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Mr. and Miss PHS announced


Suzy Price / Photo

Mr. and Miss PHS, Tucker Green and Sydney Romine were announced along with the rest of the Pickens High court Friday at the Dragons home game. Suzy Price / Photo

The PHS Court was presented last Friday night before the home football game at Pickens High School. Those on court were selected through votes by PHS seniors, and then a second vote was taken to select Mr. and Miss PHS (Tucker Green and Sydney Romine) from the people on the court. 

More common sense, less Common Core, message at forum


State Superintendent on “funny math,” and other education issues at GOP meeting


By Eileen Steinhauer

Contributing Writer


More common sense, less Common Core and a child-centered approach were the themes at last week’s education forum hosted by the Pickens County GOP and featuring Georgia State Superintendent Richard Woods.  

Voter Registration Day over, but you can still register online

Atlanta – Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding Georgians that September 22, 2015, is National Voter Registration Day. National Voter Registration Day is a civic event bringing together thousands of organizations, volunteers, and citizens across the nation to raise awareness of voter registration opportunities and register eligible voters in one coordinated effort.

“It is my hope that any eligible Georgia voter will use this day as an opportunity to register to vote and have the chance to cast their ballot in the fast approaching Presidential Preference Primary”, said Kemp.


Execution date set again for Georgia woman

Execution Date Set for Kelly Renee Gissendaner, Convicted of Husband’s Murder

 Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Kelly Renee Gissendaner, who may begin to be executed at noon on September 29, 2015 for the 1997 murder of her husband Douglas Gissendaner. progress square

 Scheduled Execution

 On September 18, 2015, the Superior Court of Gwinnett County filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner may occur to begin at noon, September 29, 2015, and ending seven days later at noon on October 6, 2015. Gissendaner has concluded her direct appeal proceedings and her state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.


Veteran honored with gift of Laurel Lake home


      Army Veteran William Hutchinson, right, with his wife, Leslie, and three daughters: Riley, 7; Emma, 5; and Brooklyn, 4. Leslie is a former U.S. Army medic and is a full-time caregiver for her husband Behind them stand Terence Lewis of Portico Properties (far left) and Nelson Mayor Larry Ray.

By Ralph O. Dennis
Contributing writer
     Army veteran, Sgt. William Hutchinson, will be honored and thanked for his service with a new home for his family in Nelson. The home is being built and presented to the family as part of Operation Finally Home.