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Search for historic phone stalls with bad connection


Nelson Mayor Larry Ray, correspondent Ralph Dennis, Joey Smith, and Wyatt Ingram come up short digging for a historic phone thought to be still buried somewhere in Nelson.

By Ralph Dennis,

Nelson Correspondent


The Nelson Telephone Company ended the era of the crank telephone in October 1952. As a part of this change over to the new dial telephone system, a funeral was held for the last crank telephone in downtown Nelson. This funeral was documented by the newspapers and television. There was even a high school band in attendance to provide music at this solemn occasion.

Speed dial forward to May 2014, and the search to retrieve this artifact is underway.

See rest of story and how the first attempt came up in this week's Progress.

Editorial: Pickens County must unearth marble heritage

By Dan Pool

Pickens is not alone with a mining history in this area considering the Copper Basin right up the road. But with products from under our soil on grand display at the Lincoln monument and the U.S. Capitol, plus dozens of formidable buildings across the nation, we clearly can boast the most impressive legacy. 

The Copper Basin may have employed more miners at its peak, but most of what they dug up went into chemicals and industrial products.

Right here our Oglethorpe Monument, the marble courthouse, Tate school, Tate mansion, and working marble operations give a impressive glimpse of our past.

Regrettably our namesake resource is put to little use in drawing tourists. Plain ol’ apples one county north and the former copper operations in the smaller town of Ducktown have been used far more effectively to their communities’ benefit.

Soil testing underway at water park site


    Jasper Mayor John Weaver (right) and Pickens County Economic Development Director Gerry Nechvatal (second from left) with two engineers at a newly-cleared access trail at the proposed water park resort. The group looks over a map showing the location of dozens of future boring sites on the property.

     In a step that local leaders say illustrates developer Port Royal’s determination to bring a massive water park resort here, engineers were on site Tuesday preparing to take soil samples in key areas. 
     See the print or online edition for comments from the Jasper mayor and county economic developer, and engineers on site this week.

Jesus, music and nature meet at Camp Grandview

Conservatory students to perfrom at Sharptop Arts Association on July 10


    Each Saturday night conservatory students perform in a concert to showcase what they learned the previous week. On July 10 at 7 p.m. a brass band of both students and staff will perform at Sharptop Arts Association.

    This is the 15th year in a row 22-year-old Tito Osibodu has spent her summer at Salvation Army’s Camp Grandview, and the 13th summer she’s spent at their Lyman C. Kimball Conservatory – a four-week program that brings kids from all over Georgia to study music and the arts in a Christian environment. 

Doris Wigington Park opens


By Meagan Hurley
Staff writer

    June 28 marked the official ribbon cutting of Doris Wigington Park, named for the former Jasper City Council member. 
    Wife of former council member Bill Wigington, Doris took the place of her husband on the council upon his