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Library lecture goes radioactive

Standing-room-only crowd hears about nuclear site in Dawson County

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 Dr. James Mahaffey and his lecture on the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory drew a large crowd to the Pickens County Library. Click here for a previous local story about the nuclear site.  

       Dr. James Mahaffey, acclaimed nuclear engineer and author of the new book Atomic Adventures, hit a nerve with his lecture about the defunct nuclear testing site in Dawson County that, like most things in the world of nuclear history, is shrouded by rumor, myth and classified information. 

      During the presentation, held at the Pickens County Library on Thursday, May 18th, Dr. Mahaffey outlined the rise and fall of the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory that operated on part of a 10,000-acres tract in the Dawson Forest between 1957 and 1971. Today, ominous remains from the testing facility are still at the site – concrete foundations, an abandoned “hot cell” building, and a flooded underground control room. 

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Pot-bellied pig craze didn't die in the 90s

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     Pot-bellied pigs Bonnie and Clyde have been in the care of the Whittling family in Ball Ground for the last year after they were saved from the slaughterhouse. One local rescuer said pot-bellied pigs often end up unwanted because their owners don’t realize how large they get.  


If everything goes as planned, Bonnie and Clyde, a pair of pot-bellied pigs, will get a new home soon.  

“About a year ago my father-in-law got them from some friends who decided they didn’t want them anymore,” said Ball Ground resident Nicholas Whittling. “They were going to kill them and take them to the processing place and he didn’t want that. His health isn’t great anymore and he can’t care for them.” 

Fortunately, the Whittlings were recently contacted by a potential adoption family, but Nelson resident Victoria Bragg - potbelly pig rescuer and board member with Forgotten Angels Rescue & Education Center - said not all pigs are as lucky as Bonnie and Clyde. 

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Rep. Graves: Trump’s Budget Is Impressive And Honest


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, A New Foundation for American Greatness
“The president’s budget proposal is impressive. He’s keeping his campaign promises, and also being very honest with Americans about what it takes to balance the budget. Many decisions are hard, but the president has offered new ideas and a fresh approach to solve our nation’s greatest challenges. 

“The president’s vision includes major middle-income and business tax cuts, and a $1 trillion public-private plan for national infrastructure projects. These proposals would open up new opportunities and good jobs in communities across Georgia.

“I support the proposal to build upon our spending cuts and further reduce the size of many federal agencies. The president rightly wants to have fewer bureaucrats around to regulate our lives in order to free up funding for border security and the military.

“Congress has about four months to dig into the plan, debate the merits and respond with a final spending bill. I’m excited to work with the president and his team to do big things and empower Americans to achieve their dreams.”

Public input sought about possible school starting times


Submitted by Dr. Carlton Wilson, Pickens County Schools Superintendent


The Pickens County School District is reviewing school times for the 2017-2018 school year. We would like public input for this decision.


Current School Start and End Times: 

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Observations on America from a slow trip across nation

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Gary Pichon, at almost 70 years old,  completed a bicycle ride across the country. This week he passes along his observations on the nation garnered from the sights and conversations with people along the route.

By Gary Pichon


Well I finally did the big ride, coast to coast on a bicycle just short of my 70th birthday. 3,000 miles is a distance you notice. I had a great time for 52 days. Got up, drank coffee, grabbed something to eat and then got on the bicycle and rode between 50 and 90 miles. Then  drank a beer and ate supper.  Back to bed, usually in a tent.  And then got up and repeated. A  very simple life.

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