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Editorials - Pickens Progress Online


Rep. Graves and Rep Collins: "Why We’re Still Working To Stop Obamacare"



By Rep. Tom Graves and Rep. Doug Collins

      We remain optimistic that Obamacare can and will be repealed. While the 2012 election results and the Supreme Court decision might seem to suggest otherwise, it’s important to remember that the law has just begun to take effect. In fact, Obamacare won’t be in full force until 2014.


Pickens/Gilmer alumni football game coming up


The Pickens and Gilmer alumni football game will be held Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m. at Huff Mosley Stadium in Gilmer County.

It is very important that you buy presell tickets. Half of the money goes to Pickens Touchdown Club and JYSA. We do not get any of the money from the gate, it goes to Alumni Football USA. Tickets are available at Jasper Drugs, Community Bank and Pickens Alumni players. Come out and support your players from the ’80s to 2011. Kids under 6 get in free.


Sen. Gooch Named Chairman of Transportation Committee



Sen. Steve Gooch (R- Dahlonega) has been named Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee for the 2013 - 2014 term by the SenateCommittee on Assignments.


“A strong transportation infrastructure is needed in order to encourage economic development investment and expansion in Georgia. As a former DOT board member and previous secretary of the Senate Transportation Committee, I have been involved in many discussions about the transportation needs of Georgia, and I am looking forward to continuing those discussions with my Senate colleagues,” said Sen. Gooch.


[See article on a recent talk with Senator Gooch and State Rep. Rick Jasperse in this week's print and e-edition now on sale.]


Star Banquet to recognize academic success




The 2013 STAR Banquet is set for Feb. 28, at Chattahoochee Technical College.

The Optimist Club of Jasper is the local sponsor of the STAR Program.

Mollie Shaw has been named the 2013 STAR Student of Pickens High School and she chose Debbie Grimes as her STAR Teacher.



Students - sitting (l-r): Eleanor Boothe, Elizabeth Ray, Mollie Shaw - 2013 STAR Student, Christopher Leicht, Taylor Boggus, Amber Shields, Rebecca Hyatt, David Lee, Brett Robertson, Gabriel Lott; teachers (l-r): Marcia Wright, Lynn Cantrell, Debbie Grimes - 2013 STAR Teacher (not pictured), Gail Culbreth, Tammy Duncan, Kevin Jacobs, Rodney Martin, Will Nix, Angela Quarles, Tony Young.


Steven Wilkie – PHS Teacher and Yearbook advisor / PHOTO


See complete story in this week's edition.


New Year’s Resolution to really know yourself

 Have a brutally honest conversation all alone


By Vicki Roberts

Certified Life Coach


            Most of us have had New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, exercise, quit smoking, etc.  Many of us have also gotten to the point where we don’t even attempt to fool ourselves any more, we know we won’t last more than a week or two. 

            I have a suggestion for a new resolution this year. Get to really know yourself. Become as self aware as you possibly can.  

            Most of us don’t even know how little we actually know why we do what we do and how we really feel. The main reason is that we are not truly honest with ourselves. We don’t want to see our faults and inadequacies, let alone try to do something about them. 

            Not everyone is going to like everyone. Some people will get on your nerves and there is nothing you can do about it. But, do you ever admit that sometimes when you don’t like someone, it’s because you see something in them that you don’t like about yourself? 

            Do you dislike lazy people because you hate that you are lazy? Do you find fault with people that judge other people before really knowing them because you do the same?  

            Have you every been really angry but if you dug deeper you would see that what you really are is hurt? If you find you don’t really like aspects of your personality,  you can change. But, before we can change we have to know what we really want to change about ourselves.