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Tech upgrades planned for Pickens campuses

“Just like adults, when students want to know something they google it. They don’t march down to the library,” says administrator


    JMS Math Team -- Pictured (l-r) Bethany Carver, parents Jacqueline and Mickey Carver; Olivia Fountain, parents Cynthia and Mark Fountain; Miles Gregg, parents Edie and Dennis Gregg; John Hendricks, parents Kaye and Joe Hendricks; and Garrett Thompson, parents Amy and Christopher Thompson. They are pictured with teachers Carol Wilson (right) and Tammy Duncan and Principal Neil Howell.
    Math team members not pictured: Katherine Densmore, parents Mary Katherine and Chris Densmore; Peyton Harrington, parents Suzanne and Donnie Harrington; Thomas Pinson, parents Judy and Brian Pinson 

     Pickens school campuses will see technology upgrades rolling out this spring based on reports given at the school board meeting Thursday.

Tipton wins teacher of year



Teachers of the year from all schools were recognized at a banquet Monday night at the Young Life Camp.

In the end, Jacqueline Tipton, an interesting art teacher at Hill City Elementary originally from Los Angeles, was named the Pickens County Teacher of the Year. See more about her and comments from the banquet in our print edition and e-edition now on sale.


Above, front row, are the teachers of the year from each of the schools: Jenni Shoffer, Jasper Elementary; Jacqueline Tipton, Hill City; Leah VanDoran Jasper Middle; Amanda Neighbors, Tate; Jennifer Blankenship, Harmony; Angela Quarles, Pickens High; and Marla Callahan Pickens Middle.

Back row are principals from each of the schools: Nonnie Weeks, Carlton Wilson, Neil Howell, Deb Longshore, Sherry Martin, Eddie McDonald and Chris LeMieux.


Pilot makes emergency landing on road near Walmart


See pilot's reaction in this week's print or online edition.

A pilot returning home to Tennessee Sunday evening made an emergency landing on the frontage road leading to the Jasper Walmart  about 6 p.m. Amazingly no injuries were reported even though the plane was left crumpled after it struck the road shoulder and a fire hydrant.

Georgia ranks second for identity theft complaints

Social media may be partly to blame
 According to data from the Federal Trade Commission, Georgia had the second highest number of identity theft complaints in 2011; only Florida ranked higher. More than 11,000 complaints were filed by Georgia residents, a 20 percent increase from 2010.

Ga. Hunting and Fishing App is here


The Official Georgia Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Guide, powered by
Pocket Ranger technology, is the official app of the Georgia Department
of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. This free, mobile
app gives both novice and seasoned sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts
essential information in the palm of their hand. 

Features include: 

Species profiles

Weather information