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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.

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.


School board to hold called meeting

The Pickens County Board of education will conduct a called meeting which will include several policies issues, executive session, and personnel recommendations, followed by a finance workshop Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

This meeting will be held at the Board Conference Center on D.B. Carroll Street. The public is invited to attend.


SeaDragons bring home 28 medals from state


    Jessica Jones digs in during her 50 yard breaststroke at state competition Saturday in Tifton. Jones’ time

of 38.51 placed her 7th in the state.

     With fierce competition from all areas of the state, members of the Pickens SeaDragons brought home 28 medals over two days during the Georgia Recreation and Parks State Swim meet held in Tifton over the weekend. Many of the swimmers put in amazing times in the competition, with many achieving personal bests for the season, including Garrett Miles in the 50 freestyle and Ellie Pool in her leg of the 11/12 girls freestyle relay.


Skeletal remains found in Cherokee


     Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. July 21, 2013. Biologist searching for snakes in Cherokee County Saturday afternoon discovered the skeletal remains of a human body. Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to the location off South Cherokee Lane in Woodstock at approximately 6pm. Detectives are now attempting to determine the identity of the remains.


       It appears the remains are that of a male who was wearing size 13 red adidas tennis shoes. Blue jeans with burgundy shorts underneath were also located with the remains. Currently investigators have not determined how long the remains have been in the woods.  The remains will be sent to the GBI crime lab for analysis.


       Cherokee Sheriff’s Office investigators are not working any missing person cases that meet the description of the located remains; they are asking the public if they have any information potentially related to this investigation please call 911.