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Georgia Lottery enjoys record third quarter


By Dave Williams
Bureau Chief
Capitol Beat News Service
    ATLANTA - The Georgia Lottery is coming off the most successful quarter in its 27-year history.
   The lottery raised more than $415.8 million in profits for education during January, February and March, an all-time record for a quarter, the Georgia Lottery Corp. reported Thursday.
   “The Georgia Lottery’s extraordinary results have a wide-reaching impact on Georgia’s students, families and communities,” Gov. Brian Kemp said.

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Election supervisor resigns over reorganization

Office closed with no certified staff available

front election office closed

The elections office on Pioneer Road closed Monday. An emergency called meeting of the elections board may determine when it reopens.

     Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts, an almost 20-year employee of county government, resigned Friday saying she is being unfairly blamed for problems with voting last November and that efforts to reorganize the board are mostly political.

Her abrupt departure, coupled with medical leave for the office’s second employee, has forced the office to temporarily close. The current election board, running shorthanded and only in power until the end of June, is expected to hold an emergency called meeting this week and take guidance from the secretary of state’s office. Technically, only certified election workers can do many of the tasks in the office.

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Secret Atlanta: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

Unique destinations for Atlanta visitors

secret atlanta book


Get to know Atlanta’s secrets in Jonah McDonald’s book published by Reedy Press. Author Jonah McDonald is also a storyteller, historian, and naturalist at Dekalb County Park. He “believes that there is a new story to learn and tell around every bend.” 


By Angela Reinhardt

Staff Writer

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     Did you know Atlanta is home to a garden that has the most species of fern in the country? Or that one university campus is home to the “Crypt of Civilization,” a time capsule set to be open in 8133 CE? Or that the corner of Dekalb and Moreland avenues is where artists stood to paint the historic Atlanta Cyclorama, an 1886 painting that depicts the Battle of Atlanta?

     Secret Atlanta: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure explores the lesser-knowns of Georgia’s capital. With Atlanta just an hour away from Pickens County, most residents here know about the city’s most popular attractions and destinations - but naturalist, park ranger, historian, storyteller, and author Jonah McDonald takes readers off that all-too-familiar path into the city’s secret side.

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City of Jasper firefighters temporarily relocated during mold remediation

firefighters at mtn ed

photo/Angela Reinhardt

City of Jasper fire trucks and emergency vehicles on the backside of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center on East Church Street, where they are operating from temporarily. 


Jasper firefighter quarters have been temporarily relocated after an inspection found mold at the Jasper Fire Station on Burton Street. As of press time, mold remediation efforts were underway and it was anticipated the crew would be moved back to the station by the end of the week.  

Firefighters were relocated to Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) on Church Street, in the old Pickens High School building.  

The initial inspection was paid for by firefighters who felt like they were working in unsafe conditions. Firefighters told the Progress the city refused to conduct a test after they were approached about the issue. All 12 firefighters split the $395 cost of a professional

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Wigington pleads guilty; sentencing in May

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Allen Wigington book-in photo/Pickens County Sheriff's Office


    In an ironic turn of events, on Monday, April 19, former Pickens County Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington pled guilty to dozens of charges in the same courtroom he worked out of and delivered sentences from for years. 

     The disgraced 45-year-old former judge, dressed in a suit, pled guilty to 49 charges that have been brought against him in a financial theft and fraud case that stretches back several years. The case involves improper use of a county-issued credit card and has resulted in charges that range from theft by taking, to racketeering, to financial card fraud, and violating oath of office. Negotiations led to nine charges being dropped and three others that involve Wigington’s wife Rosemary being considered for offered pleas.

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