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Bent Tree board reaffirms deer kill decision at packed meeting


The Bent Tree Board of Directors expended little more than a quarter hour in a special called meeting that ultimately reconfirmed a previous board decision to proceed with a deer cull some time this month.

The meeting drew a standing-room-only crowd of approximately 300 residents into the lower level assembly room of the Bent Tree clubhouse. With some cooperation from the audience, the meeting came off without incident, after a charge from board president, Sheryl Crum, that all in attendance maintain civil decorum or be removed.

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Advanced voting “really, really low” for presidential primaries

Cast advanced ballots this Saturday

Georgia voters will see a rare chance to cast ballots this Saturday as election laws now require advanced voting locations to be open at least one Saturday when federal races are on the ballot.

The only races Pickens voters will see are the presidential primaries for both parties. Saturday is part of advanced voting for the March 6th Super Tuesday.

Pickens Election Supervisor Julianne Roberts said she isn’t anticipating much Saturday action at the county election office on Pioneer Road, across from the city park. This is the only advanced polling spot in the county. Regular precinct polls will still be used on election day.

State announces partnership with Google for small businesses

Georgia’s small enterprises will receive free website and online tools to establish internet presence


Gov. Nathan Deal today announced a partnership with Google that will bring free websites to small businesses throughout Georgia. “Georgia Get Your Business Online” will help drive economic growth by giving Georgia businesses the tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers, and grow.

“This new initiative will help grow small businesses in Georgia and provide business owners a valuable resource at no cost,” said Deal. “One of the best ways we can help our economy expand is to help Georgia businesses increase their visibility online.”

Georgia Get Your Business Online is an easy, fast and free way for Georgia businesses to get online. For the next year, participating Georgia businesses can go to to get a free website as well as free tools, training and resources to help their business succeed online. Google is partnering with Intuit to provide its popular Intuit Websites offerings that include an easy-to-build website, a customized domain name and free web hosting for one year.

Four friends come together to lose 250 pounds



By Betty Kossick

Progress Contributor

Two Jasper couples look a lot different in 2012 than they did a year ago. How does almost 250 pounds less sound? That’s how much four friends lost among themselves, since they formed a support group with other friends to lose weight.

Diana Garber, who facilitates CHOICES, an acronym for Choosing Healthy Options in Challenging Everyday Situations, said, “Some church members approached me about starting a weight loss program.” She shared that they combined ideas to come up with a challenging moniker, rules of participation, a pledge, logo and membership requirements. With a no-fee program plan in place, they opened it up to other church members and the community in January 2011.


Joe and Lezah Stevenson (right) “When we first started, Joe looked at me and said, ‘I want to lose weight and make healthy choices so that I can live longer - because I love you.’ Our love for each other is our motivation.”

Jon and Diana Garber(left) have found that a favorite walking spot is around the duck pond at Jasper City Park. They said the time zips by when they exercise together.


Plane crashes in Jasper

Video from security camera shows plane crash

Video courtesy of security camera at Pueblo Cantina supplied by Pickens Sheriff


Photo/Jeff Warren


Officials look over a Cessna 150 at rest after an emergency landing just south of Highway 53 but short of the Pickens County Airport runway. According to unconfirmed information gathered from officials at the scene, two men test-flying the plane after purchasing it Friday morning at the airport, experienced engine trouble as they looped back toward the runway.