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Track Pickens resident on Georgia to California run

Jack Fussell wants to raise $250,000 for Alzheimer’s Association
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Talking Rock resident Jack Fussell with the stroller he is carrying in his across-the-country run.
  A few months ago the Progress interviewed Jack Fussell, a Talking Rock man who set a goal for himself to run across the country alone to raise money for Alzheimer’s.
    Fussell, who became known in the area for losing over 100 pounds running up and down the stairs at Amicalola Falls, set off on his 3,419 mile journey on January 12, and you can now track his progress by visiting either his Facebook page or his website.

Strange lights captured on smartphone video

 

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There is clearly something on Kris Mountain’s cell phone video shot January 13 at around 8 p.m. in the Price Creek area.

It’s hard to describe, but whatever it is, it flitters and darts across the night sky and it changes color. One Progress employee described it as looking like a moth flying around a light at night – until it started changing color.

PHS forms partnership with school in Belarus

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    Members of the Dragons’ Lair high school newspaper staff interview the delegation from Belarus and PHS staff about the partnership which may one day be expanded to include teacher and student exchanges.

By Laiken Owens
PHS student reporter

    Pickens High School is beginning a new program with a school that is not so familiar to this county or country. PHS has recently announced a partnership with Byelorussian School #36, located in Gomel, Belarus. The two schools hope this relationship will allow students to learn about each other’s country, culture, and what the youth do around the world.
     Another goal of partnering is to “form a friendship between us, to learn from each other,” said Ms. Ivanovna, Principal of the Byelorussian School.

Artists, sponsors wanted for Jasper ArtFest

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Click on the ArtFest flyer above to be redirected to their website.     

     Despite being plagued by sketchy weather the first two years, Jasper ArtFest organizers are going full steam ahead planning the third annual art event, held the third weekend in April. 
    “We aren’t trying to make money on this,” said Ron Barnes, ArtFest head organizer. “This is something for the community, to support the arts community and bring people into town to enjoy what we have in Jasper.”

Follow this link to find artists applications and sponsorship forms.

Jones discusses challenges of three-person board

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Commissioner Jerry Barnes, Commission Chair Rob Jones and Commissioner Becky Denney.

     Commission Chairman Rob Jones estimated it will take four to six months to get used to the changes involving the three-member commission that replaced the sole commissioner form of government on Jan. 1.
    Jones, who served as the final sole commissioner in Pickens County, said there are a lot of restrictions involving open meetings they are treating very cautiously.