been organized as a way of maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of successful athletic programs at Pickens High School. In addition, it will serve as a means of recognizing and honoring the athletes, coaches and individuals who made significant contributions to the athletic programs at Pickens High.
The PHS Athletics Hall of Fame is meant to acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of individuals who are worthy of recognition and who have stood as examples for others to emulate. Click here for a nomination form
In December, Progress readers opened their hearts and pens and sent thousands of Christmas cards to Cody Jones, a local PHS student who in his 20 years has faced more medical problems and surgeries than most can imagine. Cody was thrilled with the response and looked forward everyday to getting his mail.
Now, he and his family are asking for a moment of your time for something much simpler – a click for Cody – that could get the Jasper resident a trip to a fully handicapped accessible fun park in Texas. Winners will be announced on May 1st.
At right, Jasper’s Cody Jones is in the running for a trip to a special theme park for handicapped youth.
Hunter Calvert, with working dog, Bow, at Canine Partners for Life in Pennsylvania, to see about getting a seizure alert dog for the 11-year-old. Hunter suffers from seizures and needs such a dog to warn him when a seizure is about to happen.
If you shop at Jasper's Piggly Wiggly, you probably know store manager, Wade Calvert. Two events scheduled soon for Calhoun, where Calvert lives, are set to benefit Calvert's son Hunter, who suffers from a brain condition.