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Red Cross launches 100 Days of Summer


Submitted by Kristen Stancil

    The American Red Cross kicks off its “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope” campaign on May 24, reminding blood donors that they can give hope to patients by rolling up a sleeve.
    “Every day this summer is a chance to give a lifesaving gift,” said Jerry J.K. Tillery, chief executive officer,

JeepFest expected to double in size


    JeepFest 2013 was big, but organizers say this year will be even bigger.

Plans call for only minor changes to the successful fall event.

     Online registration for Pickens County Sheriff’s JeepFest has only been open about a week, but already over 380 Jeep enthusiasts have signed up for the September event that has grown significantly since it began.
    “From what we are seeing on social media and feedback we are hearing our belief is that [JeepFest] will double

Defeat of incumbents shows need for better communication, says school board member


    School board member Byron Long, left, at an earlier campaign forum with incoming member Daniel Bell. Long says with the new members not taking office until January, cooperation between defeated incumbents and incoming members is crucial.

     Following the lopsided ousting of two incumbent school board members in the election last week, Byron Long, who ran unopposed in the primary, took time to talk with the Progress about the bitterness of the election and how he sees the school board moving ahead.

12-year-old recovering after bike accident

“God had in place who needed to be there,” says father

    Grayson Cleghorn, center, with her sister Shaeleigh, right. Neighbor Grace Henerey, left, provided medical assistance when Cleghorn stopped breathing.

     What started as a regular day of bike riding on her street ended in an emergency helicopter ride to Children’s Healthcare  at Scottish Rite for 12-year-old Grayson Cleghorn, who suffered serious head injuries after falling off her bicycle the Monday before Mother’s Day.

SPLOST wins by a landslide

Incumbent school board members beaten
Jerry Barnes wins re-election as west district commissioner


     Pickens voters overwhelmingly said yes to a one-cent sales tax to fund road improvements and overwhelmingly rejected two incumbent school board members.
    West District Commissioner Jerry Barnes was returned to office with a comfortable win over challenger Bart Connelly.

See this week's print or online edition for comments from candidates.