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County pays pond owner $26K for mud in water

       Pickens County Seal

        Runoff from construction of the  parking lot behind the courthouse cost the county $26,000 to satisfy a nearby homeowner whose pond was filled with silt. 

As a result of complaints from Jasper resident Ken Alston regarding sediment and mud that filled a pond on his property on Laurel Lane, a check in that amount was made out directly to Alston.  

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Man seeks arrest of county officials for not issuing fine to neighbor


Bethany resident Ronald Stanger says county officials should be held accountable for not issuing a fine when the driveway behind him was put in without a permit. Stanger also objects to the lack of buffer protection offered in county codes.


         Citizens arrest warrants were filed last week in Magistrate Court against two county officials by an Upper Bethany homeowner claiming they broke the law by not carrying out their duties.

Single mother killed in head-on collision


Described as an outstanding person with a big heart, Kristen Adams died in a car wreck February 28th, a fund has been established for her two children.

Kristen Elaine Adams, 28, of Jasper was killed instantly Saturday morning when she ran head-on into a tractor-trailer on Hwy. 575.

The wreck occurred just north of Airport Road in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 28th. Georgia State Patrol Post Commander Tim Nichols said authorities didn’t know where Adams

Optimists present STAR profiles

See two page spread in this week's Progress for a profile of all the STAR students for 2015.


The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday evening, March 5. The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper.   

Ms. Cathy Cox, president of Young Harris College, will be the guest speaker for the 2015 Banquet. This year the Optimists will recognize the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR finalists.  Each student and teacher was given a questionnaire and below you will find responses from each of this year’s STARs.

The STAR Student for 2015 is Andrew Haygood and he chose Mr. Michael Oubre as his STAR Teacher.

optimist star profile

Execution date set for Georgia inmate


Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Brian Keith Terrell, who is currently scheduled to be executed on March 10, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. for the 1992 murder of seventy-year-old John Watson at his Covington home.

Scheduled Execution


On Feb. 27, 2015, the Superior Court of Walton County filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Brian Keith Terrell may occur to begin at noon, March 10, 2015, and ending seven days later at noon on March 17, 2015. Terrell has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.

Terrell’s Crime (June 22, 1992)

The Georgia Supreme Court summarized the facts of the case as follows:

The evidence at Terrell’s last trial suggested the following facts. Terrell’s mother was a close friend of the victim, John Watson, and Watson had also been friendly with Terrell.