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PHS senior awarded scholarship trips to China


By Suzy Price
Intern reporter

    Haley Gayden, PHS Senior and dual enrollment student at the University of North Georgia, has recently been awarded the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Scholarship to study in Deyang, China.
    The scholarship is federally funded and highly competitive; Gayden is one of only 25 students in the country to be selected for the China trip. She has been studying Chinese at UNG for a year now, and plans to attend the University of Mississippi as a double major in Chinese and International Business.

O’ doggie, where art thou?

“If I could get them back I would cry a big puddle right here on the floor,” said former inmate whose dogs were taken

Allen Peardon wants his dogs back. Buddy and Ching Ching are pictured above.

     What happens to pets when owners are put in jail? One Pickens resident had two dogs, Buddy and Ching Ching, taken by animal control when he was incarcerated. A neighbor complained about dogs running loose and the shelter picked them up like they would any other stray. The Pickens County Animal Shelter director said they are willing to work with pet owners in these cases, but they need to be contacted and made aware of the situation.

Read more comments from shelter director and find out about the man's efforts to get Buddy and Ching Ching home in this week's print or online editions.


Early voting off to hot start

No campaign materials allowed at elections office

    Voters are getting a strong head start on the May 24 primary election, with the local elections office reporting a good turnout the first few days of early voting, which runs May 2 through May 20.
    “It’s been very good so far,” said Pickens County Board of Elections & Registration Supervisor Julianne Roberts, who reported 85 voters by mid-afternoon the first day of early voting and 160 by 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.