Thank you for your excellent community-oriented newspaper. The Pickens County Progress is gaining a loyal following in the town of Ball Ground and we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to share our past, present, and future.
Folks here have immensely enjoyed reading the articles written by reporter Larry Cavender. I’m sure Pickens residents are wondering “Why so many articles about Ball Ground?” or “Why not more articles about our towns?”. Not only do we in Ball Ground enjoy the articles about our history and events, we also are excited to read about upcoming events, news, and businesses in Pickens County. As Ball Ground is half way between Jasper and Canton, we have the option of which town to visit, shop, and dine. Newcomers to our town are learning about our neighbors to the north, and hopefully our neighbors will come to Ball Ground to explore our current and soon-to-be offerings. Through the Pickens County Progress both communities can share economic, cultural, and historic benefits.
We read the reports on the Marble Festival, Tate Days, Heritage Days in Talking Rock, the Jasper Lions Club annual 4th of July Celebration, obituaries, Restaurant Reports, JeepFest, the proposed water park, and of course new business openings. Additionally, there are so many other great articles of interest such as gardening, parenting, recipes, and editorials.
A large contingent of Ball Ground residents witnessed the historic Tate Railroad Depot being moved to its new home, thanks to your coverage. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have known about it. As many of our residents were employed by Georgia Marble, features on the history of the marble industry in Pickens County are always appreciated. Please do print more articles about Pickens County towns. The Tate School article was excellent. Tell everyone about Talking Rock, Marble Hill, Yellow Creek, Jerusalem, Hill City, Hinton, Ludville, and Nelson. Ball Ground residents want to learn more about our surrounding area and unfortunately that information isn’t always available in our county paper. It can be available in the Progress and folks here in Ball Ground are ready to “read all about it”. We hope folks in Pickens will embrace our news too.
Beth Bryant Ingram
Jasper Native & Ball Ground Resident
I would like to thank all of the people who worked for days setting up the tables and organizing the books for the recent used book sale, as well as those who worked at the sale, everyone who donated books, the employees of our county library, the Pickens Progress for publicizing the event, and Chattahoochee Technical College for providing a venue, as well as all of you who purchased books. If I have left out anyone, please forgive the oversight.
To those of you who have never shopped at the sale, I encourage you to do so next year. There are hundreds (or possibly thousands?) of books for sale at incredible prices (50 cents, 75 cents, $1, $2, and $3). Some look as if they just came off the shelf at a book store. Others have been well loved and show their age. In addition, DVDs and other electronic media items are on sale.
Keep an eye on the Progress about this time next year. I think you would enjoy the experience and might find some wonderful holiday gifts as well as a bountiful supply for your own reading pleasure.
The NRA is not a club.
It is a Weapons Lobby for the Arms Industry.
Every time there is a mass shooting they get free multi- million dollar advertising, 24/7 coverage on TV, radio and social media.
The victims are pushed to the background and it becomes a debate about the second amendment and the right to bear arms.
Every time there is a mass shooting the NRA plays on the fears of others and becomes wealthier, as people run out to buy more guns and bigger and bigger weapons.
It was recently pointed out there have been over 100 mass murders in the U.S.. When President Reagan was shot, he was surrounded by 16 armed men, some with sub-machine guns. Guns are Not the solution, they're the problem.
There is No incentive for the NRA to want the killing of innocent men, women and children to stop, when they are rewarded every time people die at the hands of someone with a gun.
The Pickens County Progress has been reporting plans to open a Dollar General store at Cove Road and Grandview Road. Let’s leave the “What Ifs” out of this for now.Letters Welcomed
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