Taken just after the PHS Rocket League Team won the state title Thursday, May 16. Coach Wil Nix (second row from back, center) with team members (second row from back, left to right) Carter Logan, Mason Watkins, and Eric Robinson.
“The best way I can explain it is it’s like soccer with cars,” PHS student Mason Watkins explains before he plays a video of the night he and his teammates won the Georgia High School Association’s Esports Rocket League State Championship.
The short clip shows dozens of PHS students cheering on Watkins and the two other players, Carter Logan and Eric Robinson, after they clinched PHS’s first team state title since 1974.
Watkins and Logan briefly explain “Rocket League,” which they say is “much more than a video game,” as driving virtual cars and pushing balls into goals. For competitions, teammates play remotely from a computer
Above, the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the Pickens Junior High expansion, last Thursday. Below, the conceptual drawing of Phase 2, by Breaux & Associates Architects. Damon Howell / Above photo
Submitted by Pickens County Schools
Pickens County Junior High will have a new look when school doors open for the 2019-20 school year. Last week, an official groundbreaking took place on-site with school district officials, PJHS administrators, and representatives of both the construction and architectural firms in attendance. The building was originally opened as Pickens County Middle School in 1988.
By Steve Lowe
The Joy House is seeking to complete the fundraising for our second girls’ home by July 1st. Will you help us meet our goal to open our doors and hearts to more teen girls in crisis?
For the past three to four years we’ve experienced more need for placement of teen girls in crisis than we can meet. This is the reason when we launched our current capital campaign we decided to build a second girl’s home. Our current girl’s home is full and we have families waiting for placement or we’re providing them referrals because their needs are urgent.
FBI Press Release
Atlanta Field Office
Gainesville, GA – The FBI’s North Georgia Major Offender Task Force arrested six individuals and are looking for two more in connection with a methamphetamine distribution network that sold large amounts of the drug throughout north east Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.
The arrests were made on Thursday, May 9, 2019 when federal warrants were served in Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee and Pickens counties.
After the position has sat vacant for over a year, the need for an economic development director has become increasingly apparent to leaders who say Pickens County is missing opportunities for development and job creation.
At the board of commissioners’ work session last week, Pickens County Industrial Authority Chair Don Boggus told commissioners, “My concern is we’ve been 15 months without this position being filled and we’re missing out on some low-hanging fruit.”
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