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Esport team takes PHS’s first state championship in 44 years



Taken just after the PHS Rocket League Team won the state title Thursday, May 16. Coach Wil Nix (second row from back, center) with team members (second row from back, left to right) Carter Logan, Mason Watkins, and Eric Robinson.  


     “The best way I can explain it is it’s like soccer with cars,” PHS student Mason Watkins explains before he plays a video of the night he and his teammates won the Georgia High School Association’s Esports Rocket League State Championship. 

     The short clip shows dozens of PHS students cheering on Watkins and the two other players, Carter Logan and Eric Robinson, after they clinched PHS’s first team state title since 1974.

Watkins and Logan briefly explain “Rocket League,” which they say is “much more than a video game,” as driving virtual cars and pushing balls into goals. For competitions, teammates play remotely from a computer

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Memorial Day schedule

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The Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Sunrise Memorial Gardens on Monday, May 27. 

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m, and include special guest speaker Jim Brescia, new commander for American Legion Post #149. 

The ceremony will feature Boy Scout Troop #836, which will place flags on gravesites, a singing of the national anthem, and welcome by Pickens County Commissioner Becky Denney. 

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Milk snake documented locally

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        Progress reader Linda Fleming sent this photo of a milk snake from her deck on Saturday, May 11th.

Fleming said before sending it to the Progress, she sent the photo to the DNR for identification.

Thomas Floyd, a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Wildlife Conservation, replied to her query, "Wow! That’s a rare milk snake! It’s nonvenomous....completely harmless...related to the king snake.”

The biologist added that this is a county first, as a milk snake had never officially been documented from Pickens County before.

Noise tests may be deciding factor for firearms range in Talking Rock

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Lee Heisman, one of the owners of Executive Firearms Training, addresses the Talking Rock Council about an executive firearms training range they hope to open in the town.


By Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer


The Talking Rock City Council held a called meeting to make up for the cancelled regular session. Only one council member, Caleb Gay, was absent for this meeting. 

The council heard a presentation from Executive Firearms Training. One of the owners, Lee Heisman, proposed using 125 acres of property that the company had purchased as a firearms training facility. The intention is to hold classes on firearms safety and the proper use of firearms.

Read more: Noise tests may be deciding factor  for firearms range in Talking Rock

Sheriff Craig takes pie in the face for kids

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Damon Howell / Photo

Karleigh Angle raised the most funds out of several teams during Prevent Child Abuse Pickens’ Blue Dress Campaign, which earned her the chance to throw a pie into the face of Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig. The campaign, wrapping up at the Woodbridge Inn on May 17 with a tea/luncheon for approximately 50 ladies, celebrated the non-profit’s 25 years of service to children and families in Pickens County.

Before taking a pie in the face, Sheriff Craig said, “All of us here know how hard it is to raise money for our organizations, and I tell you, you couldn’t have picked a better one to participate in and help with.”