With the sounds of school bells just around the corner, principals, teachers and staff are gearing up for the more than 4,400 students expected on area campuses next week.
Teachers returned to school this week to prepare their classrooms for the first day of school August 3.
At right, Dr. James Rust addresses TEA party members Monday, while a large inflatable decrying high gas prices is taken down. Though it was deflated due to fan noise, one person said it was symbolic of what the group wants to do to the prices at the pump.
Before the panelist discussing gas prices could start at Monday’s TEA party meeting, a large inflatable gas pump with information on it had be deflated as the blower was too loud.
As it was going down, someone yelled that it was symbolic of what they hope to accomplish – shrink gas prices. Someone else yelled, “pull the plug on Obama.”
The three person panel tied the high fuel prices in this country to policies and actions of our government. But the speakers said it is as much the entrenched bureaucracy that goes back many years as the governing administration that has run up the prices through burdensome regulations.
The three speakers generally agreed that Washington listens to anti-fossil fuel lobbyists who want to make it expensive and burdensome to meet permit requirements for oil drilling and production in the United States.
A surprisingly large crowd braved extremely hot temperatures in the asphalt parking at Ingles Friday afternoon to catch a glimpse of the historic 9/11 flag.
The flag was transported in a Gilmer County Fire truck and will be taken on to Ellijay for a weekend of different events following the stop in Jasper.
Many firefighters from the surrounding area turned out to show support. This flag, which was originally flown at Ground Zero, had been repaired and patched following the September 11 attacks.
When it completes the different tours, the flag will have been to all 50 states and then housed in a 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero.
A Georgia Department of Natural Resources officer issued a citation to a Grandview area man after the man shot and killed a black bear out of season and without a permit Friday, July 15. According to DNR Wildlife Management Ranger Mitch Yeargin, who issued the citation, the bear kill took place at the man's home a little before 8 a.m.
Believing he had done nothing wrong, the homeowner (unnamed by Yeargin) contacted officials after the bear encounter to report killing the animal.
When a bear is standing such as the one to the right, it is only smelling the air, not preparing to attack, says wildlife biologists.
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Schools at a glance – Want to know more about where your child will be attending school? Check out our two-page feature that outlines enrollment, achievements, clubs and more at each Pickens campus. Pages 10 & 11A.
Mr. Smith reports on climate change – Jasper resident Todd Smith has just returned from Washington D.C. with other concerned citizens to lobby for climate change legislation. Read about his journey on page 2A.
Customer-turned-owner revamps Jasper restaurant – Darrell Downey, the new proprietor at Kelly’s, started eating at the restaurant when it was a two-barstool establishment. Downey purchased the business because he loved the food and had developed a relationship with the staff, but he also brings along an impressive resume, having worked in upper management at J.M. Huber and a $55 million flower bulb business. Downey now operates his patented Ooze Tube company just a few hundred yards from the restaurant, which is now getting a family-friendly makeover form this business guru. Page 3A.