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Pickens SAT scores beat state average, below national


By Eileen Steinhauer
Progress contributor

    Recently released statewide SAT scores show Pickens County students, on average, scored higher than the Georgia state average and they earned higher SAT scores in 2013 than in 2012.
    According to the Georgia Department of Education, in the spring of 2013 Georgia students from across the state earned an average SAT score of 1452 out of a possible 2400.  Pickens County students earned a 1475 average SAT score, which was 23 points higher than the state average. The local test-takers also beat last year’s average for Pickens County by 22 points.


Long Table on Main brings unique dining, music to Jasper



    The 18-piece Atlanta Swing orchestra, a professional dance band from Atlanta, performing in the tradition of the great swing bands of the forties and fifties,  will headline The Long Table on Main.

By Dennis  Santucci

    Imagine a long, long dining table with a white table cloth and white chairs. The table is elegantly set with china and crystal. A hundred or more people all in black and white attire are mingling, cheerfully engaged in conversation or dancing to an 18-piece orchestra under the stars. The


Investigation on sexual assault looks at different possible locations


Superintendent and Sheriff have confidence PCMS is safe for all students



In comments this morning sheriff officials said the continuing investigation of a sexual assault first reported to have occurred at Pickens Middle School has been “broad” since the beginning, but confirmed they are looking at other locations in addition to the school.

Odds Are 1/140 Georgia Drivers Will Hit a Deer



Survey Shows Slight National Decline in Likelihood of Collision




     Atlanta, GA., Sept. 30, 2013 – The odds that an individual driver in the United States will crash into a deer during the next year have declined by 4.3 percent.  Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer,

calculates the chances of any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 174, compared with 1 in 167 the year before.* 

Jasper cemetery tour offers glimpse into past


    Members of the local Daughters of the American Revolution welcome more than 50 people to the old section of the Jasper City Cemetery on Church Street Sunday where they discussed their historical research.

    A tour of the old section of the Jasper City Cemetery drew more than 50 people Sunday to hear members of the local Daughters of the American Revolution discuss the history they unearthed during their research.