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Elrod sworn in as Fire Chief/EMS director


At a ceremony this morning in the county admin building, Sloan Elrod was sworn in as the chief of the combined Fire Department and EMS for Pickens County. Addressing many county employees and department heads in attendance, Elrod said work is still underway planning how the two departments will merge and they will proceed slowly with this change. 

Commission Chairman Rob Jones administered the oath to Elrod. He said he is excited to see the combined services "come out of the chute." Ultimately this will save tax dollars, Jones said.

See complete report in this week's Progress.

Charles Chapman Grand Marshal for July 4th parade


 Charles Chapman being honored by Jasper Lions Club

            Longtime Lions Club member Charles Chapman, a.k.a. Mr. Jasper Lion, has been named the grand marshal of the July 4th parade this year for Jasper.

    The Lions have a long history of providing the Independence Day activities for Pickens County and Chapman has been instrumental in these for many years.

DNR urges patience with Canada geese


By Melissa Cummings, Communications/Outreach
    The Canada goose is an adaptable bird that can live in a variety of locations, including open farmland and rural reservoirs to suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks and other developed areas.

Eagle’s Rest will host solstice events Saturday


[Note the Solstice moment has been moved up to 6:25 a.m. Saturday, earlier than previously listed times.]


Eagle's Rest, the new park in the Burnt Mountain area, (at the end of Monument Road) will host two summer solstice events Saturday. They have also recently opened hiking trails there.

At the first event Saturday, the Summer Solstice moment at 6:25 a.m., the sun will rise to the sound of music…a singular flute and the sound of drums.  It’s that magic moment for reflection and serenity.