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Low voter turnout across Georgia


     ATLANTA, GEORGIA – In the last election in Georgia before November, voter turnout was low. Although the results await full certification early next week, only 11.48% of the electorate voted in counties holding elections.
     “In Georgia, voters have unprecedented access to the polls with early voting opportunities and new

Wildwood Christian closes doors


The private school in Marble Hill has closed following a decline in enrollment over the summer.

Wildwood Christian Academy announced its closing in an e-mail to parents August 1. The private school in Marble Hill that stressed strong academics was scheduled to open this year on August 17, but will close permanently due to a financial shortfall from a decline in enrollment.

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Dragons roll in first scrimmage

PHS Dragons football preview  - Looking for that “12th game”


    The 2016-2017 PHS Dragons Football Team

Update  - The Dragons won big time in Friday's scrimmage, 41-0 over Coosa. See Sports in this week's edition for a complete report.     


With the summer coming to an end the beginning of football season is right around the corner. The Pickens Dragons are coming off back-to-back 8-3 seasons and hoping to build off of that momentum and do something that no team in Pickens County has ever done, and that is play in a 12th game.       

Labor Dept. recruiting for Bartow auto-parts manufacturer

     ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help auto-parts manufacturer Constellium, LLC, recruit a number of workers for its plant in White.
     The company is recruiting three industrial maintenance technicians and three tooling technicians. Applicants should apply online. Those who are qualified will be invited to attend a recruiting session on Tuesday, Aug. 16, to be interviewed by the employer.

$1 million suit filed over PHS b-ball team


     John Curry, Pickens resident and father of a former PHS student, has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Pickens County School System, alleging administrators have “maliciously ignored reports and complaints” about the boys’ basketball program.

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