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Talking Rock Heritage Days this weekend


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By Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer


Fall is a special time in north Georgia. It is a time looked forward to by many. The leaves are changing and bursting with color and it is festival time. Throughout the region, communities are having fairs and festivals. Talking Rock is no exception.

Talking Rock, the small town in north Pickens County, has its Heritage Festival. Always held on the third weekend of October it is special. What makes it special? The people in the town are the main ingredient. These folks take pride in their town and its history. The town was chartered in 1883 and has not changed much as far as its people are concerned.

After seven years, Ball Ground project finally clears bureaucratic hurdles

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     At the most recent Ball Ground City Council meeting, City Manager Eric Wilmarth discussed in detail the plans for the long-anticipated Valley Street Streetscapes project. 


By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer


Bids have been awarded in the long-anticipated street scapes project for Ball Ground's Valley Street. The city received a federal grant for the project in 2011, but governmental red-tape delayed the project until now.

At the city council meeting on October 11th, and in what could be described as an understatement, Mayor Rick Roberts said, "All kinds of rules are involved when it comes to federal dollars." Because of the delay and resulting inflationary increases in project costs, some plans had to be scrapped.

New businesses coming

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One of the many business that have joined the Pickens landscape, construction at Twin’s Car Wash is in full swing. Other new businesses run the gamut from funeral homes to laser tag centers to an “old-school” weightlifting gym. 


     Over the last few months the city and county have seen some increased activity in the business sector, with several new businesses now open or in some phase of the permitting and construction process. Here is a list of recent happenings in Jasper and the surrounding areas. The following are businesses that came to our attention through city hall, advertising, and other sources, and is not a comprehensive list. 


See list of some of the new businesses in town in this week's print or online editions. 

PHS Theatre presents The Drowning Girls

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     The Drowning Girls, L-R: Katie Burdett, Hannah Hardison and Lila McArthur.

     Come out and support the back to back region one act drama champions from Pickens High School Theatre this Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 20 at 9 a.m.  The talented students will present the chilling true story of The Drowning Girls.

This gripping story unfolds as "the brides of the Bath,"  Katie Burdett, Hannah Hardison and Lila McArthur, reveal their tragic fates to the audience. The story is told from the perspective of the three victims of serial killer George Joseph Smith, played by Sean Little and is set in Victorian-era England.  

Progress state races political forum Tuesday


The Pickens Progress will sponsor a political forum for state races on October 16th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pickens County Administration Building in the Pickens Room.

The forum will feature races for the state legislature that include Pickens County:

• State Senate District 54 with incumbent Chuck Payne and challenger Michael Morgan.

• State House District 11 with incumbent Rick Jasperse and challenger Lee Shiver.

• Steve Gooch, running unopposed, in Senate District 51 will address the public.

The Progress’ Ball Ground correspondent Larry Cavender, who has received high marks for his handling of previous forums, will again moderate the event.