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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.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play for Stage Opens this week



    On the Air:  L-R, Steve Lewis, Brigid Douglass, Patrick Hall, Jordan Merrill (hidden), Jessi Griffin, Dezarea Brown, Keith Galligan, Jacob Clark.

By Pat Jewell
Tater Patch Players
    It’s Christmas Eve, 1945, in Bedford Falls, New York.
    Uncle Billy has lost an $8,000 deposit at Henry Potter’s bank. The deposit was for The Bailey Building and Loan.  George Bailey runs the Building and Loan and is devastated by the loss. He goes to Mr. Potter for a loan, but is not only is he declined, he is reported to the authorities for mismanagement of customers’ funds. In an

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.