Food Service Employee Jennifer Hoffard and school bus driver Randy Baker serve free lunches to kids at Mountainside Manor Apartments. All Pickens County kids age 2-18 can get free lunches this summer through a federal program.
If you’ve been at Mountainside Apartments, the rec. center at Roper Park, or Hill City Elementary around lunchtime, you may have seen kids lined up at a bus to get a sack lunch.
If you’re a parent and wondered who these mysterious people are giving food to kids, it’s nothing to be leery of. It’s called “Seamless Summer” and is a federally funded program that offers free lunch to any child in the county age 2-18. The Pickens County School System qualifies for the program because over 50 percent (52 percent) of its student body are on free or reduced lunch.
This past weekend Chandler Smith and his Venturinni Motor Sports ARCA team took on the Madison Wisconsin 1/2 mile track. Coming off a history making three poles in a row performance at Toledo Ohio a few weeks ago, it was time to try and beat his own record.
After leading practice, it was time to qualify. When it was all over, Chandler broke his own ARCA record and won his 4th pole in a row. Winning the pole was great but Chandler wanted a win. At the start of the race Chandler lead a few laps before radioing his crew chief letting him know that his right front wheel was loose. Having to pit put Chandler behind running 15th and way behind. Knowing he had a great car, Chandler slowly but surely picked off his competitors one by one. By lap 103
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Schuyler Floyd, of Matchpoint, demonstrates how he detects leaks in the water line with a special sound device.
Mid-morning, Thursday June 7th, a crew with Matchpoint, a water loss management company recently hired by the city of Jasper, was evaluating one of the larger leaks they found in the city’s water system.
Muddy water gushed out of a hole in the ground and down the driveway of a Refuge Valley Road home. David Gunderson of Matchpoint said this leak was easily detectible because it was visible to the naked eye, but to find leaks in the system that can’t be seen they use special sonar equipment such as ground mics and headphones that allow them to “hear” those leaks in the lines.
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Washington, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee’s today passed the fiscal year 2019 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which was authored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) who is chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. The bill provides annual funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and other related agencies.
The bill totals $23.4 billion. The legislation targets resources to programs that will help boost economic growth and opportunity, protect consumers and investors, promote an efficient federal court system, and stop financial crime.
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Fun-filled activities at the week-long camp allowed kids to be kids and encouraged interaction between them and their leaders. Pictured from left: Ethan Morris, Pete Bryant, Andy Weaver, Young Life Leader Jeff Anderson, Ian Burdge and Lucas Headrick play tug-of-war.
Thirty students from Pickens High School and six of their Young Life leaders, traveled to Windy Gap, a Young Life camp in Weaverville, NC for the best week of their lives, June 3-9. The campers and leaders kicked off the summer as they arrived at Windy Gap, located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.
During their week at camp, kids from Pickens County had the opportunity to experience high adventure activities such as the zip line, horseback riding, NasCarts, the high ropes course and mountain biking. These activities at camp allow kids to be kids and encourage interaction between them and their leaders.