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Albert the Barber relocates after nearly five decades

“The amount of support has been amazing,” says Palace Barber Shop owner

    On his last day at the old location on Stegall Drive, barber Albert Hamrick cuts the hair of Jackson Hodge, a second generation customer who has been visiting Palace Barber Shop for four years. The new shop, located just two blocks north,­­ is already open.


    Tucked discreetly off Stegall Drive, Albert Hamrick has become a Jasper landmark serving generations of customers from his modest barber shop over the last 46 years.

Photo contest supports local newspapers

Take a creative photo of you and The Progress and

you could win $250

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 Georgia Press Association (GPA) is offering a $250 cash prize to the winner of a social media contest running for the rest of the month.  Georgia residents can enter the contest by taking a creative photograph with their favorite local paper that is a member of the Georgia Press Association (The Pickens Progress is a member). Contest entries should be posted on Instagram or Twitter, accompanied with the hashtag #ReadLocalGA.  A winner will be selected April 1, 2014. No purchase is necessary to enter. 

Georgia’s unemployment rate declines to 7.3 percent

 gasealATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.3 percent in January, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in December. The rate was 8.6 percent in January a year ago. 
“This is the seventh consecutive month that the unemployment rate has declined,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “The rate fell because 15,928 more Georgians were employed and the number of new layoffs for January fell to the lowest level in eight years.” 

How will SPLOST be used?

    Pickens County Seal


     A proposed SPLOST with projected collections of $30 million will appear on the May 20 ballot, with a strong focus on infrastructure and services.
    Pickens County Commission Chair Rob Jones and Jasper Mayor John Weaver are scheduled to speak at the 

Grease coming to PHS stage


PHS Theatre is preparing to present GREASE the musical on April 3, 4, 5 at 7 p.m. at the Pickens High Performing Arts Center. Presale tickets are available in the PHS front office, $8 adults; $5 students; and $10 at the door the nights of the show.

See more high school news, inlcuding their recent AP honors in tomorrow's Progress.