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Wreck claims life of bride hours after wedding


A wedding photo of Ryan Quinton and Kali Shay Dobson Quinton taken the day of the fatal accident. Photo from Still Pearl Photography supplied by family.

     A single car crash took the life of a young bride who was riding with her new husband after leaving the reception in Ball Ground Sunday night, Dec. 29.
    According to a Georgia State Patrol report, Kali Shay Dobson Quinton, 25, of Ball Ground, was killed when the Pontiac Firebird driven by Ryan Patrick Quinton, 27, of Jasper, left the roadway and went down an embankment in front of a church on Highway 5 in Ball Ground.


Harmony Elementary comes through big for food pantry



At a time of year when the spirit of giving is overwhelming, Harmony Elementary School overwhelmed CARES with their spirit of giving.  The total number of items collected for CARES (the food pantry) was 3,153 and three classes were responsible for one half of this amount. See complete story and more photos in this week's print edition.

$38 coffee start-up thinks big

“It’s time that business owners in Pickens County know what’s going on in New York City,” Georgia Bean Roasters owner says


    Georgia Bean Roasters owner Brain Cain pours a batch of “Stop the Press,” a special blend he created for the Progress.

     Pickens resident Brian Cain opens a plastic baggy filled with Eight O’Clock brand coffee beans and asks me to take a whiff.
     The co-owner and CEO of Nelson-based Georgia Bean Roasters then pulls out a 1/2 pound bag of a special blend named “Stop the Press” – which he created specifically for the interview – and asks me to do the same thing. 
     As you might expect there was no comparison between the mass-produced beans and the small-batch, gourmet coffee he roasted in his basement earlier that day.

Check out our print or online editions to find out how this buisinessman is thinking big for Pickens.

County releases financial information


     While no formal presentations were made, the county CFO announced at the final commissioner’s meeting of the year that several completed financial reports are now available to the public.
    Among these reports are the final audit from fiscal year 2012, a historical review of the county’s fund balance and changes in debt and capital assets for fiscal years 2004 through 2012, and a report of projects that were (and were not) funded through the 2008 SPLOST that wraps up collections this year.

See the print or online editions for the rest of this story.


Despite rain, Laying of Stones ceremony well attended

Click on the image below to see a video of the dedication ceremony.





 The dedication ceremony at Pickens' new 107-acre park on top of Oglethorpe Mountain was well attended despite the heavy fog. Be sure to check out next week's edition for a full account of the event and details about the park, which is a gift from Ken and Billie Ann Rice. The story did not make this week's early Christmas edition, but here is a video from park board member John Feight.