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Pickens High School fall sports preview


Damon Howell / Photo

The Pickens varsity Dragons scrimmaged the Denmark Danes last Friday with a 21-28 loss at half-time. JV teams played the second half of the night, pulling out a win of 18-12. The 2018 football season officially opens this Friday at home against the Stone Mountain Pirates. 

Kick off is at 7:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome to come out to Dragon Stadium to support the team. Pictured is Michael Burrell sweeping around a Dane defender. 

     As the students roll back into the school routine and summer draws to an end, it marks the time for fall sports to get under way at Pickens High School. There are over 200 student athletes competing in fall sports in 2018, each hoping to contribute to an athletics program that has seen participation steadily rise over the last decade. The fall sports offered at PHS Football, Softball, Cross-Country, Cheerleading, and Volleyball. Over the course of this fall the Progress will be following each of the teams as they compete. Here is an overview of each team and the season to come.

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Don’t kill non-venomous snakes; watch out for the bad ones

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     “Snake Master” Steve Scruggs and his wife look on as kids handle two corn snakes during the Bargain Barn’s snake presentation Saturday.


Steve Scruggs, “the snake master,” entertained, educated and possibly frightened a few at the Bargain Barn Saturday with his collection of rattlers, copperheads and a big nasty cotton-mouth.

Scruggs’ presentation, sponsored by Rocky Boots and the Bargain Barn, Highway 515 in Jasper, drew a packed crowd who heard a mixture of snake facts and practical information on serpents  mixed in with Scrugg’s stories and general views on the outdoors.

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Veterans Memorial Park dedicated

front looking at brick 640 bricks were ordered to honor individual veterans

By Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer


It took two attempts and more than three years of hard work but the Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park has been dedicated. With a gathering estimated to be between 500 and 600, the members of the Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park Association (PCVMPA) held an impressive ceremony Thursday.

The park project came about by the desire of several residents wanting to honor those who served in our armed forces not just those that gave their lives in service. Pickens County has the largest percentage of residents that are veterans of any county in the United States. Twelve  percent of our residents have served. 

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RV fire takes life of popular Jasper McDonald’s employee

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One of her co-workers described Glenda Wilson as "...the funniest, happiest person I have ever met."


By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer


A memorial service was held last Friday, August 10th, for a Ball Ground woman and Jasper McDonald's restaurant employee who died in a tragic accident on Sunday, July 29th, in Bartow County.

The ceremony, held at the Gospel Outreach Church on Mineral Springs Road in Ball Ground, celebrated the life of 56-year-old Glenda Wilson, a long-time McDonald's employee who perished in a fire. According to the Bartow County Sheriff's Department, Wilson died in the fire which apparently started in the engine of an older model recreational vehicle she had recently purchased. 

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Businesses urged to watch for “funny money”

funny money

photo/Jasper Police Department

This is one of the fake $20 bills a local business accepted in a transaction. Note the word “replica” (Circled in picture). Businesses are asked to call authorities if they receive a bill like this.


There haven’t been huge quantities collected, but the Jasper Police Department is asking businesses to be on the watch for fake money that turned up at a local bank this week. 

The fake money, which JPD Lt. Matt Dawkins said is “funny money” or movie money used on movie sets, was accepted by two local businesses who tried to deposit it at a Jasper bank. 

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