JASPER, Ga. — On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Pickens Family Connection Collaborative hosted approximately 50 participants from local and state agencies gathered to learn about the progress and future of Pickens County Board of Education from Dr. Carlton Wilson, Superintendent of Pickens County Schools.
Dr. Wilson captivated the crowd in true educator style with his opening presentation in which he read “14 Cows to America” written by Carmen Agra Deedy. The book is a heart breaking tale about international compassion after the fall of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. He then provided outstanding information about the school system.
Statistics at a Glance
100% debt free!
The largest employer in Pickens County with over 600 employees. 350 plus certified and an additional 75% hold advanced degrees.
4,476 students in 350 Classrooms.
94.2% graduation rate. 14th best in the state of Georgia!
18 sports with 154 teams.
Over 3,000 miles driven by buses each day.
Cafeteria served over 65 pounds of chicken, 200,000 pounds of fruit and 675,000 half pint milks last year.
Dr. Wilson believes that education is more than teaching lessons. “We are in the business of raising children. I want the community involved and connected.” Pickens is a busy county! For Dr. Wilson, this includes not only academics, but each child’s overall welfare. The county was awarded a planning grant for the inclusion of mini-clinics within each school that will serve as primary healthcare for students and staff. A partnership has also been established with Highlands River to provide on campus behavioral assistance to our students. The goals of the Board of Education extend beyond employees. The school system is always looking for passionate volunteers and mentors. Our children deserve your support! Contact Pickens County Board of Education at (706) 253-1700 to find out how you can volunteer. Dr. Wilson would also like to remind parents that “School’s In! Don’t Be Out!”
Our Family Connection collaborative brings community partners together to develop, implement, and evaluate plans that address the serious challenges facing Georgia’s children and families. Our success is our partners’ success – we bring them together, they develop and implement the strategies. Our most important partners are the families whose children are being served.
The next Pickens Family Connection Collaborative meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. September 13, 2017, at the Pickens County Government Offices. To learn more about PFC, contact Jacque Elwarner, Coordinator, at 706-253-2319 or visit our website. We look forward to seeing you in September!
Jasper, GA – The Georgia Mountain Regional Commission (GMRC) Contract was number four on the Board of Commissioners Work Session agenda this month.
The contract proposed working with other communities to receive new and updated aerial photography of Pickens County. The cost of obtaining the new photos would be $17,875.53. This would be part of our budget submitted for the year.
Included in the contract would be an acquisition of Lidar at $5,000. This would allow visual elevation models of every square inch of our county. Grants are available through GMRC and depending on how many are received the cost could become minimal.
All federal, state, and private agencies rely on the use of Lidar for incidents such as flooding, new constructions, and road work. Georgia Mountain Regional Commission views it as very beneficial to our community.
The county’s flood insurance stated if we obtain a Lidar of the county, we could receive current flood maps.
If the contract is approved at the next Board of Commissioners meeting, then citizens will be able to see current photography of Pickens county in January, 2018.
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For more information and for the application for Youth Leadership in Pickens visit the Pickens County Chamber site.
Wednesday, June 28, Thomas Marlow had his first court appearance in Pickens County.
Judge Alan Morris set his bond at $100,000, cash only, and made the statement to Marlow:
“Leaving the scene of an accident shows you are not willing to stick around and makes you a flight risk.”
He will be applying for an attorney and will have to show proof that he isn’t a flight risk to consider his bond being lowered. Depending on paperwork, he may have a court date set in September.
Following the appearance, FYN spoke with Kim Fitts, daughter of the victim, Craig Wooten. When she was asked about her father’s condition and how she felt the court appearance went, she stated:
His surgery went as good as it could have went and should be able to go home at the first of next week. His goal is to be able to get back on his Harley. I believe in the justice system and feel like things went how they should today. We appreciate the community’s support.
Fetch Your News will be following this case as it progresses.
Fetch Your News is a hyper local news outlet that covers Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Union, Towns and Murray counties as well as Cherokee County in N.C. If you would like to follow up-to-date local events in any of those counties, please visit us at www.fetchyournews.com