General news and features
A new semester and school year got off to a rainy start Monday at Chattahoochee Technical College. Georgia’s largest technical college begins classes on August 19 with changes for the new semester with approximately 10,700 students of which more than 3,100 were new.
“This is always an exciting time of year,” said Chattahoochee Technical College President Ron Newcomb. “We have new programs beginning and new students joining us for the first time. We also welcome back students who are finishing their degrees, diplomas and certificates this year and are eager to help them start or continue their careers.”
Thomas Fountain needs your votes
Jasper-born Thomas Fountain has made it into the semi-finals for the title of Georgia County Male Artist of the Year through Georgia-Country.com and he needs your help taking home the title.
Fountain, who was raised in Jasper and who currently lives Ball Ground, is one of 12 remaining musicians competing in this category in the state.
Fountain was a former member of the popular local cover band 53 West, but stepped away from music for a while before returning last year with a new vision and a new direction.
This is a photo of the article that ran in the 1938 edition of the Pickens County Progress following the Whitestone flood.
Danny Attaway is a resident of Pickens County. The recent flooding inspired him to write about the deadly April 7, 1937 flood in Whitestone, Ga. There were 13 people killed in Whitestone when a general store was washed off its foundation. Two children from the Fonder family were staying with the Conner family at the store, which was also their home. It was the first night the Fonder children had spent the night away from home.
Flooding on Mineral Springs Road in Jasper resulted from the second torrential rain in August. Having two flash floods within a week of each other after no prior history of floods in Pickens County is truly surprising, said a research meteorologist.
A research meteorologist who grew up here offered some insight into the unprecedented pair of flooding rainfalls in the past two weeks in eastern Pickens County.
Dr. Dan Lindsey, who holds a PhD in atmospheric science and who works with satellite information for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Colorado, said the two events on August 1 and August 7 are definitely as unusual as people here think they are.
See this week's print or online editions for comments from Dr. Dan Lindsey.
Tate Elementary still below desired student numbers
Pickens schools saw 4,311 students enrolled the second day of classes, a total student population down 50 from last year at the same point. First day numbers had been lower but some of that could be attributed to the rains and flooding.
The school board also discussed facility plans, recognized students and heard about efforts to shift enrollment to Tate during their August meeting.