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Georgia’s unemployment rate declines to 7.3 percent

 gasealATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.3 percent in January, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in December. The rate was 8.6 percent in January a year ago. 
“This is the seventh consecutive month that the unemployment rate has declined,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “The rate fell because 15,928 more Georgians were employed and the number of new layoffs for January fell to the lowest level in eight years.” 

How will SPLOST be used?

    Pickens County Seal


     A proposed SPLOST with projected collections of $30 million will appear on the May 20 ballot, with a strong focus on infrastructure and services.
    Pickens County Commission Chair Rob Jones and Jasper Mayor John Weaver are scheduled to speak at the 

Grease coming to PHS stage


PHS Theatre is preparing to present GREASE the musical on April 3, 4, 5 at 7 p.m. at the Pickens High Performing Arts Center. Presale tickets are available in the PHS front office, $8 adults; $5 students; and $10 at the door the nights of the show.

See more high school news, inlcuding their recent AP honors in tomorrow's Progress.

Read Across America Day at Pickens schools      Pickens County District Commissioner Becky Denney reads to students Renee Walker's Fourth Grade Class at Harmony Elementary for Read Across America Day, a celebration held on or near Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2. 

     "Literacy is the foundation of every child's education. It opens doorways to opportunity, transports us across time and space, and binds family and friends closer together," President Barak Obama said in a recent statement about Read Across America Day. "When parents, educators, librarians, and mentors read

Ga. High court upholds axe-murder conviction


From Supreme Court of Georgia

 Jane Hansen, Public Information Officer

The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence given to a man in Lowndes County for killing his girlfriend with an axe in 2010 on Christmas Eve.

            In this high-profile Valdosta murder, Kenneth Brown, 58 at the time of the murder of 47-year-old Charlotte Grant, argued on appeal that the judge erred in refusing to instruct jurors that they could consider whether he was instead guilty of the less serious crime of voluntary manslaughter.

   In today’s opinion, however, Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines writes that the evidence presented did not support a voluntary manslaughter jury charge, and that the “evidence authorized the jury to find Brown guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes of which he was convicted.”

            According to evidence at trial, Brown and Grant lived together, along with her adult son, Keith Medley, and her disabled bed-ridden daughter. The couple recently had been arguing and sleeping in separate bedrooms, according to briefs filed in the case. In the early morning hours of Dec. 24, 2010, Brown found Grant in the living room talking on the phone to her estranged husband, from who she had been separated for five years.