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By Pam O’Dell,
“The type writer, the phone book and the payphone had their day and the businesses that relied upon them either got busy changing or got busy dying." Barry Goldwater Jr. Former United States Representative and Chairman, Tell Utilities Solar Won’t Be Killed (TASK) Arizona
By Laiken Owens
2012 PHS graduate James Jernigan saved a young girl from drowning last Friday, July 5. “It was a pretty wild moment,” he said.
Jernigan and his family were on vacation at Tybee Island when it happened. Jernigan was swimming with his family when they heard a girl screaming.
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“Slowly but surely, one business at a time, we can grow it into a thriving downtown,” says local realtor
A corner store at the south end of Jasper’s Main Street, former location of Main Street Fitness,
has been sitting empty for over a year now.
Since massive renovations in 1998 that sent unsightly utility lines underground and saw the installation of new sidewalks, trees and a top-dressing of fresh pavement, Jasper’s streetscape has remained pretty much the same; but the tapestry of businesses that line those streets has changed dramatically, with some familiar businesses going under or moving out of downtown, leaving several buildings vacant and in need of repair.
While the commission board wants to have everything on the exterior of the courthouse completed in time for July 4th festivities, rain has hampered paving.
After nearly a year-and-a-half of heavy equipment, torn up pavement and piles of dirt and construction materials marring up Jasper’s Main Street, the SPLOST-funded Pickens County Courthouse project is coming in for the home stretch with the grand opening to be held sometime in August.
The speaker at the grandstand said that Jasper was the only city in Georgia that had the guts to carry on with Independence Day plans with so much rain in the forecast and that had already fallen overnight.
Today, the brave were rewarded --no rain fell during the July 4th parade, which wrapped up about 10:30 a.m. with wet streets but nothing more coming down.
A long time Lions Club member estimated the crowd was down from normal attendance by about half, but the show had gone on.
Other activities are similarly scheduled to roll as planned.