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BRAG riders bring positive econmic impact

 Above, frontriders with Bicycle Ride Across Georgia. These four riders were the first of 1,200, which began streaming down Main Street in Jasper early-afternoon Monday, June 4.


     BRAG cyclists, who overnighted in Jasper this past Monday, June 4, brought more than just snazzy wheels and helmets along for the ride.

     According to local restaurant owners and event organizers, the BRAG stopover made a big economic impact for businesses here.

     “We served 82 for dinner, and that would have been busy on a Saturday night for us,” said Woodbridge Inn owner Hans Rueffert, who opened his restaurant specifically for the event.

     “We are usually closed Monday,” he said, “and if we do 35 or 40 people on a weeknight that’s  good for us.”

     Rueffert said all the rooms at the inn were booked as well, and the restaurant sold a record number of beers in one evening.

    Other restaurant owners and hotels said they saw heavy crowds on Monday as well.

     “The cyclists that visited wese very impressed,” said one event organizer. “The Sheriff’s office really stepped up with the shuttle, the drivers were courteous and campers were very impressed with the community center.

Goodbye hybrids, hello hotrods at Jasper Cruise-In

    cruisein Last Saturday, like every fourth Saturday of the warm spring and summer months, Main Street hosted a multitude of rebuilt and refurbished antique vehicles.

     In an age of hybrids, SUV's, and sedans, this event celebrates hotrods, muscle cars, and vintage makes.

Challenger brings heat in commission chairman race

District post candidates cordial in first public outing


Wesley Weaver, a candidate for commission chairman, used his time before the Tea Party last week to criticize the works of current sole commissioner, Robert Jones, who also seeks the chairmanship.

From the introduction to the closing, Wesley Weaver, who is challenging sole County Commissioner Robert Jones for the commission chairman position in the July 31st election, let the fur fly.

     Weaver began his remarks last week at the Tea Party forum for commission candidates by saying Jones shouldn’t even be in the room. Weaver said Jones, who has served two terms as sole commissioner, said he would not run again if the county went to a multi-member commission, and further, that Jones was not a conservative, a true Republican or someone who follows Tea Party principles in governing.

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