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Female mechanic opens exotic garage

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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.  

Graves applauds Trump for advancing Keystone Pipeline


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order advancing the Keystone XL Pipeline:


“I applaud President Trump for advancing the Keystone XL Pipeline, which Republicans in Congress pushed the Obama administration to approve for years. Construction of the pipeline will support more than 40,000 jobs and add billions of dollars to our economy. It was subject to five safety and environmental reviews by the State Department, and is even supported by labor unions. This action will make a real difference to all of the Americans who will have the opportunity to work and support their families as a result of this pipeline.”

According to the State Department, construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will support approximately 42,100 jobs and roughly $2 billion in earnings throughout the country.


Ga. Supreme Court releases opinions: members of rap group convicted of murder


     The Supreme Court of Georgia is today releasing 13 opinions, 10 of which involve murder convictions. In addition, there are three lawyer disciplinary opinions.

      In today’s opinions, the high court has upheld murder convictions and life prison sentences for:

  * Ramel Brown (Fulton)                                     BROWN V. THE STATE (S16A1530)

 * James English (Dodge Co.)                                    ENGLISH V. THE STATE (S16A1754)

 * Gregory Joseph Johnson (Mitchell Co.)            JOHNSON V. THE STATE (S16A1649)

Cowboy Church gallops off to Trump inauguration


cowboy-church “Cowboy people are probably the most patriotic people in the world,” Victoria Grant, Rebecca Hampton (Tuxe the horse) Ava Coxe, Abbey Bailey and Victoria Adams get ready to attend the Trump inauguration. And, yes, they plan on wearing their cowboy hats in Washington Friday.
Staff Reports

    A group of young women and adult leaders from Cowboy Church in Jerusalem  will leave Wednesday to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20 in Washington, D.C.
    The youths all said they are excited to witness firsthand the inauguration ceremony at the capitol in Washington.
    Ava Coxe, who came up through the Cowboy Church program and now attends Shorter College, said, “This is such a great opportunity for us to go and see something that is historic.”