By Eva Stanley
JMS Beta Club member
Jasper Middle School now has a Junior Beta Club. This is Jasper Middle School’s first Beta Club as a fifth and sixth grade school. There are 117 Beta Club members. The club earned the National Beta School of Distinction for their large membership this year.
Jeff Nelson with wife Leigh and daughters Ashley and Amanda. Not Pictured daughter Anna.
The Pickens Dragons football program will have a new but familiar face leading the way in 2019. Defensive coordinator Jeff Nelson was approved last week by the Board of Education after previous head coach Chris Parker announced that he would be taking a position at the county office in which he continues as the county’s athletic director and assumes additional responsibilities.
Pickens County is the 13th richest county in the state for personal income, according to recently released 2017 data by the U.S. Department of Commerce. With annual average incomes of $45,717, Pickens also leads our northwest region of the state for personal income with residents here earning $8,355 more annually than the next-highest earning county in our 15-county region.
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Updated -- Council member Proctor offers comments on manager search
Jim Looney, interim city manager for Jasper, will enter negotiations with candidates for his replacement per instructions given by the council following a closed session Thursday evening.
Council attorney Bill Pickett read a statement when the meeting returned to open session indicating they had authorized Looney to negotiate with the candidates for city manager who have shown an interest in the job. The council interviewed four potential candidates earlier this month.
The owner hadn't seen his Bible in years, but thanks to a resident who wanted to find the rightful owner the sacred book has been returned.
In what could be considered no less than a Christmas miracle, a Bible was reunited with its owner after the Progress ran an article reporting it had been found on the side of the road.
The Bible was turned over to the Progress by a woman who had the same last name as the one printed on its front cover – “William Paul Stanfield.” A motorist found the Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible in the Pleasant Hill area and gave it to Donna Stanfield’s husband, owner of Jasper TV & Appliance, in April. Mrs. Stanfield, who is not related to William Paul Stanfield, found it on a bookshelf in her living room last month while she was cleaning and