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Friends, coach share memories of Pickens student killed in wreck

Jordan Simonds was the type of person “everyone wanted to know”  



Jordan Simonds knew how to touch everyone’s heart. “He was amazing,” says longtime friend. “He knew what life was about.” Photo courtesy of family

 Sixteen-year-old Jordan Matthew Simonds died Saturday, March 11 when the 2004 Jeep Liberty he was driving careened off an embankment on Salem Church Road.

Simonds, a PHS sophomore, was transported to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital and his 15-year-old passenger, Jed Groover, was taken by helicopter to Kennestone Hospital where he remains in intensive care. 

Applicants lining up to be Pickens superintendent



     The field of candidates for the schools superintendent position is much more crowded than expected, with 49 applications received by the school board before the February 28th deadline.

Currently, Dr. Charles Webb is serving as interim superintendent. He was hired on a six-month contract after Dr. Lula Mae Perry resigned on January 1st. Dr. Perry was initially hired as interim superintendent in 2013 to replace Dr. Ben Desper. A few weeks after taking office as interim, the school board at that time asked her to extend her initial contract.

Jasper native receives prestigious space science award


     Dr. Daniel T. Lindsey, a research scientist at NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service’s (NESDIS) Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), received the 2016 NOAA-David Johnson Award on March 10.  The National Space Club and Foundation presented the award to Lindsey for his work with satellite imagery.

“I am honored to receive the NOAA-David Johnson Award,” Lindsey said. “I love working with satellite imagery, but I could not do any of this exciting work without the help from an incredibly talented team. So, I accept this award on behalf of them.”

FFA plans equipment auction fundraiser

FFA Auction flyer

By:  Pickens County FFA Reporter


     The Pickens County FFA Alumni Chapter will be hosting their First Annual Equipment Auction on Saturday, March 25th at 10:00 a.m.  The location of the event will be the Old Lawson Chevrolet Lot just north of Quick Trip off of 515. 

Trout stocking will begin earlier in 2017



Take advantage of beautiful spring weather and plan a trout fishing trip to the north Georgia Mountains! How about an early trout stocking to sweeten the deal?

The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will cooperatively stock 40,000 trout in Georgia during the week of Mar. 6, giving anglers their first opportunity to harvest some freshly stocked trout in 2017.  Regular weekly stockings for the 2017 stocking season begin on Mar. 20, when an additional 70,000 trout will hit the water.