General news and features
First year Georgia Milestones scores used in CCRPI
Pickens’ CCRPI scores. See explanation of categories at the end of the article.
Earlier this month the Georgia Department of Education released annual assessment numbers for all schools in the state, and while all but two Pickens schools scored below the state average the director of teaching and learning said the assessment is new and scores should improve as the system adjusts.
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In front of a courtroom without a single family member in attendance, Ulysses Williams, 28, was sentenced to life without parole as a result of his involvement in an armed robbery at a Jasper Verizon store last October.
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No campaign materials allowed at elections office
Voters are getting a strong head start on the May 24 primary election, with the local elections office reporting a good turnout the first few days of early voting, which runs May 2 through May 20.
“It’s been very good so far,” said Pickens County Board of Elections & Registration Supervisor Julianne Roberts, who reported 85 voters by mid-afternoon the first day of early voting and 160 by 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The local Republican party is conducting a straw poll for preferences in local and state races through May 13th.
The link directly to the survey is www.surveymonkey.com/r/5X5J2MZ
The poll asks for the respondent’s preference in all the local races: Commission Chair, Coroner, Tax Commissioner and Board of Education Post 1 as well as pertinent state offices and congressional races.
New Postmaster Michael Jordan with his wife and daughter.
Michael Jordan officially took over as the Jasper postmaster on April 30. Jordan will have worked for the United States Post office for 21 years in November.
He started right out of high school in Woodstock. He has worked at different locations and was the postmaster in Rydal for the last two years. He has been married to wife Melissa for 20 years has a daughter Tiffany, who is 19. The family lives in Ball Ground.