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Why does your mom deserve a makeover?

Jasper businesses unite for Mother’s Day Makeover essay contest



       Do you think your mom is the best thing since sliced bread? If you can sum up her awesomeness in a short essay she may win a free makeover and gifts courtesy of several downtown businesses.
    “We have been here for eight months and we’re doing so much better than what we had hoped for,” said John Watkins, who co-owns Coco’s Cottage with wife Nancy. “We have just felt really welcomed in the community and wanted to give back in some way and they thought Mother’s Day was a


Ball Ground man in mobility contest (vote online)


Former Pickens County schools student and graduate, Roger Green, has entered a contest for National Mobility Month.  It is for "local  heroes"  who, despite their disability, have continued to move forward and do great things with their lives.  

Anyone that knows Roger is aware of just how positive and remarkable he is.  Rather than letting obstacles that he encounters due to his disability stop him, he just finds another way around them and moves forward.  He is inspiring to everyone around him!!  Please click on the link below and vote for Roger to win a new custom wheelchair accessible van from R&R mobility.  Voting is now until May 10th.

Declining deer population top issue for local hunters

    A group of about 20 people recently attended a hearing in Pickens on proposed changes to hunting regulations that would, if passed, cut the number of “doe days” to combat the state’s declining deer population.
    “There are a lot of proposed changes to the hunting regulations this year,” said Chuck Waters, Regional Supervisor for the Game Management Sector of the Northwest Georgia Department of Natural Resources who was present at the hearing at Amicalola EMC on Thursday, April 25. “Most of them were just minor housekeeping issues. The biggest change is the possibility of cutting out all of the doe days in December.”


Education top dog for new animal shelter director


   Pickens County Animal Control Director Cindy Wilson with one of the dozens of cats and kittens at the Camp Road shelter.


     Pickens County Animal Control Shelter Director Cindy Wilson has only been on the county payroll for two months, but already she sees the need to beef up public education about the importance of spaying, neutering, and other animal care basics.
    “I’ve always known education about spaying and neutering was a huge problem,” said Wilson, wife of Hill City Elementary School Principal Dr. Carlton Wilson and 30-year manager of metro-Atlanta banks. “Now I feel a big responsibility to help other people learn how to keep their animals


"The Biggest Loser" to hold casting call in Atlanta




The Progress has five "front of the line passes" for the Atlanta casting call. I --All the passes have been claimed. Good luck.





The popular NBC reality series “The Biggest Loser” is launching an 11-city, cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show. Individuals who have at least 80 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season.