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First Baptist of Ivy Gap now showing at Tater Patch

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The First Baptist Church of Ivy Gap bandage rollers for World War II pose for a happy church photo for the church's 75th anniversary celebration.


By Max Caylor                                                                                                                                                      

Progress contributor 


Six women come together with the purpose of rolling bandages for “their boys” during World War II but over a 25 year period move from superficial friends to being true sisters as they share with each other their hopes, fears and deepest secrets.

First Baptist of Ivy Gap is the latest production of the Tater Patch Community Theater Players which is a dramatic comedy written by Ron Osborne and locally directed by Stanley O’Kelly that helps one look at life with humor, drama, tragedy and reconciliation.

Ga. Supreme Court finds problem with county zoning process


Plaintiff’s attorney John Capo, whose office is in Jasper,  argues at the Georgia Supreme Court in February. Defense attorney Phil Friduss is seated behind Capo 

         The highest court in Georgia has made a unanimous ruling that could impact the way zoning decisions are handled in Pickens County. 

In the opinion released on June 4 in Hoechstetter et al. v. Pickens County et al., the Supreme Court of Georgia found the Pickens County Planning Commission does not provide adequate information about public hearing proceedings in their rezoning recommendation to the Pickens County Board of Commissioners, which makes the final decision on all rezoning requests. 

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Jasper on the hunt for leaks with 35 percent of water lost

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Schuyler Floyd, of Matchpoint, demonstrates how he detects leaks in the water line with a special sound device.

       Mid-morning, Thursday June 7th, a crew with Matchpoint, a water loss management company recently hired by the city of Jasper, was evaluating one of the larger leaks they found in the city’s water system. 

Muddy water gushed out of a hole in the ground and down the driveway of a Refuge Valley Road home. David Gunderson of Matchpoint said this leak was easily detectible because it was visible to the naked eye, but to find leaks in the system that can’t be seen they use special sonar equipment such as ground mics and headphones that allow them to “hear” those leaks in the lines. 

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Young Life: Good times and the Gospel

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Fun-filled activities at the week-long camp allowed kids to be kids and encouraged interaction between them and their leaders. Pictured from left: Ethan Morris, Pete Bryant, Andy Weaver, Young Life Leader Jeff Anderson, Ian Burdge and Lucas Headrick play tug-of-war.

Thirty students from Pickens High School and six of their Young Life leaders, traveled to Windy Gap, a Young Life camp in Weaverville, NC for the best week of their lives, June 3-9.  The campers and leaders kicked off the summer as they arrived at Windy Gap, located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.

During their week at camp, kids from Pickens County had the opportunity to experience high adventure activities such as the zip line, horseback riding, NasCarts, the high ropes course and mountain biking. These activities at camp allow kids to be kids and encourage interaction between them and their leaders.  

Knitting together a tapestry of fellowship, fun

Knitters, crocheters boast fellowship, fun while doing good here and across the world

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From bottom left to right: Sue Tate, Donna Garrison, Susannah Lyle, Brandi Dean, Emma Cox, Fran Smith, Nettie Corley and Sherry Maddox.

By Rosa Willis

Intern reporter


The Pickens County Yarner’s Club is a group that meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Pickens County Public Library to enjoy fellowship while working away at knitting, crocheting, embroidery and cross-stitch. The group welcomes anyone of any age to join. 

“Everyone is welcome. It doesn’t matter if you know how to work with yarn as long as you want to learn. Even if you just want to try, somebody here will help you,” group members say.