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Pickens SAT scores beat state average, below national

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By Eileen Steinhauer
Progress contributor

    Recently released statewide SAT scores show Pickens County students, on average, scored higher than the Georgia state average and they earned higher SAT scores in 2013 than in 2012.
    According to the Georgia Department of Education, in the spring of 2013 Georgia students from across the state earned an average SAT score of 1452 out of a possible 2400.  Pickens County students earned a 1475 average SAT score, which was 23 points higher than the state average. The local test-takers also beat last year’s average for Pickens County by 22 points.

 

Food Stamp benefits to be reduced on November 1

Congress’ failure to pass a Farm Bill leaves recipients with no benefits after Oct. 31

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By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter

    Halloween may be a lot scarier for the 20 percent of Georgians who experience food insecurity.
    A Nov. 1 reduction in benefits, and the uncertainty as to whether the federally funded program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be funded at all beyond October, is frightening prospect to low income people and those that serve them.

 

Teachable moment found in a bag of chips

JES holds mock trial over Fourth Amendment rights

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    Jasper Elementary School students in Courtroom A of the Pickens County Courthouse. Students in Mrs. Darlene Crenshaw’s class took part in a mock trial while other JES 5th graders looked on.
   

“My client, Clay Shoffer, has been wronged,” said the Jasper Elementary School 5th grade student who acted as council for another student who alleged his teacher, Mrs. Crenshaw, violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

Newspapers are still the cornerstone of democracy

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National Newspaper Week is Oct. 6 - Oct. 12

By Caroline H. Little
President and CEO,
Newspaper Association of America

    We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now.
    It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming rather than dying. Of course, there are always bumps in the road to innovation, but as it turns out, we’re actually in the midst of a promising and exciting time.

 

Record-breaking crowd at Marble Festival

Attendance up 50 percent since 2007, says director

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    The house was packed for the Saturday evening performance by the Lonesome River Band. GrassBackardz and Thomas Fountain also performed on Saturday, as well as contestants who entered the Georgia State Bluegrass Championship on both Saturday and Sunday. Flatline took home $1,000 for best bluegrass band.
    According to Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Denise Duncan, this year’s Georgia Marble Festival was the best to-date with record-breaking crowds exceeding 10,000.