General news and features
Bears everywhere -- Bear sightings are off the chart this year. Above, images taken by Dr. Robert Keller of a cub crossing the road.
The Georgia DNR has dropped charges against Pickens resident Judy Gardner after she shot and killed a black bear. Gardner said she accidntally shot the bear while tyring to scare it away with her .22 rifle. Check out the print or online editions for comments from the DNR
In a called meeting July 24, the school board hired Lynda Wallace as principal of Harmony Elementary in advance of school opening next week.
Superintendent Lula Mae Perry said Wallace comes with valuable experience from Cherokee County, where she was assistant principal at Carmel Elementary School prior to taking this job.
Perry said there were several good candidates for the job. She chose Wallace in part because of her enthusiasm. Perry said she believes that Wallace brings both knowledge of education and a great deal of energy to the job.
Wallace’s husband, Chris, already serves as a vice principal in the Pickens system.
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Pride of Pickens marching band camp wrapped up last Friday, July 26. The band’s show theme this year is Sevens.
“The theme is fun and challenging this year, and my favorite song is "Sevens" which is the first song we will be performing,” said freshman band member, Grace Wilkie.
Press Release from City of Woodstock Police Department
WOODSTOCK, July 26, 2013: The Woodstock Police Department has completed its Internal Investigation into the death of K-9 Spartacus at the home of his handler, Woodstock Police Officer Chad Berry.
On the evening of June 17, 2013, Spartacus was found unresponsive in Officer Berry’s assigned patrol vehicle at the officer’s residence in Pickens County. Immediately upon the discovery, Officer Berry notified his supervisor and the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office respondedtoinvestigate the incident.
A necropsy requested by theWoodstock Police Department determined that Spartacus’ probable cause of death was heat stroke and that there were no other indications of injury, maltreatment, or abuse. Spartacus had also been seen for an annual physical examination and vaccines on February 21, 2013 and was found to be in good health at that time.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), author of the Defund Obamacare Act (H.R. 2682), issued the following reaction to President Obama’s speech about the economy today:
“The president’s speeches haven’t changed, and neither has the economy. We need a policy change, starting with removing the biggest roadblock to quality jobs—Obamacare.
“My Defund Obamacare Act will empower those who have fallen on hard times with the opportunity to work. By putting a stop to all the government-imposed confusion and fines, we can lift people out of joblessness and help them find a good, full-time job.