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PHS wrestler Koby Milner wins state


Koby Milner took the 4A title at 106 pounds and he did so in dominating fashion.


Heading into this past weekend’s GHSA State Wrestling Tournament, it had been ten years since the Pickens County Wrestling Team had seen one of its wrestlers get his hand raised in the finals. That wait came to an end this past weekend at the Macon Centreplex as Sophomore Koby Milner won the Dragon’s first state championship of any kind in the last decade. Milner took the 4A title at 106 pounds and he did so in dominating fashion.

   Milner has had one of the great seasons in Pickens Wrestling history. He lost only three times all year. Two of those losses came to Bryce Davis of Creekview, who won the 106 pound state title for 5A. “He has consistently been our best wrestler all year,” stated Head Coach Grady Flanagan. “In addition to his ability on the mat, Koby is also very humble and willing to work with other wrestlers. He is like having another coach in the room.” Aside from his three losses, Milner racked up 43 wins this season and added to his already impressive list of medals six more individual tournament titles, an area championship, and now a state championship.

See complete story in next week's Progress.


Reinhardt names Dr. Kina Mallard as 20th president


On behalf of the students at Reinhardt University, Alex Bryant (left), president of Student Government Association, presents Dr. Kina Mallard, Reinhardt’s 20th president, and her husband, Steve Dietz, with an engraved door knocker to welcome the two to their new home.


On Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, the Board of Trustees of Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., announced the selection of Dr. Kina S. Mallard as the institution's 20th president during a press conference in the Science Center atrium. She was chosen by a vote of the full board on Feb. 10, and she will assume the office on July 1, 2015. Her selection completed a thorough seven-month search.

Pilgrim Baptist in Nelson hosts special speaker for Black History Month


Minister Joseph T. Howard.

Submitted by Rev. John H. Brown, Pastor 


      On Sunday February 22, please join Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Nelson, Ga., as we celebrate Black History Month. The keynote speaker will be Minister Joseph T. Howard. The service will start at 11:30 a.m.

Be wary of thieves posing as IRS agents and tax preparers, UGA expert says

IRS will not initiate contact by phone or email


Athens, Ga. – Tax season is the time to be vigilant about identity theft, said Laura Heilman, a security awareness training and education manager in UGA’s Enterprise Information Technology Services office.

A look down the the original Hwy. 5


   A cotton gin near the original Highway 5.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer

      Bisecting Pickens County from south to north is a road familiar to all local travelers, Highway 515. Of course, this traffic artery has not always existed, and before the completion of 515 in the 1980s, the main means of moving traffic through the county was another road also familiar to Pickens countians, State Highway 5, or as it is now known, Old Highway 5.