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Photo contest supports local newspapers

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you could win $250

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 Georgia Press Association (GPA) is offering a $250 cash prize to the winner of a social media contest running for the rest of the month.  Georgia residents can enter the contest by taking a creative photograph with their favorite local paper that is a member of the Georgia Press Association (The Pickens Progress is a member). Contest entries should be posted on Instagram or Twitter, accompanied with the hashtag #ReadLocalGA.  A winner will be selected April 1, 2014. No purchase is necessary to enter. 

Georgia’s unemployment rate declines to 7.3 percent

 gasealATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.3 percent in January, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in December. The rate was 8.6 percent in January a year ago. 
“This is the seventh consecutive month that the unemployment rate has declined,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “The rate fell because 15,928 more Georgians were employed and the number of new layoffs for January fell to the lowest level in eight years.” 

How will SPLOST be used?

    Pickens County Seal


     A proposed SPLOST with projected collections of $30 million will appear on the May 20 ballot, with a strong focus on infrastructure and services.
    Pickens County Commission Chair Rob Jones and Jasper Mayor John Weaver are scheduled to speak at the 

Grease coming to PHS stage


PHS Theatre is preparing to present GREASE the musical on April 3, 4, 5 at 7 p.m. at the Pickens High Performing Arts Center. Presale tickets are available in the PHS front office, $8 adults; $5 students; and $10 at the door the nights of the show.

See more high school news, inlcuding their recent AP honors in tomorrow's Progress.

Read Across America Day at Pickens schools      Pickens County District Commissioner Becky Denney reads to students Renee Walker's Fourth Grade Class at Harmony Elementary for Read Across America Day, a celebration held on or near Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2. 

     "Literacy is the foundation of every child's education. It opens doorways to opportunity, transports us across time and space, and binds family and friends closer together," President Barak Obama said in a recent statement about Read Across America Day. "When parents, educators, librarians, and mentors read