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Another arrest of someone seeking sex with minor here


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Officers from the Pickens Sheriff Office arrested an 43-year-old man from the metro area coming here seeking sex with a 14-year-old  girl Friday night. The arrest in a parking lot on Highway 515 is the second time (see original arrest story) in two weeks potential child molesters have made contact, sent nude photos and came to Pickens County expecting sex with what they believe to be an underage girl.
It is actually an online account used by a Pickens Sheriff Detective. The man shown here was already on probation and will face additional charges for his planned meeting. Look for full story and a behind the scenes account of how these investigations go down in next week’s Progress.


Car rolls on railroad tracks in Jasper


Wednesday afternoon crews were working to get a vehicle off the railroad tracks near the Pickens Medical Supply Building on Church Street. The crews had alerted the train operators of the vehicle on the tracks and no trains appeared to be in near vicinity.

   The vehicle apparently rolled onto the tracks even though the driver and a first responder confirmed the vehicle remained in park. An elderly passenger was in the car and was shaken but not seriously injured.

Habitat volunteers frame walls on 17th Pickens house



Volunteers enjoyed the food provided by Jasper Subway. If you think you might enjoy volunteering with Habitat for Humanity go online to or call 706-253-2393. You may also donate on line.

        Twenty-two volunteers signed in to work on Saturday, January 28, and framed the walls on the 17th build for Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteer Glenn Rasco was asked about his work with Habitat.  Retired from management at Chattahoochee Tech, Glenn says he learned to build from his uncle. He and his wife have worked on several mission building projects in the past and he enjoys building projects at his home.

When asked why he chose to join the Habitat project,  he said "I just like the work."  



Senior center cares for “God’s older kids”




Even before the doors of the Pickens County Senior Center open in the morning s, a line begins to form. It’s just before 8 a.m. and the early birds are anxious for the day’s activities to begin. 

“They’re ready to get here,” said Kimberly Bolt, the center’s enthusiastic and gregarious director who has more than tripled enrollment since she came to the center three years ago. “They come in and immediately divide into three areas - what we call the ‘hens’ nest,’ the veterans, and the Rummikub players. Our daily activities begin at 9:30. Around 10:45 we get ready for lunch.”

  Pickens County Senior Center Director Kimberly Bolt keeps things lively with daily activities, field trips and other events.

Plea deal may be in works for Miller


Mark Miller

     A plea deal could be forthcoming for Jasper attorney Mark Miller who faces numerous counts of financial theft from former clients, totaling as much as $2 million. However, the well-known Jasper attorney made it plain after the close of court Monday the initial provisions offered were not acceptable.

     See full story in this week's print or online editions.