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Albert the Barber relocates after nearly five decades

“The amount of support has been amazing,” says Palace Barber Shop owner

    On his last day at the old location on Stegall Drive, barber Albert Hamrick cuts the hair of Jackson Hodge, a second generation customer who has been visiting Palace Barber Shop for four years. The new shop, located just two blocks north,­­ is already open.


    Tucked discreetly off Stegall Drive, Albert Hamrick has become a Jasper landmark serving generations of customers from his modest barber shop over the last 46 years.

Grease coming to PHS stage


PHS Theatre is preparing to present GREASE the musical on April 3, 4, 5 at 7 p.m. at the Pickens High Performing Arts Center. Presale tickets are available in the PHS front office, $8 adults; $5 students; and $10 at the door the nights of the show.

See more high school news, inlcuding their recent AP honors in tomorrow's Progress.

Ga. High court upholds axe-murder conviction


From Supreme Court of Georgia

 Jane Hansen, Public Information Officer

The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence given to a man in Lowndes County for killing his girlfriend with an axe in 2010 on Christmas Eve.

            In this high-profile Valdosta murder, Kenneth Brown, 58 at the time of the murder of 47-year-old Charlotte Grant, argued on appeal that the judge erred in refusing to instruct jurors that they could consider whether he was instead guilty of the less serious crime of voluntary manslaughter.

   In today’s opinion, however, Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines writes that the evidence presented did not support a voluntary manslaughter jury charge, and that the “evidence authorized the jury to find Brown guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes of which he was convicted.”

            According to evidence at trial, Brown and Grant lived together, along with her adult son, Keith Medley, and her disabled bed-ridden daughter. The couple recently had been arguing and sleeping in separate bedrooms, according to briefs filed in the case. In the early morning hours of Dec. 24, 2010, Brown found Grant in the living room talking on the phone to her estranged husband, from who she had been separated for five years.

Read Across America Day at Pickens schools      Pickens County District Commissioner Becky Denney reads to students Renee Walker's Fourth Grade Class at Harmony Elementary for Read Across America Day, a celebration held on or near Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2. 

     "Literacy is the foundation of every child's education. It opens doorways to opportunity, transports us across time and space, and binds family and friends closer together," President Barak Obama said in a recent statement about Read Across America Day. "When parents, educators, librarians, and mentors read

Attorneys for Ryan Quinton issue statement

From Ross D. Grisham and Scott T. Poole



Grisham & Poole, PC, is a criminal defense law firm with offices in Canton and Jasper, Georgia, and we have been retained to represent Mr. Ryan Quinton in all criminal matters stemming from the tragic accident that resulted in the death of his bride, Kali Quinton, on December 29, 2013. 

We appreciate both the Cherokee and Pickens County DA’s Offices and the various law enforcement agencies involved working with us to get Mr. Quinton quickly processed through their detention facilities and back home to his loved ones.  The families have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they have received throughout this ordeal and ask that you continue to keep them in your thoughts.

That being said, Mr. Quinton’s arrest only compounds the anguish he has already experienced in dealing with the loss of his wife.  As his lawyers, we have advised Mr. Quinton not to discuss the case with anyone, including members of the press.  Likewise, the family does not wish to be contacted by members of the media and will not be taking questions regarding Mr. Quinton’s arrest.  This release is the only statement which will be issued on behalf of Mr. Quinton and his family. 

The Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit us from commenting on the evidence of the case or how Mr. Quinton will plea to the charges.  Like all persons charged with a crime, Mr. Quinton is presumed to be innocent and we will make every effort to protect his rights and the integrity of the judicial system as the case progresses.