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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
“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.
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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Getting out to stretch his legs, Pickens Animal Shelter dog George has a blast as Eddie and Kelli consider him as an adoptee. Shelter director Cindy Wilson (left) says good photos are usually all it takes to bring black dogs into the limelight.
When you see a big black dog do you avoid eye contact, turn and swiftly walk the other way? Do you find yourself rolling up your windows and locking the doors? Do thoughts of a black dog conjure up images of the red-eyed hounds of Hell?
These examples may be extreme, but according to Pickens County Animal Shelter Director Cindy Wilson black dogs unfairly get the shaft at adoption facilities, and she wants to raise awareness about the animals she says get “looked right over.”
“It’s amazing,” Wilson said. “People come in here and it’s like they don’t even see them. People just don’t want a black dog. That’s the one animal that gets put down more than any other in shelters.”
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