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Accelerated Reader program dropped at schools

     student-reading

 

     The Pickens school system dropped Accelerated Reader, a program designed to assess a student’s reading comprehension level, at the beginning of the academic year, citing a “significant increase in the cost for the subscription” of the product.
    The move was met with dismay from some parents and teachers who liked the program that measured comprehension in their students while others see the move away from AR as positive.

Dept of Health warns of potentially deadly ‘herbal incense’

crazy clown herb

Submitted by Jennifer King
Public Information Officer and Risk Communicator
    The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has become aware of a dangerous, potentially lethal substance surfacing in convenience stores and smoke shops. DPH has issued an emergency communication to about 40,000 licensed physicians and physician’s assistants in Georgia. When ingested

Courthouse parking impacting some Main Street businesses

City looks at enforcing two-hour parking limit
courthouse-parking-lot

ANYBODY THERE? The new parking lot behind the Pickens County Courthouse sits empty mid-afternoon on a Friday.

The lot is open but has yet to see much use.

    Have you been having trouble finding a parking spot on Main Street, particularly on North Main Street around the newly renovated courthouse?
    According to some North Main Street business owners, parking has become a problem since the courthouse reopened and in some cases the lack of spaces has negatively impacted the bottom line.

Fatal shooting on Hwy. 108 under investigation

 Updated:

No charges expected in fatal shooting,

investigators say it appears to be self defense.

 

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GBI and sheriff investigators have not filed charges against a Highway 108 resident who shot a man at his home early Sunday morning, as the shooting appeared to be in self-defense according to information from the Pickens sheriff office. 

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Original story -- The sheriff’s office and GBI are continuing to sort out details of a fatal shooting that occurred Sunday (just after midnight Saturday) at a residence on Highway 108.

 

Tax digest drops 1.3%

Values down $48M  from previous year
See the print or online edition to see proposed millage rate changes from the school board and county board of commissioners 

pickensseal      As members of the school board and county and city elected officials set millage rates to fund their upcoming budgets, they will be working with nearly $50 million less in taxable property this year than the previous year.