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Q&A with superintendent on recent cuts

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     The Progress this week sent Pickens County School Superintendent Ben Desper a list of questions regarding the recent teacher lay-offs as well as his own contract, which has been the subject of controversy.
    Dr. Desper responded to those questions by e-mail and they can be found in our print or online editions --- on sale now.

Art pouring in for Sharptop's Patio & Garden Auction

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One of the many pieces donated for Sharptop Arts Association's Patio & Garden Auction on May 11. Tickets for this event are $10 and are going fast. If you want to join in on the fun, get your tickets by calling Sylvia Riley at 678-860-4814 or executive director Jeanette Bottari at 770-893-8438.

Submitted by Sharptop Arts Association

    Sharptop Arts Association is happy to announce our first annual Patio & Garden Auction Fundraising event --- a new twist on our Feathered Event that you won’t want to miss.

    “For three years now Sharptop’s main fundraiser has been the Feathered Event where artists have donated birdhouses to be auctioned off.  This has

 

Youth athlete concussion bill awaits Deal's approval

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By Pam O’Del

Capitol Reporter

    Should Gov. Deal allow HB284 to become law, youth exhibiting signs of a concussion during organized sporting events must be pulled from the activity. They must then be evaluated and approved to return to that activity by a qualified health care professional.
    The bill also requires public and private schools to design and implement a “concussion management and return to play” policy and to notify parents of the risks concussions present to their child. The bill simply encourages other youth sporting organizations to do so.

Pickens library "filled to the gills"

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    Left: On a busy day after school, vehicles fill the parking lot at the Pickens County Library.

An expansion is targeted as a future SPLOST project.
 

    Visit the Pickens County Library at the busy time of day and you’d be hard pressed to find an empty computer. If you’re a teen you may feel like the redheaded stepchild with the sparse young adult choices on the shelves.
    “The library is filled to the gills,” says Sequoyah Regional Library System Director Susan White. “The book space is absolutely packed. If we want to add new items we have to take something else out, and we need a room for our young adults.”