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Statistics show PHS roundabout could cut crashes

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     According to Pickens’ GDOT engineer, the state agency wants a roundabout at Highway 53 and Dragon Drive to improve driver safety at an intersection that produces a high number of crashes.
    Speaking to the Pickens County Board of Education, GDOT Area 1 Engineer Sam Wheeler said the intersection is a “viable location” for a small to moderately sized roundabout. He pitched the traffic solution to the board, citing the roundabout’s increased popularity with GDOT based on a reduced rate and severity of crashes, as well as minimal maintenance.

See full story, including other school news from the school board meeting in our print and online editions.

Bent Tree artist’s photoshopped wedding portrait goes viral

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    A local graphic artist designed this photoshopped picture of a family on their wedding day in October. The picture includes the image of the couple’s son Lake, age 8, who died of leukemia earlier this year.

     With over 20 million hits and trending #1 on Facebook for a few hours last week, Bent Tree resident Paul Woodward’s photoshop creation has touched the hearts of the nation.
    Woodward, a 63-year-old graphic artist and owner of Royale Graphic Design, was asked to come up with an idea to photoshop a family’s recently-deceased child into their wedding photo.

See full story in this week's print or online editions.

Veterans Day ceremony draws large crowd

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  The Veterans Day events enjoyed perfect weather and good attendance this afternoon. Several hundred participants filled the bleachers and spilled into the lawn at Lee Newton Park for the ceremony, which included patriotic music from the PHS Band and Chorus, keynote speaker Steven L. Arnold, a retired U.S. Lieutenant General who has been inducted in the Army Ranger Hall of Fame, taps and a poignant reading of the names of Pickens fallen soldiers. The main stage ceremony was followed by a groundbreaking for the Veterans Memorial Park.

Gas up nearly 10 cents a gallon

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November 9- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 9.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.13/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.22/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

New principal hired for Jasper Elementary

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     Jasper, Georgia — The Pickens County School District announces the hiring of Dr. David Wilds as Principal for
Jasper Elementary School.
     Dr. David Wilds is a native of Statesboro, Georgia but has called Houston County home since 2005. He has
served as an Assistant Principal of Instruction at Lake Joy Primary School in Warner Robbins, Georgia, a very
high performing elementary school. Dr. Wilds earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and a Master of
Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University. He received an Education Specialist in Educational