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Rec. Department gears up for summer



     The Pickens Recreation Department at Roper Park is getting set for the summer with their own weekly day camps, numerous sports camps offered at the community center and the opening of the swimming pool.
    Recently hired county parks and recreation director Brian Jones said the pool should open on May 27. However, Jones cautioned that the pool is at least 30 years old and problems reviving it for summer use from winter downtime has delayed previous openings.


Principal positions approved by board


            At their May meeting Thursday, the school board approved principal positions which saw Dr. Carlton Wilson move to Jasper Elementary and Assistant Principal Joetta Youngblood be officially named as principal at Hill City Elementary.

            Wilson, was a popular principal at Hill City Elementary from its opening until last year when he took time off to have double hip-replacement. During his absence, Youngblood acted as the principal there.

            School Board chair Wendy Lowe said both are highly regarded educators. She said Superintendent Ben Desper had discussed the positions with each and had made that recommendation to the board, which was approved last night. The board vote was only to hire Youngblood as a principal; the superintendent made the assignments

            All other schools will see the same principals returning.

            For more comments from the Superintendent on this move and a complete report on the lengthy meeting, see next week’s print edition.



Rodeo draws big crowds



Sackett's, Jasper Jeep and the Pickens County Sheriff's Foundation brought the 4th Annual Stampede Rodeo to Jasper this past weekend, Friday May 10 and Saturday, May 11. The rodeo featured the Southern Expressions Drill Team, Trick Riders, Dusty Crane and Justin Dickerson from Pigeon Forge, Tenn. See more photos and a wrapup in this week's print or online editions.

Promsters have safe weekend

See our print or online editions for two pages of color photos from this year's prom.




A lot of fun, no problems at Pickens prom. Sheriff says students keep things low-key as they have come to expect heavy police presence on roads during prom weekend. Photos courtesy Pickens Draca Yearbook

This year’s prom was without incident or arrest even with the nasty weather for students on the roads – continuing a streak of several years of safe high school festivities.
    Sheriff Donnie Craig, whose office is over the campus resource officers, said he was not aware of any wrecks or arrests involving high school students.