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Bat watchers wanted for monitoring project

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Bats with white nose syndrome from Ga. DNR website. 

You’ve probably seen bats feeding around lights in your neighborhood or dipping across a country road in front of your headlights.

But are you seeing them as often as you used to years ago? 

Biologists with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are concerned that bat populations may be declining, especially since white-nose syndrome – a fast-spreading disease fatal to bats – was detected in the state last year.

 Now, Georgians can help monitor bats in their area.

Backyard chicken class at Farmers Market



By Darla Huffman
    Roxanne Janes is a regular vendor at the Market, selling eggs, chickens and several choices of homemade breads, but she doesn’t usually have any chickens with her. This week she did; a cage with five adult hens who were on their way to their new home, having been ordered in advance. Which gives me the perfect segue to let

Marine Corps to raffle $500 gift card, shotgun


    Marine Corps League Det #1280 selling raffle tickets in front of Kroger. Pictured are (l -r) William Pless and Ken Hulsey. Tickets will be available until the drawing on July 4.   

     If you want a chance to win big prizes and support troops overseas, you’ll want to be sure to purchase raffle ticket from the local Marine Corps League before their drawing on July 4.

Jones Mountain bridge reopens



    Midday Tuesday, June 17, Georgia DOT engineer Sam Wheeler said crews were removing barricades at the Jones Mountain bridge on Highway 136 that has been closed since April. 

     "They will wait for a week or two and then go in and do a repair to the asphalt, but we are waiting to see if there is anymore settlement behind the bridge first," Wheeler said.

   The repairs are considered temporary. One person on the job said it is a band-aid, but one that will allow the important connector between Pickens and Gilmer counties to be used until a permanent fix is completed.

Purdy hired at JMS, LeMieux goes to PHS

Tate renovation discussions continue
By Eileen Steinhauer
Progress Contributor

Shane Purdy was recently hired as the next principal of Jasper Middle School.

     Last Friday, at a called Board of Education meeting, it was announced that Dr. Chris LeMieux, current principal of Pickens County Middle School, will be the next principal of Pickens High School, and Shane Purdy, current assistant superintendent of Lincoln County Schools, will be the next principal of Jasper Middle School.