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Pickens Family Partners braces for crippling budget cuts

Super Heroes Run & Obstacle Course fundraiser planned to help struggling non-profit

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     “Ninety percent of the parents we serve are either victims of child abuse or neglect,” said Pickens Family Partners Executive Director Margy Lohman, who will be slashing her staff and cutting services after state budget cuts come the first of the year.

 

    “These parents have poor childhood histories, substance abuse, lack of coping skills and education, and are very isolated,” she said. “How are they going to parent? That’s my biggest fear. What’s going to happen to these families?”
    Pickens Family Partners opened in 1994 under the name Prevent Child Abuse Pickens. The goal of the non-profit is, and has always been, to prevent child abuse and neglect. They accomplish this through various programs, including First Steps (in hospital visitation for new parents), Parents as Teachers (an early school readiness program), and Healthy Families (home visitation and other support for parents with preschool children). 
    “We currently have anywhere from 65 to 70 families on the programs and close to 148 children. We are going to have to cut from 40 to 50 families from that,” Lohman said. “We know what will happen, the rate of child abuse and neglect will go up but we won’t see it for three years because they are that far behind in data. I told someone they will have to build another Hope House.”

 

County-wide Sunday alcohol sales to be on March ballot

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Convenience store and grocery owners outside the city limits of Jasper may be happy to hear that the county will put Sunday alcohol sales by the package on a special election ballot in March of next year.

 

Hiking Safety Tips from Georgia’s State Parks

 

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ATLANTA, October 5, 2012  --  No one ever plans to get lost in the woods, but it does sometimes happen.  Each year, Georgia’s park rangers spend numerous hours searching for hikers who did not return on time, slipped on waterfalls, got off the trail or encountered other problems.  

“Most of the time, our guests are just running late or they’ve gotten slightly off course,” said Danny Tatum, manager of Tallulah Gorge State Park and chief of the Department of Natural Resources’ Search and Rescue Team.  “And sometimes they’ve forgotten to call home.  But occasionally people really are in a bad situation and need help from rescue personnel.”

With so many people heading to the mountains for leaf watching this fall, park rangers have offered the following tips for a fun and safe journey.  To find trails ranging from easy, paved paths to more challenging hikes, visitGeorgiaStateParks.org.

PCMS band performs colorful costume concert

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The Pickens County Middle School 7th and 8th grade bands performed their annual Halloween Costume Concert Thursday night to a packed gymnasium. Under the direction of Kevin Boyle 7th grade students performed The Midnight Suite by Brian Balmages, which included "Midnight Mission", "Midnight Sky", and "Midnight Madness". 

Members of the 8th grade band performed "Medieval Legend" by Michael Story, "The Monster Under the Bed" by Robert Sheldon, and "Engines of Resistance".  

Students played their Halloween- themed pieces while dressed in costumes. 

Boo-Who? Scarecrow slideshow & winners

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 Check out all the entries in the first annual Boo-Who? Scarecrow contest, hosted by The Burnt Mountain Trading Company. Want to see them in person? Just walk around downtown Jasper, where they will be displayed until November 1. 1st Place went to Cherokee Valley Ranch, 2nd to PHS Wrestling Team and 3rd to Madeline's Cafe & Bakery.