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Boys & Girls Club closer to groundbreaking

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    Leaders from the Boys & Girls Club of Pickens County stand beside an artist rendering of their new Youth Center to be built at Roper Park. B&G needs $500,000 to break ground after already raising $1.7 Million to serve pre-teens and teens through the center. The B&G leaders at Rotary Club are: Michele Brackin, B&G executive director; Don Russell, B&G founder; and Ron Thompson, past board chair.

By Max Caylor
Boys & Girls Club publicity

     “The teens of Pickens County need a place of hope where they can experience life enhancing programs and develop academically,” stated Boys & Girls Club founder Don Russell speaking to Rotarians. Teens would have their own area in the Boys & Girls Club new $2.3 million facility at Roper Park with land donated by the county.

Sea Dragons finish high on podium at state

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     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.

Georgia’s unemployment rate rises to 7.4 percent in June

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ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in May. The rate in June of last year was 8.4 percent.

Mother and daughter killed in car wreck

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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.

Pickens school gets pre-k classes

Elementary grades fail to meet state math standards

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By Eileen Steinhauer
Progress Contributor
     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.