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PCMS Math Dragons place 2nd

By Stacy Jent, Gifted Coordinator

    The 6th grade math team at Pickens County Middle School travelled to Berry College on February 25 to defend their first place title from the fall. Team members Lauren Pitkins, Colby James, David Rivera, Ellie Pool, Tucker Martinez, Cash King, Mason Watkins and Jacob     Regnier gave it their best shot but came up short of first by just a matter of seconds. 

    Front: Jacob Regnier; back (l-r): Paula Henderson, Colby James, David Rivera, Mason Watkins, Tucker Martinez, Cash King, Ellie Pool, Lauren Pitkins, Amber Waters.

     After a morning of test-taking, timed ciphering and teamwork, PCMS found themselves tied for 1st with Armuchee Middle School with 270 points.  PCMS was unable to win the tie-breaker and came in a very close 2nd place. 

Georgia’s unemployment rate declines to 7.3 percent

 gasealATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.3 percent in January, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in December. The rate was 8.6 percent in January a year ago. 
“This is the seventh consecutive month that the unemployment rate has declined,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “The rate fell because 15,928 more Georgians were employed and the number of new layoffs for January fell to the lowest level in eight years.” 

Photo contest supports local newspapers

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 Georgia Press Association (GPA) is offering a $250 cash prize to the winner of a social media contest running for the rest of the month.  Georgia residents can enter the contest by taking a creative photograph with their favorite local paper that is a member of the Georgia Press Association (The Pickens Progress is a member). Contest entries should be posted on Instagram or Twitter, accompanied with the hashtag #ReadLocalGA.  A winner will be selected April 1, 2014. No purchase is necessary to enter. 

How will SPLOST be used?

    Pickens County Seal


     A proposed SPLOST with projected collections of $30 million will appear on the May 20 ballot, with a strong focus on infrastructure and services.
    Pickens County Commission Chair Rob Jones and Jasper Mayor John Weaver are scheduled to speak at the