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Swiftwater rescue at Younglife



Two employees of the Younglife Camp in the Grandview area were rescued by a  Forsyth County Swiftwater Rescuse team this morning on the access road leading to the camp. See full rescue of first stranded person from YouTube.

The two employees were in a truck that washed downstream lodging on a formed island that developed after a flash flood swept through the narrow creek channel, blowing out culverts.


See short video of rescue of second person at our facebook page.


Back to School information in this week's Progress

Graduation and Life

Preparation for All




This week's Progress contains a Back to School special section that the Progress partnered with the school system to produce.

Information includes:

• Columns from all principals with basics about their schools

• Accreditation Information

• Curriculum Information

• Lunchroom/ Meal Plan Information

• Transportation

• Technology

• Homeroom Class Rosters for all schools, grades

School budget meeting also covers 4-H, drivers ed.

    In a called meeting July 24, the school board hired Lynda Wallace as principal of Harmony Elementary in advance of school opening next week.
    Superintendent Lula Mae Perry said Wallace comes with valuable experience from Cherokee County, where she was assistant principal at Carmel Elementary School prior to taking this job.

    Perry said there were several good candidates  for the job. She chose Wallace in part because of her enthusiasm. Perry said she believes that Wallace brings both knowledge of education and a great deal of energy to the job.
    Wallace’s husband, Chris, already serves as a vice principal in the Pickens system.

DNR drops charges against woman that killed bear


     Bears everywhere -- Bear sightings are off the chart this year. Above, images taken by Dr. Robert Keller of a cub crossing the road.

    The Georgia DNR has dropped charges against Pickens resident Judy Gardner after she shot and killed a black bear. Gardner said she accidntally shot the bear while tyring to scare it away with her .22 rifle. Check out the print or online editions for comments from the DNR 

From yoga to karate, classes offered at Community Center


    Instructor Karen Dobson teaches her Beginner Functional Fitness class at the Pickens County Community Center.

Dobson is also an instrucor at Jasper Fitness.

     The new Pickens County Community Center is known for its two basketball courts and walking area, but the facility also offers several classes – and they would love to add more.
    “The way we do it is we are basically the facility,” said Pickens County Recreation Director Brian Jones. “There is not the money for county-funded classes, but others can come in and do their classes here and we would love to add more and expand in that area.”