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Rob Jones exit interview

Final sole commissioner/first commission chair for Pickens County reflects on 16 years in the top post 

 The Progress front page on December 27, 2012 when Rob Jones officially became the first chair of a multi man commission for Pickens County. He is shown with then-Probate Judge Rodney Gibson, and commissioners Becky Denney and Jerry Barnes. 

     To start the interview, it was pointed out that under his tenure the county either built or remodeled the administration building, the courthouse, the community center at Roper Park, the recycling center, the Public Works department and all the fire stations. 

Standard or daylight time? General Assembly may ask Georgia voters

By Dave Williams
Bureau Chief
Capitol Beat News Service
   ATLANTA – Georgia Sen. Ben Watson doesn’t care whether the Peach State observes standard time all year or daylight saving time.
  Watson, R-Savannah, a physician, just wants Georgians to pick one or the other because studies show switching back and forth every six months causes heart disease and sleeping disorders.
  “I prefer either way,” he said. “Let’s quit changing it.”

With uncertain times, more people seeking skills to live off the land

Author, educator’s wilderness classes suddenly a hot commodity


Author and wilderness skills educator Mark Warren during a hiking interview at his Medicine Bow school east of Pickens County in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

To show the type of life Mark Warren has had, consider that he is hoping his forthcoming book on Billy the Kid might reignite his music career.

Warren is the founder and educator at Medicine Bow, a wilderness school east of Pickens County in the Chattahoochee National Forest, where he has taught hundreds of people woodland skills ranging from basic edible plants to how to stalk animals.

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