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Child porn suspect commits suicide

   The Progress learned this morning that the Pickens man charged with possession of child pornography last week committed suicide over the weekend at a Marietta hotel with a gunshot. Thomas Hernandez was released from the Pickens jail on July 17th on a $15,000 bond.

 

  Captain Sherman McEntire with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they were notified by the Marietta Police to deliver a death notification to the family Saturday, July 19.

DQ blaze investigation awaits state fire marshal

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    The still standing structure of Jasper’s Dairy Queen, which caught fire last Tuesday. Portions of the structure have been boarded up as construction workers wait to see what will come next for the building.
   

     The state fire marshal is expected to make a second trip to the Dairy Queen site on East Church Street later this week to further investigate the cause of the blaze that destroyed the landmark restaurant dating from the late 1950s.

Sea Dragons finish high on podium at state

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     On Friday, June Phang, 10, became the first swimmer from Pickens County to win a state championship. Phang took first in the 25 yard breast-stroke in the 10-and-under category at the state meet in Tifton with a time of 17.30 seconds. She also finished second in the 100 yard individual medley.


    The next day, her brother, Terry Phang, 14, became the second state champion from the SeaDragons. Phang took first in the 100 yard individual medley (IM) with a time of 1 minute, 4.28 seconds. He also took second in the 50-yard breast stroke.

Boys & Girls Club closer to groundbreaking

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    Leaders from the Boys & Girls Club of Pickens County stand beside an artist rendering of their new Youth Center to be built at Roper Park. B&G needs $500,000 to break ground after already raising $1.7 Million to serve pre-teens and teens through the center. The B&G leaders at Rotary Club are: Michele Brackin, B&G executive director; Don Russell, B&G founder; and Ron Thompson, past board chair.

By Max Caylor
Boys & Girls Club publicity

     “The teens of Pickens County need a place of hope where they can experience life enhancing programs and develop academically,” stated Boys & Girls Club founder Don Russell speaking to Rotarians. Teens would have their own area in the Boys & Girls Club new $2.3 million facility at Roper Park with land donated by the county.

Mother and daughter killed in car wreck

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A tragic accident Monday claimed the life of the Pickens mother and daughter.
    Photo from Tiffany Allen-Stephens Facebook
Progress staff reports
[Additional reporting from Mark Millican, Ellijay Times Courier]

    A Pickens County mother and daughter were killed Monday morning in a tragic wreck on Highway 515 about three miles south of Ellijay as the 16-year-old was driving her mother to work.