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Pickens High first at district reading bowl

Harmony Elementary finishes second

The Pickens High Reading Bowl team celebrates their first place finish Saturday at Chestatee Academy. Harmony Elementary finished second at the same event.

Both teams will advance to the regional level in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, which challenges teams to answer questions from a list of books posed by judges in a Jeopardy style competition.

See photos of all Pickens teams who competed Saturday and more from the battling bookworms in our print edition this Wednesday.

Relay for Life perks up in 2012

Have you ever seen a brassiere on a man? Or perhaps a child tossing ping-pong balls into garish purple bra cups fastened to a pegboard?

If not, you didn’t make it to the Pickens Relay for Life Kickoff Party last Saturday, where nearly 80 people came out to get this year’s event off to a good start – and organizers say this may be the biggest year so far.

Concern over accidents at Twin Mountain Lakes

 

Railroad crossing on Twin Mountain Lake Road near the water, where a driver ran off the left side of the road last December and nosed into a deep ditch against the railroad embankment.

 

Twin Mountain Lake Road resident Christy Young phoned the Progress office Tuesday, Dec. 13. As she talked on the phone, she was watching a wrecker haul a crashed vehicle back into the road near her home, she said.

A Chevrolet Blazer had drifted out of a curve as it approached a railroad crossing headed downhill. The vehicle hit the ditch on the near side of the rails and stuck. A wrecker was called to pull it out.

Speed was involved in the accident, Young said. It was not the first such accident she had seen around there, she said. A previous one occurred near the same place, Young said. A truck that time.

"Flying," she said. "Couldn't make the curve, hit a tree and not the lake."

Young said speeders are a problem on her road. "There's a sign at the top of the road telling the speed limit, but they don't seem to care," she said, meaning motorists who ignore the limit: 20 miles per hour. She had previously contacted the Sheriff's Office to ask for speed enforcement on her road, Young said.

TEA Party meeting on gun control draws packed crowd

 

Jeff Anderson of Georgia Carry addresses a packed TEA Party meeting last week at Chattahoochee Tech.

When he was 38 years old, Jeff Anderson was nearly robbed in his car in Athens, Ga.

Anderson, who is now a lifetime member of the state gun rights advocacy group, Georgia Carry, told the Pickens County TEA Party last week that he averted the attack by flashing the handgun that had been tucked in his glove box since the early 1990s.

That day, he said, changed his life.

“That night I found Georgia Carry on the Internet when I was looking for Georgia gun laws,” Anderson told the packed house at Chattahoochee Technical College, “because I knew I wasn’t going to be lucky the next time. I was 38 at the time and never voted in my life and wasn’t signed up to vote.

“Georgia Carry encouraged me to get to know my representatives and ask them out to lunch and get these laws changed,” he said.

 

Read more from the meeting in our print edition now on sale or our e-edition.

PHS hires new football coach

See updated stories from our Sports Page. Columnist Tommy Gartrell and the PHS Dragons' Lair News on the new coach in this week's print or e-edition.
  Pickens High School will have a new face leading the football program next year. The man behind the face is Mr. Chris Parker. Coach Parker was recommended by Principal Eddie McDonald and Superintendent Dr. Ben Desper to take on the role of Head Football Coach, and a physical education teacher at the high school. Coach Parker comes to Pickens from Chapel Hill High School in Douglas County Ga. Before his tenure at Chapel Hill, Coach Parker was the offensive coordinator at Sequoyah High School in Cherokee County.

Coach Parker is planning on traveling to Jasper next week to meet with students that are interested in playing football next year. Mr. McDonald and Athletic Director Kyle Rasco would like to extend a special “thank you” to the search committee for all the diligent work on this project.

See more on this story in next week's print edition.