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The future of this area: growth, taxes and government plans


By Gary Pichon, former Dawson Commissioner 

I read a piece in the paper the other day that was trying to imagine the future of the area and what might happen that could improve the lives of its citizens.  

About 30 years ago I moved up here to Pickens because I liked the place and the people and their ways. I still do and I can just about live anywhere in the country that I want to.  It suits me just fine.  

Now, my wife and I live right on the county line and our house is just inside Dawson County.  I was privileged to serve eight years as a county commissioner in Dawson County and I think I did more good than harm, maybe.  

Alabama man arrested after coming here, expecting sex with a minor

Edwin Brian Lumpkin's social media profile shot and book-in shot, both courtesy Pickens sheriff.
Pickens Sheriff Press Release

 Last night, January 26th, Pickens Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested Edwin Brian Lumpkin. Mr. Lumpkin, a 27-year-old man, drove to Pickens County from his home in Roanoke Alabama to meet who he believed to be a 15-year-old female. Mr. Lumpkin had been engaging in an online conversation with the young female and planned to meet for sex. Unfortunately for Mr. Lumpkin, the young female that he had been talking to online was a Pickens Sheriff’s Office Detective.

Meth trafficking arrest at Riverstone subdivision


A Riverstone Way woman, Nichole Kendall faces drug trafficking charges.

A 39-year-old woman was arrested January 5 for trafficking methamphetamine from her home in the Riverstone subdivision, an area not associated with drugs or crime, according to information released last week.

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Female mechanic opens exotic garage

elite-european 3470

Damon Howell / Photo

Elite European owner and technician Ashley Waller with the shop’s lead technician Michael Miller. Together, the team services and repairs high-end European cars including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Land Rover, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Ferrari and Lamborghini. 



Ashley Waller is the owner and technician at Elite European, an automotive repair facility in Jasper that specializes in luxury Italian, German and English cars including exotic brands like Ferrari and Lamborghini. Before moving back to Pickens County from California, Waller apprenticed and then worked for several years at Ferrari Beverly Hills and other high-end dealers.


Unzicker, Streeter and Mary Ann’s named the Chamber’s best of 2017


     Nancy Unzicker was named The 2017 Pickens County Citizen of the Year. The award is sponsored by ETC. Unzicker is pictured with her husband, John, and Gerry Nechvatal (R). 


By Max Caylor

Progress contributor 


     A community good time was had at the Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Winter Ball held Saturday at the historic Tate House. The event is a platform to award the Chamber of Commerce’s highest awards.

     The first recognition went to Ralph Streeter as the Chamber’s 2017 Ambassador of the Year.