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No jobs, high debt keep college grads dependent on parents



By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter

    New results from a study reveal that many college graduates are unable to find a job that makes use of their four-year degrees. Over 50 percent of students who entered college after 2007 still require financial assistance from their parents according to answers given.
    The study, performed by the Norton School of Family and Consumer Services within the University of Arizona, followed 1,010 students for over 5 years. The study was funded by the National Endowment for Financial Education and the Citi Foundation.   

Elrod sworn in as Fire Chief/EMS director


At a ceremony this morning in the county admin building, Sloan Elrod was sworn in as the chief of the combined Fire Department and EMS for Pickens County. Addressing many county employees and department heads in attendance, Elrod said work is still underway planning how the two departments will merge and they will proceed slowly with this change. 

Commission Chairman Rob Jones administered the oath to Elrod. He said he is excited to see the combined services "come out of the chute." Ultimately this will save tax dollars, Jones said.

See complete report in this week's Progress.

Charles Chapman Grand Marshal for July 4th parade


 Charles Chapman being honored by Jasper Lions Club

            Longtime Lions Club member Charles Chapman, a.k.a. Mr. Jasper Lion, has been named the grand marshal of the July 4th parade this year for Jasper.

    The Lions have a long history of providing the Independence Day activities for Pickens County and Chapman has been instrumental in these for many years.

Talking Rock man wins $1 million in lottery



   A man from Pickens County is celebrating a big win from the Georgia Lottery. Dennis Noland of Talking Rock won a $1 million top prize playing the instant game $10 Million Cash Spectacular.

    Georgia Lottery representatives presented Noland with an oversized check Wednesday at Airport Grocery,  Sunlight Road in Ellijay, which is the store where the winning ticket was sold.