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PHS' McDonald announces coming retirement;
JMS' Howell announces resignation at end of school year
Today PHS Principal Eddie McDonald announced to his staff by e-mail that he will be retiring at the end of the school year. The school board also received a resignation letter from Jasper Middle School Principal Neil Howell today. The board will act on the two letters at their next board meeting in April.
School Board Chair Wendy Lowe said the two are not related. She said it was just an odd coincidence that both came on the same day. She said McDonald had let them know earlier he had been considering retirement, though she said they had hoped he would remain at least another year.
She said she had been caught by surprise by Howell’s resignation, which will be effective at the end of the school year.
Ashley Cagle is recovering well after her mastectomy.
You wouldn’t expect a woman who just had one of her breasts surgically removed to be all smiles and laughs.
But that’s exactly how Hill City Elementary first grade teacher Ashley Cagle was this past Monday, just a few weeks after undergoing a mastectomy to remove an invasive lobular carcinoma.
Pick up a copy of this week's Progress or check out our e-edition for the full story.
Georgia Forestry assists county crews with a brush fire off Carnes Mill Road.
A brush fire that broke out off Carnes Mill Road mid afternoon Monday, has been contained, according to Pickens County Fire Chief Bob Howard.
The fire was caused by an employee of a nearby business burning material too close to a field.
Volunteers at the Pickens County Animal Shelter give a shelter dog vaccinations.
Animal shelter discussion tabled
The board of commissioners tabled making a decision about taking on management of the county animal shelter until next month’s regular meeting.
Following requests from Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig, the commissioners’ office is considering taking over the Pickens County Animal Shelter, which is currently operated by the sheriff’s office.
Find your way to the great outdoors
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today unveiled an interactive map that identifies DNR-managed lands and outdoor recreation opportunities. The “Georgia Outdoor Map” includes state parks, wildlife management areas, public fishing areas, boat ramps, and historic sites. Users are able to search by category to find locations where they can camp, hunt, hike, fish or explore history.
“We are proud to offer this new resource to Georgia’s citizens and visitors,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “We are blessed here in Georgia with a state that is rich in both natural and cultural resources. I want to encourage Georgians to use this interactive tool to find new places to explore.”