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Father/son team raising money for all-ages music venue

“This isn’t about us putting on concerts,” organizer says,

“we want to really connect with the community.”

    Damien Allen and his father want to see a drug and alcohol-free music venue in Jasper that will eventually bring in touring acts from across the country. Make your donation at

     Anyone who has lived in Pickens has heard the complaint play like a broken record – “We like it here, but there’s nothing for kids to do in this town.”
    Damien Allen was one of those kids. He grew up near Nelson. He went to PHS and he now lives in town with his wife and two-year-old son.

PCMS Math Dragons place 2nd

By Stacy Jent, Gifted Coordinator

    The 6th grade math team at Pickens County Middle School travelled to Berry College on February 25 to defend their first place title from the fall. Team members Lauren Pitkins, Colby James, David Rivera, Ellie Pool, Tucker Martinez, Cash King, Mason Watkins and Jacob     Regnier gave it their best shot but came up short of first by just a matter of seconds. 

    Front: Jacob Regnier; back (l-r): Paula Henderson, Colby James, David Rivera, Mason Watkins, Tucker Martinez, Cash King, Ellie Pool, Lauren Pitkins, Amber Waters.

     After a morning of test-taking, timed ciphering and teamwork, PCMS found themselves tied for 1st with Armuchee Middle School with 270 points.  PCMS was unable to win the tie-breaker and came in a very close 2nd place. 

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.