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Graves says: Defunding Obamacare Will Lift People Out Of Joblessness



Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), author of the Defund Obamacare Act (H.R. 2682), issued the following reaction to President Obama’s speech about the economy today:

“The president’s speeches haven’t changed, and neither has the economy. We need a policy change, starting with removing the biggest roadblock to quality jobs—Obamacare.


“My Defund Obamacare Act will empower those who have fallen on hard times with the opportunity to work. By putting a stop to all the government-imposed confusion and fines, we can lift people out of joblessness and help them find a good, full-time job.

78-year-old woman charged for killing bear accidentally


    Mitch Yeargin, a DNR wildlife ranger, explains the use of a paintball gun to scare bears away from homes. Yeargin said this is one of the worst summers he can remember for bear calls. The DNR ranger said he had three more bears calls to respond to Tuesday after leaving the Progress where he discussed a problem bear with a newspaper employee. Yeargin theorized that there must not be much natural forage for the bears this year.

     Pickens resident Judy Gardner said the citation the Georgia DNR issued her for illegally hunting out of season is completely unfounded, and that


New Bent Tree board member discusses CIA career

             Manget served as Deputy General Counsel for the CIA  when terrorism changed everything
By Hank Hollensbe
Progress Contributor

    Fred F. Manget, one of the new 2014-16 members of the Board of Directors at Bent Tree, agreed to meet me for lunch.  He was to provide me with information - information beyond that already available on the web -that would allow me to describe him and his career for readers of the Pickens County Progress.  Fred’s career?  Twenty-six years with the Central Intelligence Agency, retiring as Deputy General Counsel.

22-month old bounces back after lawnmower accident


    22-month-old Hendrix Rock was up and running around the Progress office Friday.

    The 22-month-old reported injured in the lawnmower crash last week, visited the Progress Friday and by all accounts had plenty of energy running around our lobby.
    Hendrix Rock, 22 months, suffered a bruised lung and minor head injuries when the lawnmower where he was riding in his father’s lap rolled after going over an embankment July 15.

Taxpayer appeals after being upset by appriaser's comments


     Citing an October 2012 Progress article where the Board of Tax Assessors signed off on approximately 300 property value appeals, local resident James Atkins told current board members at their meeting Thursday that comments from the chief tax appraiser and board members back in October prompted him to appeal the value on his home.