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Daffodil, Narcissus, Jonquil, March Flower - What’s in a name?

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By Dee Boggus

Pickens County Master Gardener


Daffodils are some of the easiest and most dependable flowers to cultivate in your garden and are readily available for purchase in our area. Because they are also environmentally adaptable, daffodils are ideal plants for the beginning gardener in our locale. The flower that we call daffodil is actually a perennial herbaceous bulb of the genus Narcissus. The two names are interchangeable. Narcissus is the Latin or botanical name for all daffodils and daffodil is the common name for all members of the genus Narcissus.

Read more: Daffodil, Narcissus, Jonquil, March Flower - What’s in a name?

Pilot dies in helicopter crash

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Angela Reinhardt / Photo Pickens County Sheriff’s Capt. April Killian of the Criminal Investigation Division documents the helicopter crash in Talking Rock Tuesday. The site is located alongside a stretch of large power lines where the pilot was trimming trees.


[Story Updated Wednesdsay, March 6 at 9:50 a.m.]

        A helicopter that was trimming trees in Talking Rock Tuesday, March 5 crashed in the woods off Ellijay Road. The pilot, Johnny Kent, was air lifted to Grady Memorial Hospital and died as a result of his injuries at 5:44 p.m. that day 

There were no other parties inside the aircraft at the time of the accident. A witness at the scene said the pilot appeared to be conscious when he was  being assisted by emergency workers, before he was sent to Atlanta.

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Breakfast challenge: Schools want to increase breakfast program


            Did you know your child can eat a hot breakfast at school every day of the week? And that if your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, the same benefits apply to breakfast and they can eat at the free/reduced rate for both meals each school day?  

Pickens County Schools Nutrition Director Beth Thompson is gearing up for the 

Atlanta Community Food Bank Breakfast Challenge to highlight the breakfast program, increase breakfast participation, and provide students with the nutrition necessary to perform at their best in the classroom. Studies show a strong correlation between eating breakfast and better school performance among children.

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Unconstitutional for "sexually dangerous predators" to be on lifelong monitoring, rules Supreme Court


Please note:Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at


PARK V. THE STATE(S18A1211)           

The Supreme Court of Georgia has struck down as unconstitutional the statutory requirement that “sexually dangerous predators” who have completed their sentences remain on electronic monitoring for the rest of their lives.

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Tourism up, but can you trust the numbers?




On May 9th, 2017 the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced that Georgia’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $61.1 billion in business sales in 2016, up 3.5 percent over the previous year and 34 percent higher than its pre-recession level in 2008.

Visitor spending was estimated at $3.2 billion in state and local tax revenues. 

The state department gets its data from the U.S. Travel Association, which they pay to conduct annual Travel Economic Impact studies for Georgia. This study presents estimates of travel and its economic impact on Georgia at the state, region and county levels. 

Read more: Tourism up, but can you trust the numbers?