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Voters go to polls Tuesday

Early voting turnout slows
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    Although it got off to a hot start, the elections office reported late Tuesday that those choosing to cast ballots early had slowed drastically for the May 24th Primary.
    Friday will be the last day to cast your ballot early before voters here and across Georgia head to the polls, next Tuesday.

Pickens’ buses safest in state

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    Pickens Schools Bus Shop & Fleet Supervisor Tracy Allday, right, with his trusted team of technicians. Pictured are (l to r) Nathan Hamby, Joel Collis and Shane Chadwick, with Allday.

    Pickens parents who send their children to school on a bus can rest assured they’re in good hands, because the local system was the top ranking bus fleet in terms of safety in Georgia this year.
    “This is a great accomplishment,” Pickens Schools Director of Maintenance and Operations Stacey Gilleland told the school board at their recent meeting, May 12th.

Opioid epidemic in N. Ga. prompts congressman to offer resource guide for families

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     Congressman Collins shared a comprehensive addiction resources toolkit to help families in the Ninth District of Georgia and across the state to address the issues associated with opioid addiction. The guide is now available through the Congressman’s district office in Gainesville, and on the Congressman’s website.

McDonald's facelift inside and out

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Hold the mayo - Renovations to completely update the interior and exterior of the Jasper McDonald’s are expected to last four weeks.

    An Egg McMuffin will have to wait a few weeks at your local Jasper McDonald’s. The long anticipated construction began early Monday morning as the facility was surrounded by contractors and equipment. This landmark local gathering spot was originally constructed in 1989 and has received several renovations during its tenure as a hub for the community and supporter of local athletics, clubs, scout troops, and churches. 

Only 2 schools here beat state average on annual assessment

First year Georgia Milestones scores used in CCRPI

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                 Pickens’ CCRPI scores. See explanation of categories at the end of the article.

      Earlier this month the Georgia Department of Education released annual assessment numbers for all schools in the state, and while all but two Pickens schools scored below the state average the director of teaching and learning said the assessment is new and scores should improve as the system adjusts.
    See full story including comments from school officials in this week's print or online editions.