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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.

Mother and daughter killed in car wreck

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A tragic accident Monday claimed the life of the Pickens mother and daughter.
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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.

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.

Pickens man arrested for child porn

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GBI agents in numerous unmarked vehicles executed a digital forensic search of computers in the home of west Pickens man, finding images of child pornography.

 

   A Pickens man has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography after a special unit of the GBI executed a search warrant on the computer at his Pickens West Estates home Wednesday.

   Thomas Rodriguez, 36, of West Destiny Drive, is charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of children - possession of child pornography after agents found images of suspected child pornography on his computer during a “forensic preview,” according to Director of Public Affairs for the GBI, Sherry Lang.