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Person shot at Home Depot


   A large area at the rear of the Home Depot parking lot has been roped off where a shooting occurred the afternoon of June 11. The GBI has been called in to assist with investigations. 


            Jasper officials have confirmed a shooting in the parking lot at Home Depot in Jasper at approximately 3 p.m. on Friday, June 11. 

            Few details are available at this very early stage in the investigation, but according to Jasper's Asst. Police Chief Matt Dawkins two people were involved in the incident and at least one person was shot and injured. No officers were involved. A large area of the Home Depot parking lot where the shooting occurred has been taped off for investigations. 

            The GBI arrived on the scene just before 4:30 p.m. to assist. Asst. Chief Dawkins said the GBI will release more details as they are available.  

Sign up to be in the 2021 Independence Day parade


     No hometown Independence Day celebration would be complete without a parade on Main Street.  This year’s celebration is one of many things we missed last year, so this year’s theme is “Celebrating America….Together Again!”  

All are invited to participate in the parade, to be held on Saturday, July 3 at 1 p.m. (note the change of time from previous years) — simply fill out this application, including fees, and mail to:  Jasper Lions Club Parade Committee, PO Box 1088, Jasper, GA 30143. Contact 706-253-LION or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information. Application found in this week's edition of the Progress. 

“He was the first victim, not a criminal,” says sister of man arrested in phone scam

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     David Bramblette did not understand what he had gotten into, says sister Brenda of the phone scams he is accused of taking part in. They are shown at a birthday party several years ago.

       The sister of the Refuge Road man arrested for involvement in an international phone scam in May said her brother suffered with mental limitations and did not have the ability to understand what he had gotten into. This view was seconded by a longtime local business owner who also knew David Bramblette.

Brenda Bramblette said her brother, David, 63, was first tricked out of all of his money and then tricked again to helping the people who had swindled him.

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

34 percent of Pickens has at least one COVID shot



Approximately 34 percent of Pickens County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of June 7th, according to figures released by the North Georgia Health District (NGHD).

The NGHD reported Monday that 10,792 Pickens residents have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine - 34 percent of the population - and 9,861 people - or 31 percent - are fully vaccinated. Those figures are well behind the state’s overall percentage of 41 percent with at least one dose and 34 percent  who are fully vaccinated.

There are 32,591 Pickens residents, according to the latest available figures from 2019 from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Read more: 34 percent of Pickens has at least one COVID shot