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Is this the drought of the century?

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Larry Cavender / Photo
    Although Old Glory is clearly visible, the distant mountains are only barely visible and the sun struggles to shine through the smoke in this photograph taken last week looking west from the parking lot of Jasper United Methodist Church.

By Larry Cavender

    Is Pickens County, as well  north Georgia, in the midst of the "Drought of the Century?" When you can count on one hand the number of times it has rained since spring, with an outdoor burning ban in effect and lawns turning brown and fall crops dying, and with a smoky haze engulfing the area from wildfires caused by the extremely dry conditions, most people might answer a resounding, "Yes!"

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Rep. Graves Applauds Georgia Cyber Security

Washington, D.C. –Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) congratulated U.S. Army Cyber Command and Fort Gordon – which hosts the Cyber Center of Excellence and will soon host Army Cyber Command headquarters – on all of its Cyber Mission Force teams reaching Initial Operating Capability, the point at which all units can execute their fundamental mission while still building more advanced capabilities.tom-graves


“This is a major milestone for Fort Gordon, Georgia’s military community and, most importantly, our national defense,” said Rep. Graves. “As a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, I’ve worked to secure funding for this critical mission, and I will continue fighting to ensure it receives the resources necessary to become fully operational.”

For most people: wildfire smoke symptoms more annoying than dangerous

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A USDA Map shows active forest fire throughout the Southeast as of November 11.

        Wildfires that have burned thousands of acres in north Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness Area are sending blankets of smoke to surrounding counties. According to medical professionals, everyone should be on guard but sensitive groups should take most precaution.

         If you have an underlying lung disease Dr. Tamim Al-Kharrat of North Georgia Pulmonary Medicine in Jasper advises his patients to take similar precautions as they would with heavy smog – more common in urban areas.

Gas down over 6 cents

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     Georgia, GA, November 14- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.17/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.15/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Winter Coat Drive 2016

The Progress staff is proud to team up again with Holy Spirit Ranch here in Jasper, Ga. We gather the coats, they hand them out -- it's a great system. What we need from the community are good, heavy winter coats suitable for people who may be homeless or live in homes with no heat/inadequate heat.

See ad below for details.

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