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Breakfast challenge: Schools want to increase breakfast program


            Did you know your child can eat a hot breakfast at school every day of the week? And that if your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, the same benefits apply to breakfast and they can eat at the free/reduced rate for both meals each school day?  

Pickens County Schools Nutrition Director Beth Thompson is gearing up for the 

Atlanta Community Food Bank Breakfast Challenge to highlight the breakfast program, increase breakfast participation, and provide students with the nutrition necessary to perform at their best in the classroom. Studies show a strong correlation between eating breakfast and better school performance among children.

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Tourism up, but can you trust the numbers?




On May 9th, 2017 the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced that Georgia’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $61.1 billion in business sales in 2016, up 3.5 percent over the previous year and 34 percent higher than its pre-recession level in 2008.

Visitor spending was estimated at $3.2 billion in state and local tax revenues. 

The state department gets its data from the U.S. Travel Association, which they pay to conduct annual Travel Economic Impact studies for Georgia. This study presents estimates of travel and its economic impact on Georgia at the state, region and county levels. 

Read more: Tourism up, but can you trust the numbers? 

Community Bank of Pickens County names Ryan Keeter president

Ryan Keeter, a 19-year career employee, succeeds President and CEO John Trammell 



The Board of Directors of Community Bank of Pickens County announces the promotion of Ryan Keeter to president. Keeter, an employee of the bank since its inception in 2000, began his career as a loan officer and most recently served as chief credit officer and executive vice president. Ryan was elected to serve on the Board in January 2018.  

“Ryan Keeter has the deep experience and caliber to lead this institution,” said Board Member Phillip Landrum, III.

Read more: Community Bank of Pickens County names Ryan Keeter president 

More hunting ethics questions raised after deer dumping



Last week, the Progress reported that multiple deer carcasses had been illegally dumped on a road behind the commercial area off Highway 515 – a problem spot for animal carcass dumping in the county. 

After the article was published, a nearby resident who has complained about deer carcass dumping on the same road in the past called the Progress and weighed in on the gravity of the situation. The man, who wished to remain anonymous because of potential backlash, said he had personally counted 138 deer carcasses on the road in the last four years.

Read more: More hunting ethics questions raised after deer dumping

Taxi passenger found with drugs, gun, money

money and meth

Pickens Sheriff’s Office / Photo

Meth, Xanax, marijuana, a firearm and a load of cash were seized at the traffic stop.


     In what is possibly the first traffic stop of a taxi in Pickens County, a deputy found the passenger in possession of drugs, scales commonly used for selling drugs, a handgun, two knives and $1,432 in cash Feb. 23.

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