Congressman Doug Collins office/ Photo
9th District Congressman Doug Collins, left, talks with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Collins was highly complimentary of the administration in an interview Thursday.
U.S. House members who represent Pickens County expressed confidence that President Donald Trump is off to a great start and that there is a newfound hope in Washington during telephone interviews last Thursday.
“I have never been as excited as I have been the last few months since I was sworn in [in 2010],” said Congressman Tom Graves, a Republican from Ranger who represents the west half of Pickens County as part of his 14th district.
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STARS - Teacher Wil Nix and student Jonathan Friedman.
Optimist Club of Jasper
Jonathan Friedman has been named the 2017 STAR Student of Pickens High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR Program. Friedman is the son of Aury and Patti Friedman of Talking Rock. He has selected Mr. Wil Nix as his STAR Teacher.
The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, is administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). Since its inception in 1958 the STAR program has honored nearly 26,000 students and the teachers selected as the most influential to their academic achievement. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors
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Pickens sheriff detectives and command staff make the second arrest in one week of suspects who came here seeking sex with a minor Friday. Both men had been communicating online with what they thought were teen girls, but in reality was an account operated by a detective.
While Russell Michael King was being handcuffed in front of the Waffle House Friday night, Detective Steven Holmes, a large man with close cut hair and dark stubble introduced himself as “I’m [a name that matches an online profile of a 14-year-old girl].”
King, a 43-year-old from Lavonia, Ga., had found a teen account operated by the sheriff detective; initiated contact, began sexual talk, sent a photo of his genitals and arranged to meet at Waffle House in south Jasper Friday night. He was charged with electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor and child molestation.
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Disabled veteran Mike Johnson, right, with wife Vickie and Love thy Neighbor Chaplain John Naves. Naves and others in the community, including veterans’ groups are helping the Johnsons get on their feet.
Two weeks ago the Progress published a story about disabled veteran Mike Johnson and his wife Vickie, a homeless couple struggling with serious health issues – and the community has responded with a generous outpouring of support.
The Johnsons lost their home and belongings after Mike was sent to the hospital for nine weeks with pneumonia. He is also on a waiting list for a heart transplant and has diabetes.