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Letters From Santa program begins

Santa’s Personalized Response to Your Child’s Letter


    NORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter, complete with a North Pole postmark.
    Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

GoFundMe page set up for family who lost everything to fire


    Little was salvaged from last week’s Lawson Federal Road blaze, which the county marshal said was started from a laptop that was left plugged in for too long. The family did not have insurance and is now trying to pick up the pieces. Visit their GoFundMe page “Help Pat and Lamar after house fire” to make a donation. A second GoFundMe page has also been set up for the family here.
    No time is a good time for a fire to destroy your home and all your belongings, but losing it all near the holidays seems to make things a little harder.
    “All my son’s Christmas toys we’d bought burnt up, and money I had put away for Christmas burnt up,” said Vicki Frost, who recently moved into the east Pickens residence of future in-laws Lamar and Pat Sneed, along with fiancé Mike and four-year-old son Tyler. “But you know, I can

Teens in no rush to take the wheel


Taking the wheel - Teens are waiting later than age 16 to get their licenses. PHS Seniors Abbie Sawyer (driver’s seat); and passengers Hanna Braswell, Savannah Laney, and Sadie Cornett now have their licenses but many teens are postponing the rite of passage until later in high school or beyond.

By Suzy Price
Intern reporter
     The number of teenagers with their driver’s license has declined as much as 20 percent since 1983, according to a study done by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
    This national decline is evident locally. The number of parking permits sold to student drivers at Pickens High School has fallen drastically since the 2000s. In 2014, PHS lost their driver’s education program, a class that had allowed students to take driving training during school hours.

Rezoning requested for Dollar General at Grandview


This sign marks the site where developers hope to build a Dollar General on Cove Road.

     Bobby Howard, for Hibbymo Properties in Calhoun, submitted paperwork to request rezoning that would allow a Dollar General to locate on the west corner of the Grandview and Cove roads intersection. The report from the planning office recommends that the project be denied.

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Grandview man takes on big medicine

Dr. John Nardo’s work may lead to more open data

    "I am not trying to revolutionize medicine, but I do hope this holds the pharmaceutical companies a little more accountable," says Dr. John Nardo of his recent work.
    Sitting on his cabin’s front porch in the Grandview area, pony-tailed "Mickey" doesn’t seem like the Dr. John Nardo who has gone toe-to-toe with big medicine, forcing a major concession that may hold pharmaceutical companies more accountable with producing honest and accurate research information in the future.