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Back to school poster contest


Pickens County Schools will be having a “Welcome Back to School 2014-15” poster contest for grades 1-5. The posters are due to the Pickens County Board of Education (D.B.Carroll Street) office no later than 3 p.m. on July 16.  There will be a winner from each grade level. The winners will receive a prize and their posters will be published in the Back to School Newspaper Insert. 

The posters should be no smaller than 11x17, no larger than a regular size poster board and should be the student’s work. On the back of the poster, 

Get the lowdown on Poison Ivy

Watch out for urushiol, y’all



Back in the 1970s Pickens resident Andy Thompson’s summer took a turn for the worse when he failed to identify a swath of poison ivy.

“I was a camp counselor and we were playing these games where we’d hide and I laid in a patch of the stuff for probably 20 or 30 minutes,” he said. “Then a day or so later we were burning off some materials and apparently there was some poison ivy in there and smoke got in my eyes and they ended up being nearly swollen shut. I had to get a series of shots to get it to go away. That was the worst case I’ve ever had.” 

A nasty case of poison ivy can put a serious damper on your summer – and with WebMD reporting that 85 percent of Americans will develop an allergic reaction if they come in contact with poison ivy you’ll want to know how to identify it and stay the *bleep* away - or if you find yourself intentionally wallowing around in a patch, you’ll want to know how to get rid of the rash quickly. 

Editorial: Pickens County must unearth marble heritage

By Dan Pool

Pickens is not alone with a mining history in this area considering the Copper Basin right up the road. But with products from under our soil on grand display at the Lincoln monument and the U.S. Capitol, plus dozens of formidable buildings across the nation, we clearly can boast the most impressive legacy. 

The Copper Basin may have employed more miners at its peak, but most of what they dug up went into chemicals and industrial products.

Right here our Oglethorpe Monument, the marble courthouse, Tate school, Tate mansion, and working marble operations give a impressive glimpse of our past.

Regrettably our namesake resource is put to little use in drawing tourists. Plain ol’ apples one county north and the former copper operations in the smaller town of Ducktown have been used far more effectively to their communities’ benefit.

Search for historic phone stalls with bad connection


Nelson Mayor Larry Ray, correspondent Ralph Dennis, Joey Smith, and Wyatt Ingram come up short digging for a historic phone thought to be still buried somewhere in Nelson.

By Ralph Dennis,

Nelson Correspondent


The Nelson Telephone Company ended the era of the crank telephone in October 1952. As a part of this change over to the new dial telephone system, a funeral was held for the last crank telephone in downtown Nelson. This funeral was documented by the newspapers and television. There was even a high school band in attendance to provide music at this solemn occasion.

Speed dial forward to May 2014, and the search to retrieve this artifact is underway.

See rest of story and how the first attempt came up in this week's Progress.

Jesus, music and nature meet at Camp Grandview

Conservatory students to perfrom at Sharptop Arts Association on July 10


    Each Saturday night conservatory students perform in a concert to showcase what they learned the previous week. On July 10 at 7 p.m. a brass band of both students and staff will perform at Sharptop Arts Association.

    This is the 15th year in a row 22-year-old Tito Osibodu has spent her summer at Salvation Army’s Camp Grandview, and the 13th summer she’s spent at their Lyman C. Kimball Conservatory – a four-week program that brings kids from all over Georgia to study music and the arts in a Christian environment.