In an unprecedented move, the Pickens County school system announced it will provide all “consumable” school supplies for the upcoming school year at no cost to parents.
These supplies include paper, pencils, folders, hand sanitizer, crayons, and other items needed for classroom instruction. According to a press release on July 10, parents are free to purchase additional personal items like backpacks, pencil boxes, and lunchboxes if they choose. If students have particular items such as certain writing utensils they prefer, they will be allowed to use those as well.
Pastor Irish Jones found the parakeet while walking at the Pickens recreation dept. She hopes the rightful owner will contact her.
By Rosa Willis
On Monday, Pastor Irish Jones was walking at Roper Park with a friend. As her walk came to an end, she and her friend found something rather unusual in the grass near her car.
Jones had found a small blue and white parakeet sitting in the grass. She scooped the bird up and took it to the vet.
Universal Alloy Corporation, seen here in an aerial depiction, opened a plant within the city limits of Ball Ground just last year. Between 50 and 100 employees work at UAC, which is an international company manufacturing aluminum extractions for aircraft wing and fuselage components. Boeing Corporation is one of their biggest clients.
By Larry Cavender
After years of a stagnant and sluggish economy, the United States is seeing an historic economic boom with GDP growth approaching four percent, unemployment levels at record lows, and manufacturing optimism at all-time highs. Many experts attribute the new economic growth to deregulation and tax cuts.
Nowhere is this economic optimism more evident than in Ball Ground. There are no less than 50 industrial and manufacturing companies located within a three-mile radius of the city's downtown, with more manufacturing steadily arriving. So why has Ball Ground become such a magnet for industry?
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Trainer now puts horse first
For Carl and Tammy Bledsoe the horse comes first. After a life training horses in the controversial “Big Lick” style, Carl now utilizes “sound,” natural horsemanship, which focuses on the horse’s natural instincts and the philosophy that horses do not learn best through fear or pain. Here, the Bledsoes at the premier horse expo WNY Equifest in March where they were featured presenters. They taught about the natural gait of the Tennessee Walking Horse, the most common horse used in Big Lick training.
A few years ago, second generation “Big Lick” horse trainer Carl Bledsoe’s life looked much different than it does today. Bledsoe, who achieved wealth and success showing Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses, went from making over $17,000 a month to next to nothing before having to rebuild his world.
While to many the “Big Lick” is a beautiful and elegant gait, Bledsoe, who now works from his Marble Hill farm MadiLaney Ranch, said the exaggerated high-step is achieved using inhumane methods.
Janet and Neil Farrell are led out of a Pickens Superior Courtroom today. Their defense attorney sought a delay in the hearing as they had only been on the case since the night before. Full coverage of the hearing now available in this week's edition.
Defense attorneys for Neil and Janet Farrell asked for a continuation in the bond hearing scheduled today for the couple facing numerous child cruelty charges for the treatment of their 18-year-old daughter.
The couple was charged after the daughter ran away and investigators grew suspicious during the search before locating her 15-miles away.
Attorney Scott Poole, of Grisham and Poole, representing Neil Farrell told the court that it is unusual to delay a bond hearing, but they had only been engaged the night before and they were not prepared to move ahead this quickly. Poole said there are also a lot of people who want to speak on the couple's behalf, but they need time to arrange this.