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CANCELLED -- Otis Nixon autograph signing

     Money raised will go to local little league teamsotisnixon

Update: The Progress received word after press time that this event has been cancelled.    


[Update: The director of the Pickens County Recreation Department called the Progress and wanted it noted that this not an event they are associated with.]


Most everyone remembers Otis Nixon’s game saving catch in 1992. Now, over 20 years later, the former Atlanta Braves superstar wants to help local little leaguers dream the big dreams and reach their goals.
    Nixon will be at the Jasper WalMart this Friday, June 28 from noon to 3 p.m. signing autographs and raising money that will go back to little league teams in the Pickens community. Children or adults can purchase baseballs from Walmart for Nixon to sign and they will receive a free autographed Otis Nixon picture. Larger pictures will also be available for sale for $10 or you can bring in your own balls, bats or other gear, make a donation and get an autograph. 



    “I’m from a low-income family in North Carolina,” Nixon, who now lives in Ranger, said in a telephone interview. “I want to give back to the little league community, especially in rural communities. Equipment, uniforms, all of that is expensive. I’ve been doing this for all my life, raising money through golf tournaments and other things.  You never know where the next major league player is going to come from.”
    Money raised at the event will go through Nixon’s 501(c) 3, The Otis Nixon Foundation, and be redistributed locally to two little league teams that win the drawing. Local little league coaches who would like their team to be entered into the drawing can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-877-531-5558. Free hot dogs will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis.
    Nixon is also organizing a free one-day clinic for Pickens little league teams that will feature Major League players such as John Rocker, free food and more. Details about the event will be released as they become available.
    “I want to do this in the next 60 days before the baseball season is over,” Nixon said, who has plans to host the free clinic in Gordon County and others as well. “We are going to invite all the teams out and feed the little guys and have a good time.”
    Learn more about The Nixon Foundation at

After 17 years, Main Street Clothing packs up


    After 17 years, Main Street Clothing will close in July. Owner Bobby Mullinax (above) says the loss of local shoppers to new retail areas in Cherokee and Dawson counties forced his single location store out of business.

     Citing a barrage of business challenges, Main Street Clothing owner Bobby Mullinax announced he will close his doors for a final time in early July.
    A 57-year veteran of retail clothing, Mullinax wasn’t sure exactly when the last day of Main Street Clothing will be as he is also caring for his wife who was injured in a fall that happened after he decided to close the shop.
    Mullinax operated Main Street Clothing on Jasper’s Main Street for 17 years, catering to both men and women for business and casual attire.

    Find out more about this Main Street staple and why owner Bobby Mullinax finally gave up the ghost in our print and online editions.


Summer zero tolerance DUI campaign launched

DUI Offenders to Be Targeted During the Fourth of July Holiday




July 4th remains one of the most dangerous holidays on Georgia roads and to combat that, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is joining a national impaired driving enforcement effort to get drunk drivers off the roads and inside a jail cell.


Why? Because alcohol-impaired crashes still account for 23 percent of all traffic fatalities in Georgia and in the last 2 years, the state has averaged 88 alcohol-impaired crashes for the July 3 to July 5 travel period. To help reverse this trend, GOHS will be partnering with law enforcement agencies across the state to launch the annual Operation Zero Tolerance campaign where drivers are warned that if they’re over the limit, they’ll be under arrest.


Eagle, quail, trout featured on new license plates



Three new wild license plate designs are available in local tag offices, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division announced today. And thanks to a new license plate process, the new, rich-colored images cover the entire plate – making an even bolder statement for supporting




Perry signs one-year contract as Pickens school superintendent


            At a called meeting Wednesday, Dr. Lula Mae Perry was hired to a one-year contract as the superintendent for Pickens County schools.

            Previous discussion by the board had indicated that Perry, who served 12 years as the superintendent in Jeff Davis County before retirement, would only get an initial six-month interim contract.



            At the meeting Wednesday, the board expressed their pleasure with bringing the veteran superintendent to Pickens County.

            Dr. Perry responded saying that she looked forward to working with the board and appreciated their show of support.  See previous story on this.