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No decision on whether county will take over animal shelter

animalshelterVolunteers at the Pickens County Animal Shelter give a shelter dog vaccinations.



Animal shelter discussion tabled

    The board of commissioners tabled making a decision about taking on management of the county animal shelter until next month’s regular meeting. 
    Following requests from Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig, the commissioners’ office is considering taking over the Pickens County Animal Shelter, which is currently operated by the sheriff’s office. 

State school superintendent forum Thursday

    nancyjesterNancy Jester is one of the state school superintendent candidates to speaking at this Thursday's forum.

     The Pickens County Retired Educators Association will host a forum for all state school superintendent candidates March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College.

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.

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.