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Worst road paved, more work ahead


County road crews resurfaced a short stretch of Henderson Mountain Road last Thursday as a result of the recent SPLOST referendum passage.

     To the delight of west end residents, last week county road crews started resurfacing a portion of Henderson Mountain Road many considered to be one of the worst spots in the county.
    But without recent passage of the SPLOST referendum that earmarks $14.4 million for roads projects the resurfacing would not have happened so soon.

Find out more about SPLOST-funded road project lists in the county and city of Jasper in this week's print or online edition.

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.