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American Pickers coming to area



Mike Wolfe doesn’t just believe “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” No. Wolfe embodies dumpster diving. For him, garbage gleaning is an art; one he continues to perfect each week on HBO’s hit show “American Pickers,” which airs on the History Channel. And pretty soon, Wolfe and buddy Frank Fritz could be gracing the back roads and barns of rural Cherokee County, if we’ve got enough “rusty gold” to get them here!

Truck crashes into Hwy. 53 home

truck in house

See complete story with comments from those in the house and from Ga. State Patrol  in this week's print and e-editions.


Hwy. 53 East  is closed Monday morning after 18-wheeler overturned and slammed into a house along the route. Amazingly, there were no serious injuries. The truck driver was injured with a possible broken arm, according to an official on the scene.

  The truck ended up in the bedroom of person who had already gone to work. Other people were home but on a different side of the house.

  Cleanup is underway and is expected to last through mid-morning.





PHS wrestler Koby Milner wins state


Koby Milner took the 4A title at 106 pounds and he did so in dominating fashion.


Heading into this past weekend’s GHSA State Wrestling Tournament, it had been ten years since the Pickens County Wrestling Team had seen one of its wrestlers get his hand raised in the finals. That wait came to an end this past weekend at the Macon Centreplex as Sophomore Koby Milner won the Dragon’s first state championship of any kind in the last decade. Milner took the 4A title at 106 pounds and he did so in dominating fashion.

   Milner has had one of the great seasons in Pickens Wrestling history. He lost only three times all year. Two of those losses came to Bryce Davis of Creekview, who won the 106 pound state title for 5A. “He has consistently been our best wrestler all year,” stated Head Coach Grady Flanagan. “In addition to his ability on the mat, Koby is also very humble and willing to work with other wrestlers. He is like having another coach in the room.” Aside from his three losses, Milner racked up 43 wins this season and added to his already impressive list of medals six more individual tournament titles, an area championship, and now a state championship.

See complete story in next week's Progress.


Deputy on paid leave for an incident that involved the shooting of a neighbor’s dog

 Sheriff Office press release

On February 9, 2015, a report was filed with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office involving an off duty deputy shooting his neighbor’s dog.

The original complaint was immediately referred to the Internal Affairs Unit of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office. In addition to the active Internal Affairs Investigation, Sheriff Donnie Craig has requested the assistance of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney Office to complete an independent criminal investigation as well.

The deputy involved in the incident was Deputy Blake McFarland. Deputy McFarland’s assignment with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office was in the Uniform Patrol Division as a Canine Handler. Deputy McFarland has remained on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal and criminal investigation.

We can confirm that the shooting did not involve the use of an agency issued weapon. Due to the active nature of the investigation, no additional details will be released until it is completed. 

Reinhardt names Dr. Kina Mallard as 20th president


On behalf of the students at Reinhardt University, Alex Bryant (left), president of Student Government Association, presents Dr. Kina Mallard, Reinhardt’s 20th president, and her husband, Steve Dietz, with an engraved door knocker to welcome the two to their new home.


On Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, the Board of Trustees of Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., announced the selection of Dr. Kina S. Mallard as the institution's 20th president during a press conference in the Science Center atrium. She was chosen by a vote of the full board on Feb. 10, and she will assume the office on July 1, 2015. Her selection completed a thorough seven-month search.