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Screenshots from Pokémon GO featuring local spots to find a Pokémon on the popular app.
By Caleb Lambert
What are all of these kids doing on Main Street? They're playing Pokémon GO.
This new game is simply downloaded onto your smartphone just like any other app, and then boom, you can walk around well-known areas such as cities or historical landmarks, like the Oglethorpe Monument or Old Jail in Jasper, and see virtual Pokémon through your phone’s camera.
In a press release, TDS Telecom described it like this, “What is it? Think of it like a treasure hunt—only the treasure is Pokémon monsters.
Challenger Katherine White won a seat on the school board in a landslide Tuesday defeating Mike Cowart, the board’s current chairman.
White got 1,203 votes to Cowart’s 380.
In all 10 percent of the registered voters cast ballots in the primary runoff, a turnout believed to be worst ever in a Pickens election.
Crews with World Fiber Technologies at the intersection of Highway 53 and Burnt Mountain Road are upgrading traffic signals at numerous intersections in the county. The new signals will include flashing yellow lights. The intersection of Highway 53 and Burnt Mountain Road is the ninth signal they have upgraded, including the intersection of Highway 515 and Philadelphia Road.
“Come back with your shield,” spokesman tells board
It was a full house at this month’s commissioners’ meeting, where a large group opposed to a Dollar General on Cove Road came to ask for support from county leaders. Jeff Squires, standing, served as spokesman for the group.
At least 100 upset Grandview-area residents showed up at the July commissioners meeting to ask for help stopping a Dollar General from being built at the corner of Grandview and Cove roads.
Jeff Squires, spokesman for the group, outlined their concerns – traffic volume, safety, inappropriate land usage for the area, in addition to what they say are blatant violations to county codes at other Dollar General locations and possible destruction of a historical place of interest currently on the site.
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Harmony sees largest new enrollment
For information about the upcoming school year click here to see this week’s special school insert, which includes profiles of each school and other important information for parents.
At their July meeting, the Pickens County school board seemed pleased about student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year, with 93 new students signed up during countywide registration.
Harmony Elementary saw the highest new student enrollment at 26; followed by 13 at Hill City Elementary; then 12 at both Jasper Elementary and Pickens High; eight for the pre-k program; nine at Tate Elementary; seven at Pickens County Middle; and six at Jasper Middle.