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Opioid epidemic in N. Ga. prompts congressman to offer resource guide for families


     Congressman Collins shared a comprehensive addiction resources toolkit to help families in the Ninth District of Georgia and across the state to address the issues associated with opioid addiction. The guide is now available through the Congressman’s district office in Gainesville, and on the Congressman’s website.

Pickens’ buses safest in state

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Damon Howell / Photo
    Pickens Schools Bus Shop & Fleet Supervisor Tracy Allday, right, with his trusted team of technicians. Pictured are (l to r) Nathan Hamby, Joel Collis and Shane Chadwick, with Allday.

    Pickens parents who send their children to school on a bus can rest assured they’re in good hands, because the local system was the top ranking bus fleet in terms of safety in Georgia this year.
    “This is a great accomplishment,” Pickens Schools Director of Maintenance and Operations Stacey Gilleland told the school board at their recent meeting, May 12th.

Peregrine Falcons Return to Tallulah Gorge to Nest

Park postpones rock climbing while chicks grow
tallulah falcon thru scope 4-30-2016 
     TALLULAH FALLS, GA., May 12, 2016  --  A pair of peregrine falcons has built a nest and appear to be raising chicks again this year at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Last year was the first time in nearly 75 years that a peregrine nest in a natural setting had been spotted in Georgia. The only other known nests in the state are atop city office buildings.

Congressman Collins: More Obama Administration Overreach on School Bathroom Policy

Washington, D.C. – Today, the White House issued guidance to public schools in all 50 states saying that schools must allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their preferred gender identity. The Obama administration has threatened to pull federal funding from schools that do not comply with the administration’s guidance, which is based on a misinterpretation of “sex” as defined in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and certain provisions of the Civil Rights Act. Congressman Collins issued the following statement on the White House guidance:

Only 2 schools here beat state average on annual assessment

First year Georgia Milestones scores used in CCRPI


                 Pickens’ CCRPI scores. See explanation of categories at the end of the article.

      Earlier this month the Georgia Department of Education released annual assessment numbers for all schools in the state, and while all but two Pickens schools scored below the state average the director of teaching and learning said the assessment is new and scores should improve as the system adjusts.
    See full story including comments from school officials in this week's print or online editions.