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Declining deer population top issue for local hunters

    A group of about 20 people recently attended a hearing in Pickens on proposed changes to hunting regulations that would, if passed, cut the number of “doe days” to combat the state’s declining deer population.
    “There are a lot of proposed changes to the hunting regulations this year,” said Chuck Waters, Regional Supervisor for the Game Management Sector of the Northwest Georgia Department of Natural Resources who was present at the hearing at Amicalola EMC on Thursday, April 25. “Most of them were just minor housekeeping issues. The biggest change is the possibility of cutting out all of the doe days in December.”


"The Biggest Loser" to hold casting call in Atlanta




The Progress has five "front of the line passes" for the Atlanta casting call. I --All the passes have been claimed. Good luck.





The popular NBC reality series “The Biggest Loser” is launching an 11-city, cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show. Individuals who have at least 80 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season.

‘Nettes and Dragons Headed to Track Sectionals



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 Alyssa Weaver (leading) and Mollie Shaw (#5) of the ‘Nettes ran strong in the 3200 Meter Run this past Friday at the Region 7AAAA Championships. Weaver won  (12:14.25) and Shaw finished 4th (12:32.32) as both will go on to next Saturday’s Sectionals and the chance to qualify for State. Weaver also finished 4th to qualify in the 1600 Meter Run (5:34.96).




     Thankfully, the weather cooperated this time as the PHS Track & Field Teams traveled to Dalton High School last Thursday and Friday for the Region 7AAAA Track & Field Championships. The teams turned in some outstanding performances, qualifying a total of 8 individual athletes along with the Dragon 4 X 400 Team for next Saturday’s Sectional Meet in Carrollton.

     Day 1 saw four ‘Nettes qualify for Friday’s Region Finals in their events as Kamish Langston (100 Meter Dash), Sydney Romine (400 Meter Dash, 300 Meter Hurdles), and Sarah Ballard (800 Meter Run) turned in strong performances to stay alive for another day. Alyssa Weaver went ahead and punched her ticket to Carrollton and next Saturday’s Sectional Meet with a 4th place finish amongst a strong field in the 1600 Meter Run (5:34.96).  Also scoring for the ‘Nettes on Thursday was Allison Dowdy in the Pole Vault (6th / 6’0”).


     The Dragons then placed 7 athletes in Friday’s Finals as Carey Cunningham (400 Meter Dash), Drew Bellows and Wyatt Ingram (800 Meter Run), the 4 X 100 Meter Relay Team (Tyler Craig, Carey Cunningham, Deondre Green, and Kalyn Brooks) all made it into the top 8 in their qualifying heats. Drew Bellows feet must have been smoking hot as he topped the field in the 1600 Meter Run Final, finishing first in 4:37.71.  Tyler Craig then proved he could also soar through the air very well without the aid of a pole as he finished 3rd in the Triple Jump with a distance of 42’5” to qualify for Sectionals.


Mega Millions reaches $103M; Powerball hits $140M



ATLANTA – Jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball are rolling. Tonight’s drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $103 million to a single annuity winner. The jackpot for Powerball is up to $140 million for Saturday’s drawing.


The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since March 15 and has rolled 12 times.


One lucky Georgia Lottery player won $250,000, and three players won $10,000 from Tuesday’s drawing. Chevron Food Mart in Forest Park sold the winning ticket with a quarter-million dollar prize. Tickets worth $10,000 were sold at QuikTrip #0745 in Atlanta, QuikTrip #0718 in Norcross and Sunset Market #0010 in Fort Oglethorpe.


Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $3.9 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option, or a single payment worth approximately $77 million with the cash option.


It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.


The Powerball jackpot has grown since April 3 and has rolled seven times.


Powerball offers two payment options: the $140 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $91 million.


Powerball tickets are $2 per play.


As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions and Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.


Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.3 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.




Draw Date: April 26, 2013

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $103 million

Annuity Amount: Approximately $3.9 million a year for 26 years

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $77 million

Cost to Play: $1 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:40

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: March 15, 2013

Number of Rolls: 12

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: March 12, 2013 – $41 million jackpot (Ohio winner) 

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million

(3 winning tickets – Illinois, Kansas and Maryland – $218.6 million each)



Draw Date: April 27, 2013

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $140 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $91 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: April 3, 2013
Number of Rolls: 7
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: March 30, 2013 – $50 million jackpot (Illinois winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: Nov. 28, 2012 – $588 million jackpot (Arizona and Missouri winners)

Q&A with superintendent on recent cuts


     The Progress this week sent Pickens County School Superintendent Ben Desper a list of questions regarding the recent teacher lay-offs as well as his own contract, which has been the subject of controversy.
    Dr. Desper responded to those questions by e-mail and they can be found in our print or online editions --- on sale now.