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Weaver looks forward with enthusiasm




An enthusiastic Mayor John Weaver tells Rotary that paving will begin in the spring do to SPLOST funds and talks continue to improve traffic flow in the city using roundabouts. 

By Max Caylor

Rotary member

        “Come spring we are going to use our SPLOST funds to pave as many roads as possible in the city of Jasper,” said an excited Mayor of Jasper John Weaver speaking at Rotary. He is in his 22nd year of office.

Weaver and prominent local physician Dr. Carl McCurdy attended Shorter College during the same years.  McCurdy, introducing the Mayor, stated, “He worked full time and graduated with honors in school

Update from former STAR students: Where are they now?



Submitted by Reeder Burch

As the Optimist Club of Jasper prepares for the 2015 STAR Banquet, the club is reaching out to former STAR students and STAR Student finalist to see what they are doing since graduated from Pickens High School. The club has heard from some STAR students that were part of the Optimist program and some STAR students prior to the Optimist sponsorship. Below are the responses that the Optimist Club has received.

See which former STAR Students are featured by picking up a print or online edition



Ga. Supreme Court upholds Hall County murder-for-hire conviction

Other murder cases also ruled upon by state supreme court



Published Monday, February 2, 2015


Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .



            The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence with no chance of parole given to Lynitra McKale Ross for her role in the murder-for-hire plot that resulted in the 2010 shooting death of Richard Schoeck.

In this high-profile Hall County case, the high court has ruled that the evidence was sufficient to find Ross guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of Schoeck’s murder, and it has rejected her argument that cell phone records tying her to the crime should have been suppressed at trial.

Touring Royston, one of area’s largest manufacturers

Royston supplies many products you see everyday

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 A slideshow of work at Royston's Jasper facility.


By Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer

      Hundreds of drivers  pass the Royston sign and entrance tunnel on Highway 53 between Tate and Jasper every day. 

Many wonder what is on the other side of the tunnel. The answer is Royston, LLC (originally Pickroy). 

Another brick in the wall for Ball Ground


The conceptual design plan of how the sign will eventually look.



By Larry Cavender

Progress Contributor

What exactly is it? That’s what area residents have been asking about the brick wall standing at the corner of the Canton Highway/Old Highway 5 and Gilmer Ferry Road intersection in Ball Ground.

It is, simply, a brick wall. The brick masonry has been completed, but according to John Byrd of the Ball Ground City Council, it will be much more than just a wall in the coming months.