The Pickens team will begin state tournament play this week.
Congratulations to the 8U girls All-Star team! They are going to the state tournament in Eastman, Ga., starting July 7. Best of luck to these girls who have worked so hard.
Team members: Sarah Parks, Adeline Fitts, Caroline Carver, Beverly Crouse, Jayd Hamby, Kayla Jones, Brooke Taylor, Sarah Morris, Payton Green, Morgan Krastes, Ashtyn Jones, Madelyn Elrod and Kensley Essig.
Coaches: Matthew Parks, Trent Green, Sandy Essig, Kevin Jones, Frank Morris and Alex Jordan.
A special thank you to all the sponsors.
From the parade to the rides, to the entertainment, the Independence Day celebration in Jasper went well throughout the holiday weekend.
The sponsoring Lions Club reported solid attendance at all events.
Lion Mark Miller said they had been a little worried that Monday events on July 4th might see smaller than normal crowds due to the numerous activities here and in surrounding areas the weekend leading up to the main events on Monday.
But Miller said they saw good numbers at all the activities including jam-packed streets in Jasper for the opening parade.
Above, even Elvis was sighted having his hair done during the parade. See more parade photos from the Progress staff.
Georgia, July 5- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57/g, according to gasoline price website GeorgiaGasPrices.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 87.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 15.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 19.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 84.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
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As the summer heats up, we often run to our favorite swimming hole for some relief. But experts say when we swim in lakes, rivers and streams we need to be aware that no matter how clean the water may appear, "Recreational Water Illnesses" like E. coli are always a threat.
After the family of a 10-month-old Pickens boy told us he contracted the E. coli bacteria at a Gordon County lake, we spoke with local health and environmental professionals to get some insight into ways we can keep our families safe this swimming season. See complete story in this week's print edition. Now on sale at convenience stores throughout the area.