Your guide to Tuesday’s primary


In an effort to bring you all the information on the candidates up for seats in Tuesday’s primaries, FYN has compiled a list of stories, videos and pictures from the races beginnings to now. Please take the time to educate yourself about who is running in your district before voting Tuesday. (more…)

School Board Responds to Questions

Featured Stories, News

Pickens County seems to have gone viral after the creation of the website The controversial website appears to channel the voices of dissent over the school systems alleged problems into an anonymous forum. FYN has been hearing rumors of intimidation, ethics violations and fund misuse for months with no solid leads. (more…)

“Rivers in the Desert” a success for the Joy House

Community, Featured Stories

“Rivers in the Desert” was the theme for this year’s Joy House annual banquet as can be seen on the picture above as well as the original artwork for the stage created by Joy House employees and clients. The theme is derivative of

Isaiah 43:19: “I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”


Who is Wendy Lowe?

Featured Stories, Politics

FYN will be running a series of interviews with local candidates from the county commissioners and school board races. Each interview will be published separately and run again before the primary elections May 20.

Wendy Lowe, Incumbent, Pickens County School Board Post 2

School Board plans for water line improvement at HCES

Dragon's Corner, Featured Stories, News

Sometimes repairing a problem before it becomes a problem is the right answer. The Pickens County School Board agreed with that thought today when they approved an intergovernmental agreement between the school district and the Pickens County Commissioners’ office. (more…)

Candidates Qualifying Period Ends With Surprises

Featured Stories, News, Politics

Pickens County Candidates for the 2014 elections had opportunity until 12 noon today to qualify for state and local races. A couple of surprises did occur in the 2.5 day process. Along with incumbents and an already anticipated county commission challenger, two additional challengers for school board seats did qualify during the period. (more…)

Pickens County Candidate Political Forum

Featured Stories, Politics

The Pickens County candidates who are seeking election/re-election were invited to a political forum last night at Chattahoochee Tech in Jasper by the Tea Party. Candidates for the school board and the board of commissioners all took part in the question/answer session followed by an audience question segment. (more…)

SACS gives Pickens Schools Stellar Review

Dragon's Corner, Featured Stories, News

SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) Lead Evaluator Mike Griffith said,

“It’s obvious you worked very hard”

when giving his overall assessment of the Pickens County School District’s efforts prior to the SACS team’s entrance into the equation. (more…)

BOE makes yearly appointments and awards contract to Perry

Dragon's Corner, Featured Stories

The Pickens County Board of Education met last week and, as would be expected, had their yearly nominations as well as extending a contract to Superintendent Lula Perry. (more…)

Technology Plans Downward Spiral Haunts School Board

Dragon's Corner, Featured Stories, News

A plethora of hold-ups, misjudgments and confusion has cast a cloud over the school board’s plans for internet and cellular improvements district-wide. The continued drama has now passed the year mark and an end doesn’t appear on the horizon. (more…)

Craig receives award from GSBA

Community, Dragon's Corner

The Pickens County School Board presented Sheriff Donnie Craig with the G.S.B.A.’s (Georgia School Board Association’s) Partnership Commendation. Board Chair Wendy Lowe read the proclamation to the assembled congregation outlining his contributions to the school system since his election in 2009. Those include providing school resource officers, participating in childrens charities and involvement in various school functions. Below, Craig is congratulated and thanked by Superintendent Dr. Lula Perry as Dr. Dan Fincher of the board looks on.


“Change for Teens” Program ready for 2013 holiday season

Community, Non Profit

The namesake of the donation program, “Change for Teens,” is both literal and figurative. The Joy House has honed the program for it’s second year of operation and is ready to roll out those tiny blue houses for donations. Change for Teens is a fund-drive for the Joy House program, collecting “change” through the holiday season to help them “change” the lives of those teens who enroll in their program. (more…)

BOE gives several awards, faces scrutiny

Dragon's Corner, Featured Stories

The Pickens County Board of Education held its monthly meeting Thursday night and recognized persons integral to the success of the school system in several areas, from students to teachers. (more…)

Pickens Schools Receive Accreditation

Dragon's Corner, Featured Stories

Accreditation honors were presented by Superintendent Dr. Lula Perry at last Thursday night’s school board meeting. All Pickens County schools received their certifications of accreditation. (more…)

Pickens School Board Adopts Budget, Millage

Dragon's Corner, Featured Stories

A tinge of reverence marked the Pickens County School Board meeting last night in an atmosphere of good news. At the beginning of the meeting, Board Chair Wendy Lowe lighted a candle that burned throughout the meeting in memoriam of those lost on September 11, 2001. (more…)

“Attendance Works” Provides Goal for Pickens Schools

Dragon's Corner, Featured Stories

Pickens County Schools are participating in an unusual competition. (more…)

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