General news and features
National Newspaper Week is Oct. 6 - Oct. 12
By Caroline H. Little
President and CEO,
Newspaper Association of America
We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now.
It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming rather than dying. Of course, there are always bumps in the road to innovation, but as it turns out, we’re actually in the midst of a promising and exciting time.
Congress’ failure to pass a Farm Bill leaves recipients with no benefits after Oct. 31
By Pam O’Dell
Halloween may be a lot scarier for the 20 percent of Georgians who experience food insecurity.
A Nov. 1 reduction in benefits, and the uncertainty as to whether the federally funded program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be funded at all beyond October, is frightening prospect to low income people and those that serve them.
JES holds mock trial over Fourth Amendment rights
Jasper Elementary School students in Courtroom A of the Pickens County Courthouse. Students in Mrs. Darlene Crenshaw’s class took part in a mock trial while other JES 5th graders looked on.
“My client, Clay Shoffer, has been wronged,” said the Jasper Elementary School 5th grade student who acted as council for another student who alleged his teacher, Mrs. Crenshaw, violated his Fourth Amendment rights.
By Eileen Steinhauer
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.
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