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State school superintendent forum Thursday

    nancyjesterNancy Jester is one of the state school superintendent candidates to speaking at this Thursday's forum.

     The Pickens County Retired Educators Association will host a forum for all state school superintendent candidates March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College.

Heroin cuts short promising life

Text to her mother 10 days before fatal party: “I hate being an addict because my life is on the line... I want my life more than drugs so I'm going to change.”
drugoverdose     Tanya Smith with her daughter Taylor at graduation in 2011. The free-spirited Taylor decided to wait on entering college and fell in with the wrong crowd.


    Last week, the mother of the 20-year-old whose body was dumped in the yard of a vacant house last August after she died of an overdose at a party portrayed a descent into drugs that was unbelievably sad and shockingly quick.

Legislature enters final week of session with many issues undecided






 By Pam O’Dell

Capitol Reporter



 Thursday, March 20th is the last day of the state legislative session. The 40th final day will likely end at midnight as many bills compete to pass both the Senate and House or ‘die’ for the year.

School board challengers introduced


School board candidates spoke at this month's Pickens GOP meeting.

     Candidates in the two contested school board seats made their first public appearance at the Pickens GOP meeting last week.
    Each local candidate was allowed five minutes.
    These races will appear on the upcoming May ballot. To vote in the Republican race voters must select a Republican ballot.