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Parents upset over new transportation policy

Transportation Director says previous chaos led to safety issues


    Some parents of Pickens County students say the recent changes to the bus transportation policy have left them scrambling to find childcare after school lets out.
    But the school system’s transportation director Bruce Godfrey said the changes have been put in place for the sole reason of keeping Pickens students safe, not to make it easier on bus drivers or the system as a whole.  


The Pickens GOP makes headlines on The Colbert Report


    A post on The Pickens County GOP website gained national attention on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report.  The screenshot was taken from the Comedy Central website.

   A Thursday, July 25 post on the Pickens County GOP website caught the eye of Comedy Central’s Steven Colbert, who on the Thursday, Aug. 1 edition of the Colbert Report chaffs  the local political party.
    But a representative with the local GOP says the comments weren’t originally theirs, and that they simply reposted a story from another website to “provide information and to educate people about news going on in the country.”


Swiftwater rescue at Younglife



Two employees of the Younglife Camp in the Grandview area were rescued by a  Forsyth County Swiftwater Rescuse team this morning on the access road leading to the camp. See full rescue of first stranded person from YouTube.

The two employees were in a truck that washed downstream lodging on a formed island that developed after a flash flood swept through the narrow creek channel, blowing out culverts.


See short video of rescue of second person at our facebook page.


Back to School information in this week's Progress

Graduation and Life

Preparation for All




This week's Progress contains a Back to School special section that the Progress partnered with the school system to produce.

Information includes:

• Columns from all principals with basics about their schools

• Accreditation Information

• Curriculum Information

• Lunchroom/ Meal Plan Information

• Transportation

• Technology

• Homeroom Class Rosters for all schools, grades

Updated: Emergency Responders Locate Missing Child



 Photo/ Ashley Craig
  The Pickens Sheriff’s Office responded to a missing child at approximately 4:00 pm, on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. The child had gone missing from his parents’ home in the Hobson Road area of Jasper Georgia. The initial report indicated that the child was a 3 year old white male. It was also learned that the young boy had been diagnosed with autism. The boy had blonde hair and was last seen at around 12 noon.