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Pickens resident, inventor, honored with top Georgia Bio award

Dr. Richard Hillstead recognized for impact in medical industry



Dr. Richard Hillstead, who is now semi-retired from the medical device industry, at the Georgia Bio Helix Awards in Atlanta where he received the Georgia Bio Industry Growth Award. 

He moved to Jasper from Suwanee, Ga. two years ago with his wife. He has two daughters. In his free time, Hillstead enjoys restoring electric guitars, hunting, and fishing.  


Dr. Richard Hillstead Ph.D, FAHA said that while he is humbled to be one of two recipients of the prestigious 2019 Georgia Bio Industry Growth Award, he isn’t sure he belongs with other heavy hitters who have received the life science trade association’s highest honor.

       But a look at Hillstead’s achievements over the course of his long and impressive career in the medical device industry shows that the entrepreneur, investor and inventor is exactly where he should be - rubbing elbows with people who have made a big impact in the field. 


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Love stories are like snowflakes -- each is unique


        Love stories are all different, with their own special “something” that makes each a one-of-a-kind. 

Did the happy couple meet by accident in a far-away city? Were they set up by friends? Did they meet in modern-day ways, online? 

For Valentine’s Day this Thursday, the Progress asked our readers to submit their love stories to get us in the mood for the most romantic day of the year, and keep us inspired all year long. 

        See page 5A in the print or online editions for reader-submitted love stories. 

2019 STAR finalists announced

Star Group

photo/Kyle Frantz Photography

2019 STAR finalists (l-r students seated/teachers standing behind them) student Katherine Densmore & teacher Kanyon Petti, Tyler Westbrook & Christine Westbrook, Thomas Pinson & Ginger Rizoti, Emily Robinson & Wil Nix, Dale Smith & Kathy Daymude, Bethany Carver & Ted Estes, Rosemary Willis & Christi Hobgood, Miles Gregg & Keith Petty, Olivia Fountain & Angela Quarles, Emma DiPuma & Jolain Brownell.

Submitted by Reeder Burch

Jasper Optimist Club

The Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the STAR program (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) is pleased to recognize the 2019 PHS STAR finalists.

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Massive Hwy. 53 project “looking hopeful”

Hwy 53 at Ingles

     Road project bids may happen in 2020 - After being on the drawing board for more than 20 years, the main route leading from the four-lane to downtown Jasper may see widening, new construction, and a one-way section in the next few years.

     A Georgia DOT project to widen and reconstruct Highway 53 from Highway 515 into downtown Jasper that has been on the state’s books for two decades appears to be moving forward, with it anticipated to be let for bids in late 2020.  

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

Rep. Rick Jasperse named chairman of House Education Committee


       The Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments named State Representative Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper) as the Chairman of the House Education Committee.  Rep. Jasperse will also serve as a member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, Health, Human Relations & Aging, Public Safety & Homeland Security, Regulated Industries, Higher Education, and Agriculture committees. 

“I am very honored to be the Chairman of a committee that touches every Georgian in so many ways. During my time in the Legislature I have worked hard to be on committees that are important to the people I

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