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Education top dog for new animal shelter director


   Pickens County Animal Control Director Cindy Wilson with one of the dozens of cats and kittens at the Camp Road shelter.


     Pickens County Animal Control Shelter Director Cindy Wilson has only been on the county payroll for two months, but already she sees the need to beef up public education about the importance of spaying, neutering, and other animal care basics.
    “I’ve always known education about spaying and neutering was a huge problem,” said Wilson, wife of Hill City Elementary School Principal Dr. Carlton Wilson and 30-year manager of metro-Atlanta banks. “Now I feel a big responsibility to help other people learn how to keep their animals


"The Biggest Loser" to hold casting call in Atlanta




The Progress has five "front of the line passes" for the Atlanta casting call. I --All the passes have been claimed. Good luck.





The popular NBC reality series “The Biggest Loser” is launching an 11-city, cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show. Individuals who have at least 80 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season.

‘Nettes and Dragons Headed to Track Sectionals



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 Alyssa Weaver (leading) and Mollie Shaw (#5) of the ‘Nettes ran strong in the 3200 Meter Run this past Friday at the Region 7AAAA Championships. Weaver won  (12:14.25) and Shaw finished 4th (12:32.32) as both will go on to next Saturday’s Sectionals and the chance to qualify for State. Weaver also finished 4th to qualify in the 1600 Meter Run (5:34.96).




     Thankfully, the weather cooperated this time as the PHS Track & Field Teams traveled to Dalton High School last Thursday and Friday for the Region 7AAAA Track & Field Championships. The teams turned in some outstanding performances, qualifying a total of 8 individual athletes along with the Dragon 4 X 400 Team for next Saturday’s Sectional Meet in Carrollton.

     Day 1 saw four ‘Nettes qualify for Friday’s Region Finals in their events as Kamish Langston (100 Meter Dash), Sydney Romine (400 Meter Dash, 300 Meter Hurdles), and Sarah Ballard (800 Meter Run) turned in strong performances to stay alive for another day. Alyssa Weaver went ahead and punched her ticket to Carrollton and next Saturday’s Sectional Meet with a 4th place finish amongst a strong field in the 1600 Meter Run (5:34.96).  Also scoring for the ‘Nettes on Thursday was Allison Dowdy in the Pole Vault (6th / 6’0”).


     The Dragons then placed 7 athletes in Friday’s Finals as Carey Cunningham (400 Meter Dash), Drew Bellows and Wyatt Ingram (800 Meter Run), the 4 X 100 Meter Relay Team (Tyler Craig, Carey Cunningham, Deondre Green, and Kalyn Brooks) all made it into the top 8 in their qualifying heats. Drew Bellows feet must have been smoking hot as he topped the field in the 1600 Meter Run Final, finishing first in 4:37.71.  Tyler Craig then proved he could also soar through the air very well without the aid of a pole as he finished 3rd in the Triple Jump with a distance of 42’5” to qualify for Sectionals.


Motorists need to watch for potholes on Camp Road




City of Jasper Water Dept. employees re-routing lines on Camp Road. County crews will be re-paving this road when the lines are re-connected.



      Motorists are advised to slow down and watch for potholes and work along Camp Road, between the jail and the community center, for the next several weeks.
    Commissioner Rob Jones said Camp Road was already in poor repair and waterline re-routing underway by the City of Jasper has made it even worse. The city crews are re-routing the main line and re-connecting all the houses. This work has required digging up some sections of the existing asphalt.


Q&A with superintendent on recent cuts


     The Progress this week sent Pickens County School Superintendent Ben Desper a list of questions regarding the recent teacher lay-offs as well as his own contract, which has been the subject of controversy.
    Dr. Desper responded to those questions by e-mail and they can be found in our print or online editions --- on sale now.