General news and features
Three members of the PHS Culinary Arts team
On March 15, Pickens High School FCCLA Culinary Arts team traveled to Athens, Ga., to compete for the state title. At the state competition the students prepared a meal of Chicken Alfredo with sliced mushrooms and blanched asparagus with a side garden salad. The competition was extremely tough and was composed of the top 2 teams from each of the 9 FCCLA regions around the state. PHS placed 2nd in the state.
Firefighters pull a hose to a window to extinguish flames inside a Cove area home last August. The strenuous nature of battling blazes requires many able-bodied volunteers.
Pickens volunteer fire crews are looking for a few more good men and women to join their ranks. The eight departments in the county are all in need of additional “young able-bodied people who can fight fires.”
Assistant Fire Chief Curtis Clark said the departments accept volunteers of all physical conditions to help with support-functions, but front-line firefighters are what they need.
Pickens County's new Parks & Recreation Director Brian Jones
The Pickens County Board of Commissioners recently announced that Pickens native Brian Jones has been hired as the new parks and recreation director.
Jones, who will leave his position as Gilmer County Planning & Development Director this week, says he wants to make the programs more kid-oriented, and invite new ideas from the community to expand recreation offerings beyond regular sports programs such as basketball and baseball.
Follow this link for a video of the Grand Jury's tour of the courthouse.
Last week a handful of the members of the incoming grand jury were given a tour of the Pickens County courthouse, which is in final stages of renovation and expected to be completed this spring.
The general contractor’s project manager Gabriel Schultz and Pickens County Commission Chair Rob Jones guided the tour from the basement level
Superintendent Ben Desper reported to the school board they are “in a perfect storm of worst case scenarios” with the next budget which could lead to 30 or more positions being eliminated across the system.
Speaking during a March 21st finance workshop with a roomful of school system employees in attendance but few members of the public, Desper said the “perfect storm” results from rising costs, particularly with healthcare, and falling student numbers.
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