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Public input sought about possible school starting times


Submitted by Dr. Carlton Wilson, Pickens County Schools Superintendent


The Pickens County School District is reviewing school times for the 2017-2018 school year. We would like public input for this decision.


Current School Start and End Times: 

Pot-bellied pig craze didn't die in the 90s

Rescuer calling for education, foster homespot-bellied-pigs

     Pot-bellied pigs Bonnie and Clyde have been in the care of the Whittling family in Ball Ground for the last year after they were saved from the slaughterhouse. One local rescuer said pot-bellied pigs often end up unwanted because their owners don’t realize how large they get.  


If everything goes as planned, Bonnie and Clyde, a pair of pot-bellied pigs, will get a new home soon.  

“About a year ago my father-in-law got them from some friends who decided they didn’t want them anymore,” said Ball Ground resident Nicholas Whittling. “They were going to kill them and take them to the processing place and he didn’t want that. His health isn’t great anymore and he can’t care for them.” 

Fortunately, the Whittlings were recently contacted by a potential adoption family, but Nelson resident Victoria Bragg - potbelly pig rescuer and board member with Forgotten Angels Rescue & Education Center - said not all pigs are as lucky as Bonnie and Clyde. 

Memorial Day ceremony planned for Monday



Memorial Day ceremonies will be held Monday, May 29th at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper at 10 a.m.

In addition to a 21-gun salute and the National Anthem, U.S. Marine Corps Col. Mitchell Swan will deliver the keynote speech. 

Col. Swan graduated from Marquette University’s Business School and the NROTC program in Milwaukee in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He went on to earn an MBA at Chaminade University of Honolulu in Hawaii. 

Rep. Graves: Trump’s Budget Is Impressive And Honest


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, A New Foundation for American Greatness
“The president’s budget proposal is impressive. He’s keeping his campaign promises, and also being very honest with Americans about what it takes to balance the budget. Many decisions are hard, but the president has offered new ideas and a fresh approach to solve our nation’s greatest challenges. 

“The president’s vision includes major middle-income and business tax cuts, and a $1 trillion public-private plan for national infrastructure projects. These proposals would open up new opportunities and good jobs in communities across Georgia.

“I support the proposal to build upon our spending cuts and further reduce the size of many federal agencies. The president rightly wants to have fewer bureaucrats around to regulate our lives in order to free up funding for border security and the military.

“Congress has about four months to dig into the plan, debate the merits and respond with a final spending bill. I’m excited to work with the president and his team to do big things and empower Americans to achieve their dreams.”