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Solar power is “just plain smart,” says Pickens resident

The benefits of going solar explained
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    A shot taken from a video of Todd Smith explaining his solar power set-up at his Jasper home. Follow this link to the Progress' YouTube channel to watch the video.

 By Todd J. Smith
      Two weeks ago I finally flipped the switch on my newly installed 4 KW (4,000 watt) solar system.  It was

Water park plans move ahead

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    An artist rendering of the proposed water park resort planned near Antioch Church Road on Highway 515. Local officials who heard presentations and met privately with developers earlier this week indicated that this project has moved from sounding farfetched to something likely to happen.

    Local officials are expressing optimism that a proposed $148 million water park resort near Antioch Church Road on Highway 515 will locate here following several presentations to different groups and during private meetings with developers.
    Economic Developer Gerry Nechvatal told more than 400 members of the chamber of commerce Tuesday morning that he is “optimistic that you will see equipment at a job site.”
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Previous stories on Water park

Water Park looking at Pickens County (original press release) April 2, 2013

Talking Rock Water Park discussed - April 3, 2013

Editorial: Whether a water park or something else, Pickens economy needs boost - May 1, 2013

Water Park Developers to speak publicly -- May 7, 2014

 


 

In-law killer sentenced to life without parole

 

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     After pleading guilty to murdering his in-laws, Ben Thomas Abbott, 35, Ellijay, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

 

         On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Abbott pled guilty in a Pickens County Superior Court to breaking into the Longswamp Church Road home of Cythina and Raymond Campbell and shooting

Projected rising sea level meeting lax coastal construction regulations

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By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter
   
    On April 22nd, Judson Turner, Director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GEPD) issued a department memo effectively eliminating a 25-foot construction buffer in coastal salt marshes.

Thomas Fountain Band to open for Joe Diffie this Saturday

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    Pickens native Thomas Fountain will perform at the Woodstock Concert Series

this Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.
   

     After a year of non-stop touring at local and regional venues and solidifying himself as a 2013 Georgia Country Artist of the Year Finalist and Cherokee Life Magazine’s Best Musician, Pickens resident Thomas Fountain is tuning up for what he says will be his biggest show to date.