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$38 coffee start-up thinks big

“It’s time that business owners in Pickens County know what’s going on in New York City,” Georgia Bean Roasters owner says


    Georgia Bean Roasters owner Brain Cain pours a batch of “Stop the Press,” a special blend he created for the Progress.

     Pickens resident Brian Cain opens a plastic baggy filled with Eight O’Clock brand coffee beans and asks me to take a whiff.
     The co-owner and CEO of Nelson-based Georgia Bean Roasters then pulls out a 1/2 pound bag of a special blend named “Stop the Press” – which he created specifically for the interview – and asks me to do the same thing. 
     As you might expect there was no comparison between the mass-produced beans and the small-batch, gourmet coffee he roasted in his basement earlier that day.

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Despite rain, Laying of Stones ceremony well attended

Click on the image below to see a video of the dedication ceremony.





 The dedication ceremony at Pickens' new 107-acre park on top of Oglethorpe Mountain was well attended despite the heavy fog. Be sure to check out next week's edition for a full account of the event and details about the park, which is a gift from Ken and Billie Ann Rice. The story did not make this week's early Christmas edition, but here is a video from park board member John Feight.

Secretary of State Advises Georgians on charitable donations


ATLANTA (Dec. 19, 2013) – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp offers advice to individuals planning to donate to charitable organizations during the holiday season. As Secretary of State, Kemp serves as Georgia’s charities regulator.

Camera manufacturer creates 65 jobs in Pickens County

Orlaco invests in new headquarters in Jasper


From Georgia Department of Economic Development

ATLANTA, Dec. 17 — The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced today that Orlaco, a global manufacturer of camera solutions for heavy equipment, on-road truck, crane and fork lift manufacturers, will open its first U.S.-based office and warehouse in Pickens County, creating 65 jobs over the next five years.

Trial set for Samurai sword killing

Case transferred to juvenile court




The trial of a 17-year-old accused of killing his step-father with a single stab from a Samurai sword appears to be headed for trial in January, a year after the fatal argument at a basement apartment in a Preserve at Sharp Mountain subdivision home.

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Family of victim disappointed 

by court’s handling of case


The mother and a brother of Christopher Allen, the victim in the Samurai sword killing in November 2012, expressed disappointment with the way the case had been handled in the Pickens court system.

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