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Progress celebrates 125 years as your hometown paper


     This week the Progress is marking its 125th anniversary with a special anniversary edition. Inside this week's paper you'll find a history of the Progress from 1887 to 2012, a copy of the front page from an 1899 edition and reflections for former Progress editor Martha Edge Pool. Print editions are on sale now, or follow this link to sign up for the e-edition.

Georgia's best historical book of the year announced


The Georgia Historical Society has named Writing The South Through The Self by John C. Inscoe as the recipient of its 2012 Malcolm Bell Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award. Given for the best book on Georgia history published in the previous year, the award is named in honor of Malcolm Bell, Jr., and Muriel Barrow Bell in recognition of their contributions to the recording of Georgia's history. Published by University of Georgia Press, Writing The South Through The Self is a series of essays on the southern experience as reflected in the life stories of those who lived it, and explores the emotional and psychological dimensions of what it has meant to be southern.

Givens sentenced to life for 2010 Whitestone murders

    FRONT-Givens      Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Roger Bradley has sentenced Charles William "Billy" Givens to life in prison without parole for the double murder of Laura Schell and Wayne Alan Poole, Jr. at Whitestone in July 2010. Givens also committed aggravated assault against Robbie Payne at the same crime scene, when he shot Payne in the face. Payne survived.

You can find the rest of this story in the print or online e-edition.

Springtime means bear sighting time

bearinfieldSubmitted by Melissa Cummings

Communications/Outreach Specialist

Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division


     Seeing a black bear in Georgia, even in metro Atlanta, is not unusual, especially during spring. That’s because during spring and summer, young male bears that are “on their own” for the first time sometimes venture into suburbs and even urban areas.

Adult males typically force these young males out of familiar territory in what would be considered traditional bear range. The young bears roam as they try to establish their own territory.

16-year-old killed by SWAT sniper following standoff in Cherokee


     Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an armed person call Tuesday afternoon at approximately 5:50pm. The location of the incident was 921 Laurel Crest Drive inside the Eagle Watch subdivision.  Responding deputies determined a 16 year old male was armed with a 357 Magnum revolver and had threatened to shoot his mother. The mother, who was the 911 caller, was safely removed from the house; however the suspect remained barricaded inside the residence.