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Teens in no rush to take the wheel

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Taking the wheel - Teens are waiting later than age 16 to get their licenses. PHS Seniors Abbie Sawyer (driver’s seat); and passengers Hanna Braswell, Savannah Laney, and Sadie Cornett now have their licenses but many teens are postponing the rite of passage until later in high school or beyond.

By Suzy Price
Intern reporter
     The number of teenagers with their driver’s license has declined as much as 20 percent since 1983, according to a study done by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
    This national decline is evident locally. The number of parking permits sold to student drivers at Pickens High School has fallen drastically since the 2000s. In 2014, PHS lost their driver’s education program, a class that had allowed students to take driving training during school hours.

Rezoning requested for Dollar General at Grandview

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This sign marks the site where developers hope to build a Dollar General on Cove Road.

     Bobby Howard, for Hibbymo Properties in Calhoun, submitted paperwork to request rezoning that would allow a Dollar General to locate on the west corner of the Grandview and Cove roads intersection. The report from the planning office recommends that the project be denied.

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Grandview man takes on big medicine

Dr. John Nardo’s work may lead to more open data
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    "I am not trying to revolutionize medicine, but I do hope this holds the pharmaceutical companies a little more accountable," says Dr. John Nardo of his recent work.
    Sitting on his cabin’s front porch in the Grandview area, pony-tailed "Mickey" doesn’t seem like the Dr. John Nardo who has gone toe-to-toe with big medicine, forcing a major concession that may hold pharmaceutical companies more accountable with producing honest and accurate research information in the future.

Statistics show PHS roundabout could cut crashes

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     According to Pickens’ GDOT engineer, the state agency wants a roundabout at Highway 53 and Dragon Drive to improve driver safety at an intersection that produces a high number of crashes.
    Speaking to the Pickens County Board of Education, GDOT Area 1 Engineer Sam Wheeler said the intersection is a “viable location” for a small to moderately sized roundabout. He pitched the traffic solution to the board, citing the roundabout’s increased popularity with GDOT based on a reduced rate and severity of crashes, as well as minimal maintenance.

See full story, including other school news from the school board meeting in our print and online editions.

Bent Tree artist’s photoshopped wedding portrait goes viral

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    Brandy Angel Photography / Photo
    A local graphic artist designed this photoshopped picture of a family on their wedding day in October. The picture includes the image of the couple’s son Lake, age 8, who died of leukemia earlier this year.

     With over 20 million hits and trending #1 on Facebook for a few hours last week, Bent Tree resident Paul Woodward’s photoshop creation has touched the hearts of the nation.
    Woodward, a 63-year-old graphic artist and owner of Royale Graphic Design, was asked to come up with an idea to photoshop a family’s recently-deceased child into their wedding photo.

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