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Veterans Memorial park moving along


Work at the veterans park located at Lee Newton Park is moving along. Memorial bricks to be laid at the park can be purchased for $125. Learn more at

Submitted by Frank Leist, 

President/Chair of the

Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park, Inc.


Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park, Inc. (PCVMP) is moving along with some of the weather clearing up this month.  They say, “Three days rain will empty any sky.” Okay, so isn’t always true. But consider, we live in Georgia. We are moving forward, our flagpole has been installed and when the rain breaks the brick work for the monument for our branches of services will be installed next. So, continue to hope for clear weather in the coming weeks and our veteran’s memorial will be completed.

Health Fair April 28th

It’s A Real Bargain: It’s FREE!



The Jasper Lions Club, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, and Georgia Mountains Hospice announce the 2018 Health Fair to be held Saturday, April 28 from 7 AM to 11 AM at Chattahoochee Technical College (Appalachian Campus) at 100 Campus Dr. in Jasper.

   Free screenings include: Hearing, Vision, Scoliosis. EKG, Height/Weight, Pulse, OX and Women’s Wellness Screenings. Sports Physicals will be done for PHS athletes. Blood Profiles will be done for $25.00 and Men’s PSA for $10.00. Those are greatly reduced prices. Come early as there is a limit on the number of tests done.

Progress to host May candidate forum



        The Pickens County Progress will host a forum on Thursday, May 3rd that will include candidates from all three local races. 

Residents are invited to come with their questions and ask about issues that matter to them. 

Local races, to be decided in the May 22nd primary, are: 

• West end (District 1) Commissioner: Jerry Barnes (Incumbent, (R), Amberle Johnson Godfrey (R), Bart Connelley (R). You must live in District 1 to vote in this race.

• School Board (Post 3): Byron Long (Incumbent, R) and Tucker Green (R). Candidates for school board must live in their district, but are elected county-wide. 

School board presents information on senior tax exemption


 See entire PowerPoint presentation here



       School Board Chair Daniel Bell said he liked data, as he welcomed the public on April 17th to a forum looking at the economics/trends involving the senior tax exemption issue.

        Bell’s fondness for data, including, statistics, projections, graphs and demographic studies became evident as he presented a lengthy and detailed breakdown of the trends shaping north Georgia and how that could affect school finances. Bell began by noting that the school board, all five were present, had agreed prior to the meeting to waive their meeting pay and he had paid for the room out of his pocket to avoid any political impropriety.

Challenges of finding good employees discussed

       employer panel

A Workforce Needs Assessment panel discussion at Chattahoochee Tech let local HR people talk about the challenges of recruiting. A moderator from the Carl Vincent Institute looks on as (l-r) Joseph Simmons of Piedmont Mountainside; Keri Streicher, Royston; Lewis Williams of QSR; Judy Fowler, Amicalola EMC and Debbie Underkoffler, N. Ga. Staffing, discuss the issue.

       It’s a worker’s world when it comes to hiring and firing, according to a panel discussion as part of a workforce needs assessment at Chattahoochee Tech on April 13th.

Personnel directors at several of the largest local companies, and a staffing agency, all say that employers must do more to recruit employees and be more “flexible” when it comes to standards. The group was speaking as part of a Pickens County Needs Assessment conducted by Carl Vincent Institute of Government and hosted by Chattahoochee Tech as they look at what class offerings and other services the school should offer.

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