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Cancer survivors invited to celebration dinner

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    (Jasper, GA ) ⎯ The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Pickens County encourages cancer survivors and their caregivers to attend a dinner in celebration of life and hope on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
    The Annual American Cancer Society Survivors’ Dinner will take place at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in the Mountain Tyme Café.  Piedmont Mountainside Hospital will offer a complimentary meal to each cancer survivor and his or her guest.  Space at the Survivors’ Dinner is limited to

For some, fire insurance rates skyrocket

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    Fire Chief Bob Howard points to the Tate fire district on a map that outlines the different fire districts in Pickens County. The blue dots represent fire stations. Pickens has two districts with residents that are considered “unprotected” by ISO, the fire preparedness rating agency.

     Some Pickens residents, especially those in the west, may have had to do a double take when they opened their latest home owners’ insurance bill.
    According to Pickens County Fire Chief Bob Howard, that’s because insurance providers are cracking down on rules they’ve already had in place. This action has translated to increased premiums – double, and sometimes triple – for homeowners.
    “I’m getting complaints every day. With all the losses insurance companies have experienced in the last few years, they are getting very strict about their policies,” Howard said.

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April is Prevent Child Abuse Month in Pickens

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      Commissioner Robert Jones signed the proclamation on April 4 declaring April as Prevent Child Abuse month. Surrounding Mr. Jones were supporters and service providers working on the problem of child abuse in Pickens County.

Sports columnist weighs in on baseball's first week

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Pickens County Progress Sports Columnist Tommy Gartrell

By Tommy Gartrell
    One week into the professional baseball season, we have seen a bit of everything including near Yu Darvish’s “almost perfect” game in Texas, Sandy Koufax’s return to Dodger Stadium and thunder and lightning in Atlanta. Where do the Braves stand? How is the Atlanta-Arizona trade looking thus far?