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Brush fire contained at Carnes Mill Road


    Georgia Forestry assists county crews with a brush fire off Carnes Mill Road.

     A brush fire that broke out off Carnes Mill Road mid afternoon Monday, has been contained, according to Pickens County Fire Chief Bob Howard.

     The fire was caused by an employee of a nearby business burning material too close to a field.

Heroin cuts short promising life

Text to her mother 10 days before fatal party: “I hate being an addict because my life is on the line... I want my life more than drugs so I'm going to change.”
drugoverdose     Tanya Smith with her daughter Taylor at graduation in 2011. The free-spirited Taylor decided to wait on entering college and fell in with the wrong crowd.


    Last week, the mother of the 20-year-old whose body was dumped in the yard of a vacant house last August after she died of an overdose at a party portrayed a descent into drugs that was unbelievably sad and shockingly quick.

Changes this year to Kindergarten registration


Submitted by
Pickens School System

    Incoming kindergarten students for school year 2014-2015 will notice a change in the registration process. The Georgia Department of Public Health now requires all children who are being admitted to a Georgia public school for the first time to complete form 3300 by the required personnel. Your child’s doctor is authorized to conduct all four (4) screenings, as is your local health department. In addition:
    • The vision screening can be conducted by a Georgia licensed optometrist, an employee of Prevent Blindness Georgia trained to conduct vision screening or a registered nurse.
    • The hearing screening can be conducted by a Georgia licensed speech-language pathologist or audiologist or a registered nurse.
    • The dental screening can be conducted by a Georgia licensed dentist, dental hygienist or a registered nurse.
    • The nutrition screening can be conducted by a Georgia licensed dietician or a registered nurse.
    It is not necessary that the same person conduct all four screenings. As stated previously, please remember your child’s doctor and your local health department are authorized to conduct all four (4) screenings; however, school nurses will no longer be able to conduct the screenings during kindergarten registration. Form 3300 will be included in your child’s kindergarten registration packet. You can also go to https://dph.geor and use their search engine for form 3300. 

Celebrate a century of sunlight


By Christian Trejbal


Open Government Chair, Assoc. of Opinion Journalists


It was, perhaps, no coincidence that a century of “sunlight” was born during the winter holidays, when celebrants burn Yule logs, place stars atop trees and light candles to hold back the darkness during these longest nights.

On Dec. 20, 1913, Harper’s Weekly published “What Publicity Can Do” by Louis Brandeis. In it, he painted an image of transparency that still captures the imagination. “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman,” he wrote.