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Schools’ Milestones scores a mixed bag

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     Georgia Milestones scores from the 2015-2016 school year have been released by the Georgia Department of Education. The good news is Pickens’ scores improved over the previous year, but local results are hit and miss when it comes to meeting the state average.
     See full story in this week's print and online editions, including comments from the school board chair and the director of learning.

More details emerge in bizarre murder-for-hire case

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Morgan Miles Morris

     Seventeen-year-old Pickens High student Morgan Miles Morris was arrested August 16th after meeting an undercover officer posing as a potential assassin to negotiate the murder of two PHS students.
     Morris is being charged as an adult with Criminal Solicitation to Commit Murder. He remained in jail with no bond set at press time. A mental evaluation has been ordered for him.

See full story, including comments from the head of the criminal investigation division, in this week's print or online edition.

UPDATE: Murder-for-hire plot results in arrest of PHS student; sheriff, school system release statements

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 Morgan Miles Morris

      The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the Pickens County School System have released statements (see both below) about the arrest of PHS student Morgan Miles Morris, 17, who plotted to have two other students and their families killed.

          According to Pickens Sheriff’s Capt. Kris Stancil, Morris offered an undercover officer $12,000 during a telephone conversation, and in a later in-person meeting with the officer attempted to negotiate a lower amount. During negotiations, Morris offered details about how he wanted the murders carried out.

$1 million suit filed over PHS b-ball team

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     John Curry, Pickens resident and father of a former PHS student, has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Pickens County School System, alleging administrators have “maliciously ignored reports and complaints” about the boys’ basketball program.

See full story in this week's print or online edition.

Head Start cuts back classes

Parents under the gun to find options for their children

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    Parents of students attending Head Start in Tate last week received a letter saying  classes would be canceled on Thursdays and Fridays until October 1, resulting in almost two months of shortened weeks for students and teachers. The move left many parents searching for places to  care for their children while they work.
    According to a letter from Kay Laws, Head Start Director for Ninth District Opportunity which controls the Tate-based location of Head Start, she said when notice of funding was received, “the amount was dramatically