Audrey Webb and Kathe Hall with a sample snowman.
Now that winter has officially arrived, VanGoghs owner Kathe Hall plans to brighten the short, dark days with a town filled with snowmen, regardless of whether we actually get any snow.
Hall came up with the idea to sponsor a snowman contest as a way to bring people and some cheer into downtown during bleak winter days.
ATLANTA – The excitement is overflowing for one city of Jasper worker since plunging into a Georgia Lottery prize in time for the New Year. Terry Howard, who works for the city’s water department, won a $100,000 top prize playing the instant game Jumbo Bucks Bingo.
Howard claimed his prize Monday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Dalton.
“My girlfriend suggested I get one of them,” said Howard, 47. “I purchased it and scratched it at home.”
Chevron Food Mart, located at 850 S. Main St. in Jasper, sold the lucky ticket.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I feel good.”
The father of three anticipates adding on to his home and paying off bills with his windfall.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.8 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
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Series of lectures, events planned to coincide with January to March run of exhibition
A book burning in Opera Square, Berlin, May 10, 1933. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Musuem/NARA
— North Georgia College & State University is hosting the traveling exhibition "Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings" produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The exhibition, which runs from Jan. 17 to March 15 at the university's Library Technology Center, and accompanying lecture series are free and open to the public.
The exhibition opening is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the Library Technology Center. That evening, internationally known scholar Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, the Dorot professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, will present the keynote address in the Hoag Student Center auditorium. A reception and book signing will be held 4:30-5:15 p.m. in the great room, located in the student center, prior to the 6 p.m. keynote address.
Rec. Department to host yearlong competition – for adults
By Laiken Owens
Beginning in January, the Pickens County Rec. Department will be sponsoring a year-long event, “The Dirty Dozen.” It will be a team competition, with one competition every month. These events will be geared towards the adults of Pickens County and are planned as fun competition.
This is the first time the recreation department has tried something like this – a fun adult program, so the first year may be somewhat of a trial run.
If there aren’t enough teams that sign up, the monthly events will be open for groups to get together and come compete only in the events they choose without needing to field a team for the whole year.
Joe Herman, the interim recreation department director, said he thought this format of set teams competing in very different sports one day each month would be a great way to get people involved in a friendly competition. He said people who dominate the softball events may find themselves outmatched when the soccer month rolls around.
Harvey to remain County CFO
Commissioner Rob Jones announced Monday afternoon that County CFO Faye Harvey will remain on the job. Harvey had earlier given her resignation but was persuaded to take time to think about it over the holidays.
Jones and Harvey met on Friday and talked over the situation. Harvey informed Jones that she would would decide by Monday.
Jones said this takes a lot of pressure off the county to find a new CFO and work to achieve additional budget cuts at the same time.
The exact reason Harvey initially resigned is not known. Jones said in an earlier story that it had caught him by surprise as he wasn't aware of any specific issue.
Harvey's resignation letter contained no specifics and she has not publicly discussed the situation.
See updates later on this website.
Faye Harvey at the December commissioner's meeting. Last week Harvey announced her resignation as
Pickens County CFO but is reconsidering.
It was announced at the December Commissioner's Meeting that Faye Harvey, who was hired by the county in October to replace Mechelle Champion, sent a resignation letter to Commissioner Rob Jones last week stating she would resign effective Wednesday, Dec. 26.
At the meeting Jones said Harvey gave no specific reason for her resignation, but in a follow-up interview Jones told the Progress the new CFO was reconsidering her resignation.
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