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Governor not meeting with Moral Mondays coalition

Medicaid expansion aim of growing group at capitolgaseal


By Pam O’Dell

Capitol Reporter


For the last two consecutive Monday afternoons, hundreds of Georgians have stood on the capitol steps to advocate for the expansion of the federal Medicaid program in Georgia. This would not be especially noteworthy except that many came noticeably donned in clergy attire and the event was covered by national media.

Reminiscent of the first Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina, the group claims they will address the moral issues involved in state policies.


Hill City and Harmony advance to regional reading bowl


    Harmony team: Amberley Clark, Haley Voyles, Mykel Hand, Joseph Adams, Abigail Ottosen, Caroline Jordan, Tammy Boggus-coach, Ishan Iqbal, Susan Anderson - coach, Conner Williams.

     Area elementary students participated in the county Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition hosted by Harmony Elementary School Jan. 27. Hill City and Harmony Elementary School advanced to regional competition.

Power Hour leads to ice cream




  West End members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia love ice cream.  

  This is true, especially when they are celebrating a job well done at school.    All members received good to great report cards this past marking period. 

Youth in the  Boys & Girls clubs participate in a daily homework program called POWER Hour.  

  “We are making a difference and glad to help the children and school system any way we can,” said Michele L. Brackin, Executive Director of the local organization.


Kirby to be featured on "Kim of Queens"

Show airs Feb. 4 on Lifetime TV


    10 –year-old Pickens resident Erin Kirby is new to life on the pageant circuit, but in under two years the talented vocalist has earned over a dozen pageant titles and landed herself a spot on Lifetime’s Kim of Queens – a pageant reality show hosted by 1991 Miss Georgia Kim Gravel.

Weekend snack program meeting the needs of Pickens students


Volunteers pack snack bags for students who may be lacking food to take home for weekends. Food items can be donated during the school year by dropping off at Tate United Methodist Fellowship Hall on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Submitted By Shelley Cantrell,
Pickens County schools
     When a group of people see a need and work together, the results are often amazing and awe-inspiring.  That is exactly what happened when a few individuals realized that there are many children within the Pickens County School System who do not have sufficient food during the weekend away from school.  Students have access to