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Lines and curves: Guitarist turns love of music into works of art


Mike McElwee has a collection of art pieces that embody his deep appreciation for the beauty of lines.


A menagerie of guitars line the walls in Mike McElwee’s workshop and music room in the barn next to his home. McElwee has been playing for decades, but these days the Jasper resident shifted focus from playing gigs to paying homage to guitars through multi-dimensional sculptures that reflect the power and literalism he admires in art and in life.

Outreach office opens for victims of domestic violence and sex assault


The North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network (NGMCN) will open an outreach office in Pickens County effective Monday, November 6. 

Margy Lohman, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Pickens, and their board of directors have agreed to collaborate with the Crisis Network to offer space in their building located at 1222-C East Church Street in Jasper. 

Initially, the Crisis Network office will be staffed on Mondays and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offer services and resources to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Services include assistance with filing for Victim’s Compensation; Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs); referrals for counseling/therapy; support group; and more. 

Those in need of services can simply walk in during the hours of operation and receive assistance or call for a specific appointment. According to Mary Migliaro, executive director of the NGMCN, expanding the days and hours of operation is planned for the future to be based on the needs in Pickens County. For more information, call 706-632-8400.

Ga. high court upholds denial of popular podcast's request for audio recordings



Published Monday, October 30, 2017


Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .



            The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld a Floyd County judge’s ruling denying the request of the makers of a podcast series to copy a court reporter’s audio recordings made during a murder trial.

Undisclosed, the producer of the podcast about a Georgia murder, argued that under the Georgia Supreme Court’s 1992 ruling in Green v. Drinnon, a court reporter’s audio recordings are “court records” under Rule 21 of the Uniform Superior Court Rules and that Rule 21 provides the right to copy court records.

Growth dominates planning conversation


       The county held their third in the series of comprehensive planning meetings October 17 with an agenda of discussing goals for the community and land use.

Like the previous meetings in this series, however, the discussion quickly became a roundtable on growth. As one participant later described it, about half the people there were talking about how we could attract growth like we see in counties to the south and the other half were talking about how we could prevent growth like we see in counties to the south. [In our estimation the sides were not really even, with more speakers offering pro-growth opinions.]

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A hike around Doris Wigington Park finds nice trails, some problems

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A Progress reporter and a photographer took a field trip a few days after the forum to get a first-hand look. What we found were trails that are nice, despite some inclines that are a little steep and slippery from the gravel, but also a few things that might be contributing to people’s reservations about visiting.


         At a recent forum for Jasper City Council candidates, Doris Wigington Park, 60-acres of trails with entrances off Gennett Drive and Lumber Company Road, surfaced as a problem. 

The park, which has been given the unbecoming name “Raper Park” by nearby residents, goes largely unused. Councilmember Anne Sneve said it “has become an issue for us,” and that, “I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how we’re going to resolve that issue.”

 Candidate Doug Patterson went so far as to include the park in his platform. He said people are “scared,” and called for lighting, police presence, and golf trails that connect to Arbor Hills, the large subdivision that butts up to the park. (Golf trails were part of the original phase II plan for the park and part of the mayor’s larger vision for the area, but have yet to be completed.)        

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