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New day and program for free tax preparation

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By John Lomax

 

The free tax preparation provided by AARP Tax-Aide will again take place at Pickens County Library this season on a new day, Tuesday, from February 7th through April 11th, starting at 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The service is aimed at clients with moderate income and an uncomplicated tax return. 

“There is no requirement to be an AARP member or to be retired,” says Pickens County resident John Lomax. John is the district coordinator for AARP Tax-Aide and his district covers Bartow, Cherokee, Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties where six sites operate for four hours each week, staffed by over 30 volunteers, including five other Pickens County residents. All volunteers are certified by the IRS.

PHS Junior state playwriting finalist

 

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Nick DiPuma, a junior at Pickens High School was chosen by the professional organization Georgia Thespians, as the state finalist for his original play Why'd Ya Do It?. Nick submitted this play to the Georgia Thespians PlayWorks competition, which is a division of the Georgia Thespian Conference held in February and attended by thousands of students, directors, and colleges from all around Georgia. 

Outpouring of help for homeless Marine

 

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Disabled veteran Mike Johnson, right, with wife Vickie and Love thy Neighbor Chaplain John Naves. Naves and others in the community, including veterans’ groups are helping the Johnsons get on their feet. 

Two weeks ago the Progress published a story about disabled veteran Mike Johnson and his wife Vickie, a homeless couple struggling with serious health issues – and the community has responded with a generous outpouring of support. 

The Johnsons lost their home and belongings after Mike was sent to the hospital for nine weeks with pneumonia. He is also on a waiting list for a heart transplant and has diabetes. 

Alabama man arrested after coming here, expecting sex with a minor

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Edwin Brian Lumpkin's social media profile shot and book-in shot, both courtesy Pickens sheriff.
Pickens Sheriff Press Release

 Last night, January 26th, Pickens Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested Edwin Brian Lumpkin. Mr. Lumpkin, a 27-year-old man, drove to Pickens County from his home in Roanoke Alabama to meet who he believed to be a 15-year-old female. Mr. Lumpkin had been engaging in an online conversation with the young female and planned to meet for sex. Unfortunately for Mr. Lumpkin, the young female that he had been talking to online was a Pickens Sheriff’s Office Detective.

Unzicker, Streeter and Mary Ann’s named the Chamber’s best of 2017

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     Nancy Unzicker was named The 2017 Pickens County Citizen of the Year. The award is sponsored by ETC. Unzicker is pictured with her husband, John, and Gerry Nechvatal (R). 

 

By Max Caylor

Progress contributor 

    

     A community good time was had at the Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Winter Ball held Saturday at the historic Tate House. The event is a platform to award the Chamber of Commerce’s highest awards.

     The first recognition went to Ralph Streeter as the Chamber’s 2017 Ambassador of the Year.