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Open Mic Night draws large, diverse crowd




From poetry to show tunes to a dramatic monologue to a 14-year-old and her band, Sharptop Arts Association’s maiden Open Mic Night would have had a hard time bringing out better performers or a better crowd for a first event.

Last Friday, Jan. 13 the homey, art-filled SAA building on D.B. Carroll Street in Jasper was transformed into a cozy coffee house type setting, with nearly every chair in the crowd filled and every slot in the open mic section of the show spoken for.

Pictured, performers Zach Davis and Steve Moore


Band students recognized by school board



During their January meeting Thursday, the school board recognized band students at both middle schools and the high school who had attained All District, All State or other honors. The board also recognized winners of a recent School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

Jasper Middle School Principal Neil Howell, a former band director, said he knows from experience that “it takes a special and dedicated student with a tremendous amount of fortitude,” to excel at band.

He said the parents are also to be commended for their support and encouragement of the students. “From the time they bring that thing home and start making those sounds, guttural noises if you will, until they start making music” [takes a lot of support], he said.

Pictured above the Pickens High Band students who were recognized, (l to r back row) Principal Eddie McDonald, Will Lawson, Christian Gibson, and Ben Barber; (front row) Kelly Roberts, Kari Henke, Shannon O'Dell, and Haley Matthews.

See more from the meeting and the middle school bands that were also recognized in this week’s print and e-edition.

Burnley named 2012 STAR Student


By Reeder Burch

Optimist Club

Reuben Burnley of Jasper has been named the 2012 STAR Student of Pickens High School.  The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR program. Burnley, the son of Sharri Tayman and Reuben Burnley, Sr., selected Mr. Patrick Gallagher as his STAR Teacher.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 55th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education.  Since its inception, the STAR Program has honored more than 23,000 students and the teachers they have selected as having the most influence on their academic success. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

STAR Student Reuben Burnley (left) and STAR Teacher Patrick Gallagher.


Jasper residents arrested for counterfeiting


Jasper Police announced Monday the arrests of three Jasper residents for counterfeiting, using a “washing” process to produce the bills.

Washing was described as cleaning the dye from $1 bills and then printing images scanned into a basic home computer onto the blank notes.

Detective Corporal Matt Dawkins said officers became aware of the counterfeiting when a fake bill was passed at Walgreens.

Police Chief Greg Lovell said authorities aren’t ready yet to release information on how widespread the counterfeit operation was or its dollar value. “It was big enough that we got the Secret Service involved, and they are going to run it by the U.S. Attorney,” Lovell said.

Lovell encouraged Jasper businesses to remain on the lookout for other fake bills.

“While we have arrested this group,” Dawkins said, “there are other people doing this, and they will continue to do this, especially as the economy gets worse.”


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Film crew descends on South Main home


Above, cast and crew of Lugosi Films' new production that is being shot in part in downtown Jasper. Photo/Amanda Guy

     This past weekend Lugosi Films set up shop in one of Jasper’s South Main Street homes.

      Learn more about who is involved, and why the Canton-based production company has selected Pickens as a location in this week’s full article.