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Milk snake documented locally

milk snake

        Progress reader Linda Fleming sent this photo of a milk snake from her deck on Saturday, May 11th.

Fleming said before sending it to the Progress, she sent the photo to the DNR for identification.

Thomas Floyd, a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Wildlife Conservation, replied to her query, "Wow! That’s a rare milk snake! It’s nonvenomous....completely harmless...related to the king snake.”

The biologist added that this is a county first, as a milk snake had never officially been documented from Pickens County before.

Sheriff Craig takes pie in the face for kids

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Damon Howell / Photo

Karleigh Angle raised the most funds out of several teams during Prevent Child Abuse Pickens’ Blue Dress Campaign, which earned her the chance to throw a pie into the face of Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig. The campaign, wrapping up at the Woodbridge Inn on May 17 with a tea/luncheon for approximately 50 ladies, celebrated the non-profit’s 25 years of service to children and families in Pickens County.

Before taking a pie in the face, Sheriff Craig said, “All of us here know how hard it is to raise money for our organizations, and I tell you, you couldn’t have picked a better one to participate in and help with.”

Deadline extended to June 14th for military writing contest


       A writing contest for Pickens County's military personnel is in full swing. This contest is for those now serving or those who have served in the United States Armed Services. First prize is $100.  The contest has three categories: Combat; Non-combat and a special category for the immediate families of service men and women.  

May is National Military Appreciation Month. Members of the military seldom are revered as they should be. Whether it be peace time or a time of war, the service is a great interruption in people's lives. And it comes generally at the prime of life.

Read more: Deadline extended to June 14th  for military writing contest

Life without parole upheld for man who murdered 9 year old, rules Supreme Court




Published Monday, May 20, 2019


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Read more: Life without parole upheld for man who murdered 9 year old, rules Supreme Court

Jasper suspect sought in FBI meth ring bust

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Tim Barnes


FBI Press Release

Atlanta Field Office


Gainesville, GA – The FBI’s North Georgia Major Offender Task Force arrested six individuals and are looking for two more in connection with a methamphetamine distribution network that sold large amounts of the drug throughout north east Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.

The arrests were made on Thursday, May 9, 2019 when federal warrants were served in Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee and Pickens counties.

Read more: Jasper suspect sought in FBI meth ring bust