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VIDEO: Grand Jury given tour of courthouse


Follow this link for a video of the Grand Jury's tour of the courthouse.

     Last week a handful of the members of the incoming grand jury were given a tour of the Pickens County courthouse, which is in final stages of renovation and expected to be completed this spring.
    The general contractor’s project manager Gabriel Schultz and Pickens County Commission Chair Rob Jones guided the tour from the basement level

Schools looking to trim employee numbers


    Superintendent Ben Desper reported to the school board they are “in a perfect storm of worst case scenarios” with the next budget which could lead to 30 or more positions being eliminated across the system.
    Speaking during a March 21st finance workshop with a roomful of school system employees in attendance but few members of the public, Desper said the “perfect storm” results from rising costs, particularly with healthcare, and falling student numbers.

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Phony veteran’s group targets businesses

Legitimate organization says scam could hurt fundraising efforts


    When Bojangles owner Kristal Beaver first spoke with a representative of a veteran’s group last Wednesday, March 13, she agreed to make a donation to their cause.
    But Beaver’s support quickly turned to suspicion as more and more red flags went up during the course of the conversation and donation process.

Sunday alcohol sales pass in county


The 5.84 percent of the voters in Pickens County who cast a ballot said yes to countywide sales of alcohol by the package by more than a two-to-one margin Tuesday and in early voting.

The totals for the alcohol sales were 692 yes to 328 against. See complete story later at this site.


Read previous coverage for more details on alcohol sales.

Middle schools to merge football programs


By Bettina Huseby
Progress Contributor

    Pickens High School head football coach Chris Parker addressed the March 14 board of education meeting about plans to combine both middle school football teams into one.
    “What we’re trying to do at the middle school level is much like what Dawson County recently did,” Parker said. “It’s an opportunity to streamline players into one group which will move together from the JYSA to middle school and then to high school. It will really build the program.”