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Yellow Creek character area creates “firestorm” among residents

 

Officials say misinformation to blame

County officials are postponing a presentation from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in regard to a “character area” study for the Foothills area.
Officials say the meeting has been pushed back in order to streamline it with the development of a state-mandated five-year county development plan happening later this year. But talk of the proposed character area study already has residents in the area stirred up.
Many Yellow Creek residents have made angry calls to the county planning and development office complaining that implementation of additional zoning requirements would be unfair to property owners there.  These officials say, however, that unrest among these residents is by and large a result of misinformation.

State to begin weighing students

 

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Parents  may see reports

by end of academic period

With administrators making it very clear the action comes by state law, Pickens schools, like all public schools in the state, are set to begin weighing and recording the weights of P.E. students.
The SHAPE program mandated by the state legislature requires schools to weigh all students in classes taught by certified physical education teachers. This means in Pickens County all elementary students and most middle school students will face the scales at least once each year. High school students are only required to take P.E. once during high school’s four years, so they will only be subjected to the new rules once.
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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.