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Unwanted Pickens dogs migrate north

County hits 90 percent adoption rate at shelter

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    Calling New England home now, this black lab sat for months in the county shelter unwanted in this area before being sent to a new owner in Nantucket, Massachusetts where he happily roams the beaches.

    With a national euthanization rate of 56 percent for dogs and 71 percent for cats, data complied by the National Council on Pet Population, an animal shelter with an adoption rate of over 90 percent is nothing to paw at.

Polar Plunge Teachers dive into frigid waters for charity

Friday’s PHS Baseball Pink Out for charity will raise more funds

 

polarplunge    Taking up the challenge - PHS teachers Rodney Martin, Melissa Weeks, Jody Williams, and Kevin Jacobs jump into Long Swamp Creek as part of a charity challenge.
   

     What could make a handful of brave teachers and students jump into a frigid Georgia creek on a 42 degree day? Only a great charity.
    When PHS English teacher Debbie Roper was challenged last week by her daughter, Jessica Bryan, to take a polar plunge into Long Swamp Creek for charity, it was an easy decision.

Two school principals announce coming departures

PHS' McDonald announces coming retirement;

JMS' Howell announces resignation at end of school year

Today PHS Principal Eddie McDonald announced to his staff by e-mail that he will be retiring at the end of the school year.  The school board also received a resignation letter from Jasper Middle School Principal Neil Howell today. The board will act on the two letters at their next board meeting in April.

            School Board Chair Wendy Lowe said the two are not related. She said it was just an odd coincidence that both came on the same day. She said McDonald had let them know earlier he had been considering retirement, though she said they had hoped he would remain at least another year.

            She said she had been caught by surprise by Howell’s resignation, which will be effective at the end of the school year.

 

Hill City teacher battles cancer with a smile

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    Ashley Cagle is recovering well after her mastectomy.

    You wouldn’t expect a woman who just had one of her breasts surgically removed to be all smiles and laughs.
    But that’s exactly how Hill City Elementary first grade teacher Ashley Cagle was this past Monday, just a few weeks after undergoing a mastectomy to remove an invasive lobular carcinoma.

Pick up a copy of this week's Progress or check out our e-edition for the full story.

 

Brush fire contained at Carnes Mill Road

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    Georgia Forestry assists county crews with a brush fire off Carnes Mill Road.

     A brush fire that broke out off Carnes Mill Road mid afternoon Monday, has been contained, according to Pickens County Fire Chief Bob Howard.

     The fire was caused by an employee of a nearby business burning material too close to a field.