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Georgia Milestones scores from the 2016-2017 school year have been released by the Georgia Department of Education. While there are many areas where Pickens County students improved over last year, scores were a hit and miss when it came to beating the state average.
The scores are from 2017 spring End of Grade tests.
Last school year was the third time students took the Georgia Milestones test, which replaced the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). Georgia Milestones scores are used to assess the mastery of Georgia Performance Standards.
See full story including comments from the Pickens County School admnistratiors in this week's print or online editions.
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Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a vehicle accident Friday, September 08, 2017 at 7:27 a.m. on Ball Ground Highway at the intersection of East Cherokee Drive. When responding units arrived they observed a Buick Lacrosse had been struck by a Kenworth flatbed construction truck. Preliminary investigation shows that the driver of the Buick Lacrosse, a 16 year old juvenile, was making a left hand turn from East Cherokee Drive onto Ball Ground Highway when they were struck by the Kenworth flatbed truck, driven by Jerymie Thurman 37 years of age of Cartersville, as the truck was traveling northbound on Ball Ground Highway. The juvenile was declared deceased on the scene and the driver of the truck was transported to the hospital. The juvenile driver's name is Madilyn Phillips 16 years of age of Ball Ground. She was a student at Woodstock High School.
Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the accident.
A Pickens County fireman battles a Wednesday morning fire off Highway 108.
Pickens County crews responded to a structure fire just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13th on Eaton Road, just off Highway 108.
The fire engulfed the double-wide mobile home, and the structure is being considered a complete loss. At least one person was in the home when the fire started from a front bedroom, but she was able to get out of the residence with no serious injuries.
City of Jasper fire crews provided backup.
ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr is warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Seeing or hearing about the devastation caused by a natural disaster evokes our sympathies and our desire to help those affected. Unfortunately, scammers realize this and do not hesitate to take advantage of people’s heightened emotions. They may pose as reputable charities soliciting donations and target consumers through unsolicited emails, telemarketing calls or by knocking on their doors. They often create legitimate-looking websites that have similar names as actual charities, sometimes even using the actual logo of a reputable relief organization. To make sure you are donating to a legitimate charity, our office recommends the following tips: