Drive up testing at the North Georgia Health District’s pop-up COVID-19 testing last week at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. While hosted by the Georgia Department of Public Health, several local agencies including the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, the Pickens County government, and Pickens County emergency services were also on site.
According to North Georgia Health District Public Information Officer Jennifer King, 37 people were tested at Mt. Zion Baptist Church last Wednesday, May 6 during a pop-up COVID-19 testing initiative of the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Another pop-up test was held at the same location the following Wednesday, May 13 just after press time.
“We want to make testing as accessible and easy for people as possible,” King said, “and break down those barriers and get people tested. The best part about this is these are free to the public, which is not the case if you have these tests done other places.”
“This pandemic has interrupted your year, but it has not overshadowed your accomplishments,” PHS principal tells seniors
Blake Moss / Photo
Most students spend their entire school career dreaming of their senior prom, and many do their dress and suit shopping months prior to the date of prom itself. One couple, PHS seniors Shannon Johnson and Zak Price, still had their photo shoot and spent the day together, but with extra precautions of course. Now school administrators are working to salvage graduation plans and say prom is not totally off the table for discussion.
The Pickens High School Class of 2020 will have a virtual ceremony broadcast on Friday, May 29th, a week after the originally-scheduled graduation. Additionally, PHS Principal Chris Wallace said “our hope and prayer is to have the opportunity to provide an in-person, traditional graduation ceremony in our stadium at a later date.”
A survey to graduates and parents found both preferred a virtual ceremony now with the hope of getting an in-person ceremony later, Wallace said. The approximately 300 seniors of the Class of 2020 began signing up Monday for individual time slots next week for their ceremony. At their appointed times, graduates who choose to participate will walk across the
To get ready for the June 9th primary election, the Progress will present information on the candidates in the many races. Beginning this week you can find information on the candidates seeking both the open seats in the U.S. Congress (9th and 14th districts) that represent Pickens County on Page 8A.
Next week (May. 14), we start with local candidates, featuring a question and answer with those running for sheriff and school board. Then on May 21, we will feature those in the race for commission chair and tax commissioner.
Also look for a sample ballot in next week’s edition with early voting starting on May 18th, ahead of the June 9th election.
For Pickens and other counties, open burning of yard and land-clearing debris is prohibited
From Ga. Forestry
Georgia's annual ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 47 counties. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) puts the restrictions in place during the summer months, when increases in ground level ozone may create health risks.
For seven counties that are normally included in the summer burn ban, restrictions will be activated on June 1, giving them extra time to clear vegetative debris from April storms. Those counties are Banks, Catoosa, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Upson and Walker.
"From May until September 1, open burning of yard and land-clearing debris is prohibited in some counties where particulate matter pollutants and chemicals from smoke are more likely to combine with emissions from vehicles and industrial activities," said Frank Sorrells, Chief of Protection for the Georgia Forestry Commission. "That's more likely to occur
By Johnathan Ray
North Georgia Community Action, Inc.
I wanted to let you all know that we will begin phasing in essential MATS transportation services beginning Monday, May 4th.
We will be limiting transit services to prescription refill trips, dialysis appointments and individuals needing access to finances, particularly the need to cash social security checks or stimulus checks to ensure they have adequate funds on hand for bills and other necessary expenses.
We feel that with the shelter in place order being lifted that some caretakers or community volunteers may have to return to their place of work and we want to be available for these essential type trips should an individual need the service.
To comply with social distancing measures under Phase I of the CDC guidelines, we will be limiting transportation to no