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Dragons and 'Nettes dominate at Region 7AAAA Championships

   TrackField Dalton Gasaway (center) and Dillon Gasaway (to the right) finished 1st and 3rd respectively in the 200 meter dash to help the Dragons to the region championship as well as qualifying for this Saturday's sectional meet.

The Track Dragons and 'Nettes knew they had talent, but expected to duke it out event by event in the Girls' and Boys' 7AAAA Region Championships hosted by Southeast Whitfield last Monday and Tuesday in Dalton. In the end, both the Dragons and 'Nettes bested the 7 other region schools by a convincing margin as both took home 1st

Emergency workers to train for large animal rescue

Bent Tree Saddle Club makes donation to get service off the ground

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Cherokee County emergency responders trained in large animal rescue help a horse named Chelsea who is unable to stand up on her own. After training this summer, Pickens emergency crews will offer large animal rescue services like the one pictured above.


    What if you owned a horse like Chelsea, who has severe arthritis in one of her knees? The arthritis is so bad Chelsea can’t bend her left leg, which means if she falls down it’s nearly impossible for her to get back up.
     This scenario is one of many that could mean a bad day for people who have large animals like cows or horses. But later this summer, Pickens residents will be able to call 911 and have local emergency workers help them get big animals back on their feet. Thanks to donations from the Bent Tree Saddle Club and the Cherokee County

Congressman continues pressure on Windstream to improve service

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to Windstream CEO Tony Thomas to follow up on previous concerns and emphasize the growing number of complaints from Windstream customers in Northeast Georgia. Congressman Collins has been actively working to hold Windstream accountable since coming to Congress, and has repeatedly requested answers and demanded better service on behalf of his constituents.

This letter builds on issues addressed in Congressman Collins’ February letter, after Windstream failed to make substantial improvements. Congressman Collins issued the following statement on the letter:

 

“We keep hearing more and more excuses from Windstream. The reality is, there is a local fire department that is unable to adequately serve the community because of poor Windstream connections. There are people who are unable to operate businesses, or work from home, because of unreliable service. This is unacceptable.

   The Customer Service employees Windstream has on the front lines are well aware that they are working with an insufficient product, and they do their best to help customers, but the real problems are clearly with the infrastructure. There is a distinct possibility that the networks are over capacity, and utilize outdated technology.

   Because Windstream has preferred tax status from the IRS, and has accepted taxpayer money from the Connect America Fund, they need to be held accountable to Congress and Northeast Georgians. I look forward to discussing these issues in depth with Mr. Thomas in our meeting on May 9, and I will continue to push for answers until Windstream can show some progress in addressing the concerns of my constituents.”

A young woman with lots of drive: Emilee Riley sets sights on NASCAR career

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    Emilee Riley isn’t afraid of setting big goals. This Pickens native wants to race with the big dogs at NASCAR. 
   

At 20, Pickens native Emilee Riley already has seven years of racing in the rearview - from quarter midgets to trucks and now NASCAR’s Late Model Stock Cars – and she’s got lofty dreams of speeding into the big time as a top NASCAR driver.

One step at a time: Hales keeps positive attitude during recovery

“Not once has he been down,” said Sgt. Hales’ wife. “He has a peace that something great will come from this.”
Rick-Hales     Pickens County Sheriff Sgt. Rick Hales and his wife Selina take recovery day by day.
   

It’s been almost two months to the day that Pickens County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Hales was severely injured in an on-duty accident – but his wife Selina said her husband’s fighting spirit, strong faith and overwhelming support from the community are helping the recovery process move along.

See this week's print or online editions for the full story about Sgt. Hales' recovery.