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It’s time to hunt some Easter eggs


Damon Howell / Photo

Local children enjoyed overfilling their Easter baskets at Cornerstone Church’s Easter egg hunt last Saturday. There are more hunts and numerous church services planned for the Easter holiday. You can find information on all the Easter activities  throughout this week’s paper.

Chamber responds to open records request

     In an effort to provide transparency to taxpayers, the Pickens Progress requested information about tax money sent to the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce from the Pickens County and City of Jasper governments for economic development. 

The Open Records request came after the legitimacy of Pickens County Economic Development Director Gerry Nechvatal’s dismissal by the Pickens County and Jasper Economic Development Council (EDC) was called into question. 

Century-old Ball Ground home damaged by fire;

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      A 29-year-old female occupant of this residence in Ball Ground heard an explosion and discovered smoke and flames. Thankfully, there were no injuries after the woman rescued both her seven-month-old daughter and family pet. Because of the quick response of Station 2 of the Cherokee County Fire Department located in Ball Ground, the flames were contained to a rear corner of this 108-year-old one-story wooden structure located at 155 Depot Street.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer


A home purported to be over 100 years old was damaged by a fire last Friday afternoon, March 23rd. No one was injured in the blaze which occurred at 155 Depot Street in Ball Ground.

According to a statement released by the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, "The 29-year-old female occupant of the home...heard an explosion and went to the back of the house to investigate and saw smoke and flames." 

Pickens 16th healthiest county in state, 6th best quality of life




Pickens County is ranked as Georgia’s 16th healthiest county, behind #1 Forsyth, #2 Oconee and #3 Cherokee. Gilmer ranked 36th and Dawson 23rd.

  The 2018 County Health Rankings, released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, showed affluent suburban counties as Georgia’s healthiest.

  After Forsyth, which is northeast of Atlanta, the next four are Oconee, Cherokee, Fayette, and Gwinnett counties. They are followed by Columbia, Cobb, Harris, Paulding and Coweta.

Two children severely burned in fire

Blaze sends eight to hospital

franklin goldmine fire

By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer


Tragedy struck a northeastern Cherokee County family on Tuesday night, March 13th, when their home was totally destroyed by fire. The Franklin Gold Mine Road fire left eight members of the family injured, including three adults and five children. Two of the children remain in critical but stable condition early this week.

According to a Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services press release, Cherokee County 911 received a call from a neighbor reporting the house next door was on fire. Shortly after 11 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the scene. Squad 4 from the Free Home Fire Station was the first to arrive on the scene and reported that the one story wooden structure was "fully involved."