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New park gets back to nature

Jasper park allows bicycles, dogs & foot traffic


     The trails at Jasper’s new 60-acre park off Hood Road are wide enough to drive your car on - but signage clearly points out that motorized vehicles are against the rules.
    That’s because the park, named after former Jasper councilmember Doris Wigington, is meant to have a back-to-nature feel.
    “The idea is that you will feel like you’re in a national park, walking on the trails in the woods,” said Jasper Mayor John Weaver. “We want it to be as close to nature as you can get in the city - it’s basically a nature trail.”
     For the rest of this story and to see a map of trails at the new park check out our print or online editions.

700 attend "Wizard of Oz" production


                                                                                                                                 Photo by Melissa Bradley
     In one scene of Hill City Elementary's production of "The Wizard of Oz" this past Friday, April 25, Dorothy walks through a forest of trees with the friends she picks up along her journey. The trees, pictured above, were played by several Hill City students dressed in brown and green with leaf crowns and apples. See this week's Progress for a full cast photo of the 90 students who participated, and a write-up about the production --- on sale Wednesday.

Across America on a bicycle, the journey begins


Mike McGhee on his fully-loaded touring bike during his last training ride.

When Progress readers last heard from Mike McGhee, the retired veterinarian had just completed hiking the Appalachian Trail – completing the four-month trek had been one of his “bucket list” goals in retirement.

That was in 2012.

Now McGhee, who operated Wayside Animal Clinic before selling it a few years ago, is departing this week for the next major item on his bucket list – a coast-to-coast bicycle trip across America.


Early voting underway



    Pickens voters may begin casting ballots at the Pioneer Road election office beginning Monday, April 28 in early voting for the May 20 Primary Election, with one local commissioner seat (for Pickens’ western district); two school board seats and a SPLOST referendum up for decision.

Jasperse's gun bill signed into law


Gov. Nathan Deal signs GA House Bill 60 into law at the ETC Pavilion in Ellijay Wednesday. Also pictured, from left, are Georgia House Rules Committee Chairman John Meadows, District 68 Rep. Dustin Hightower, District 30 Rep. Emory Dunahoo Jr, District 11 Rep. Rick Jasperse (who represents Pickens County and sponsored the legislation commonly referred to simply as "the gun bill") and GA House Speaker David Ralston. 

Coverage courtesy of Michael Andrews, Ellijay Times Courier