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Get original copies of the Progress


      The Progress has acquired archives of our old editions that were in better condition than ours. Due to storage limitation we are offering these second copies to the public. Each edition is $5, or you can purchase an entire book for $50. 

     The public can come by the office ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY ONLY, to go through the archives. Books avaliable are 1946-1962 misc. and 1963-1966; 1968-1983. There are no holds - first come first serve. 

Gennett Drive bridge will be out for several more months


      A road closed sign keeps motorists from reaching the bridge that washed out off Gennett Drive in March. Repairs are not expected for a few more months. 


The bridge on Gennett Drive that washed out earlier this year will remain closed at least until fall, with the project expected to be bid out at that time. 

The bridge was damaged from flooding this past March. According to Jasper City Manager Brandon Douglas, the city received $141,000 in emergency GDOT funding for the project and immediately hired a GDOT pre-qualified engineer to assist with design and construction drawings.  

Read more: Gennett Drive bridge will be out for several more months

Yeas and Nays — Planning commission approves storage buildings; denies rezoning for developer

   Planning commission Nguyen

     It would be a challenge for anyone to guess how the planning commission will react to proposed rezonings and Monday’s meeting was true to form with the seven-member appointed board green-lighting a new storage building location over residential opposition, while denying a residential rezoning for a large developer in west Pickens.

Up first at Monday’s meeting was RLF Talking Rock, which has seen another of their projects denied a rezoning recommendation recently. In this case, it was a technical but mostly straightforward request from the company.

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

Netflix series filming creates stir, prompts possible new ordinance in Jasper



 New signs have made some people think this building that’s been empty for years is now open, with officials saying a few passersby have pulled in to grab a bite. New signs have been installed here and at the motel across the street for filming of Netflix’s Pieces of Her, based on a book by the same name. 

     No, the new signs don’t mean the East Church Street building is now open to the public. The façade renovations are strictly for a Netflix series being filmed there and at the Budget Inn across the road for portions of three days through July 15. 

Since filming of Pieces of Her was announced, officials say they have been inundated with calls about the project, including people concerned about road closure and detours, and how it would impact businesses.

Read more: Netflix series filming creates stir, prompts possible new ordinance in Jasper

Jasper sidewalks back on radar; Parks, bathroom project moves ahead

sidewalk between walgreens and old tate

Damon Howell / Photo

Portions of the E. Church Street sidewalks are little better than a rocky path. The city has delayed work while the massive utility project is underway.

     It’s been about a year since Jasper council put their sidewalk project on hold, but they are revisiting it in anticipation of putting out a list of sidewalks for bids in September. 

     At their regular meeting July 5, City Manager Brandon Douglas said the sidewalk initiative was suspended in 2020 due to an extensive underground Georgia Power utilities project that would require ongoing construction and disturb right-of-ways. Pickens residents have likely noticed work in and around town for many months. Georgia Power crews and subcontractors have been digging up ground and installing underground lines along roadsides as part of their statewide Reliability Project.

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