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Fannin schools, sheriff investigating basketball game's tense ending

 Updated story in our e-edition includes comments from parents who were there.

pickens-county-schools-seal As parents and players on both sides are reeling from Saturday’s 8th grade boy’s regional basketball game between PCMS and Fannin County Middle School where a fight broke out after alleged racial slurs were yelled, administrators say they plan to address safety concerns for future games.

   Fannin County Superintendent Mark Henson said Monday afternoon that his office is trying to be proactive for future events, including this Monday night’s championship game where three resource officers and three referees will be on hand.

Fannin County Middle School’s gymnasium only has seating on one side of the gym, forcing spectators for both teams to sit side-by-side, and often enflaming already high tensions, especially at tournament level play.

 

Cold weather brings woes for homeowners

Busted pipes, water damage spell doom

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        Global Restoration pumped more than 1,500 gallons of water from this commercial building after frigid weather froze the sprinkler system. Soaked ceiling tiles had to be removed as part of the restoration.
   

    Shawna Isaac’s son spent Monday insulating pipes in his mother’s home after frigid temperatures earlier this month left her with busted pipes and a soaked crawlspace.

No, we don’t know how to handle the cold

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By Angela Reinhardt
Staff writer
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    We don’t know how to handle the cold here in Pickens County - and why should we? We’re southerners.
    I realize not everyone reading this is from the south, but like many of you I’ve always called Georgia home.

Lawson PHS Valedictorian, Mathews PHS Salutatorian

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                                                           Photo / Savannah Laney - Dragons' Lair News.

    Two all-state bassoon players and best friends are the class of 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian. Will Lawson (valedictorian) and Haley Mathews (salutatorian) were named last week to these top academic titles for having the highest GPAs at Pickens High. They are pictured with PHS Principal Eddie McDonald.
    See profiles of the two students in next week’s PHS Dragons’ Lair News page for the Pickens County Progress.

 

Clerk of Court angry over "micro managing"

Pickens County Seal 3d    While it’s been mostly cordial, the board of commissioners and the clerk of court have been at odds since October of 2013 over budget cuts to the point that an e-mail from Clerk of Court Gail Brown indicated a possible suit against the county could be forthcoming.
    In an interview last week, Brown said the only way she would ever file a “mandamus” action against the county would be as an absolute final resort and that her office has been able to absorb the unwanted cuts so far. But Brown was also clear that her office is under-funded and under-staffed and she feels the commissioners have cut her  funding unfairly and “micro-managed” her operations.

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