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Rabies clinic offered at Farmer's Market


Pictured, Dr. Chester administers a heartworm test at Saturday’s vaccination clinic.

     Saturday, Dr. Craig Chester and his wife/Office Manager Charmet enjoyed a successful start to the second Farmers Market Vaccination clinic as they welcomed owner after owner looking to have their pets vaccinated.

     As the months begin to grow warmer, it becomes even more important to vaccinate your pets, as it is more likely families and their pets will enjoy more time outdoors.

Basement being dug at courthouse


                                                      Jeff Warren / Photo
Thursday, May 10, saw two earth-moving machines continue to gnaw at red earth set to move, making way for the coming four-story courthouse addition. At bottom, the new building will include a “sally port” underneath for transferring prisoners between vehicles and the new justice center.
Shown: a view from Court Street. At left, the Courthouse Annex. At right, the back of the existing marble courthouse.

13-year-old begins battle with bone cancer

“When the doctor came in and said, ‘Mrs. Anderson, Jade has got cancer and she could die,’ that was like, I mean, I just about hit the floor,” mother says.


“JMS loves Jado” — Students and staff at Jasper Middle School rally behind Jade Anderson, a student recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

     Mid afternoon last Monday, 13-year-old Jade Anderson, known as “Jado” by her friends and family, was tucked under the covers at her Jasper home watching television.

     While the rest of her friends were at school that day, she had spent the afternoon getting blood tests at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta clinic in Kennesaw. That’s because three weeks ago, the very first day of her spring break this April, Jade was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a malignant bone tumor that typically develops near the knee or shoulder during the rapid stage of growth in adolescents.


The art and strategy of Magic

     magiccardsWhether just for fun or serious competition, Aury Friedman of The Fastest Dog believes the complex world of Magic can foster new levels of critical thinking and strategizing among the games’ players while they cast spells and launch attacks and counter-attacks with their creatures of fantasy.

     Friedman, whose computer store is located beside Quiznos on West Church Street, hosts game nights at his shop on Friday nights for both newbies to the game of Magic and for avid, long-time players. Each game of Magic, according to Wikipedia, represents a battle between mighty wizards, known as planeswalkers, who employ the magical spells, items and fantastic creatures depicted on individual Magic cards to defeat their opponents.

Cody loses contest but undeterred

Cody remains determined to go to Morgan's Wonderland   CodyJones

  Despite getting over 1,400 more votes than the next closest contestant, Cody Jones lost the We Are Teachers contest that would have sent the PHS Junior to a San Antonio amusement park for handicapped kids. Cody’s mom Angie said despite the setback he and his family are undeterred in their efforts to get Cody to Morgan’s Wonderland.

The 20-year-old and his family launched a massive online and Progress media campaign to garner votes for the physically handicapped Pickens resident but, despite getting the most votes, he lost. According to Mrs. Jones, when she contacted We Are Teachers she was told the fine print said they had the ultimate choice in choosing a winner.

     “Cody got over 6,000 votes which was amazing,” Mrs. Jones said. “His teacher had nominated him for this and We Are Teachers picked him to be in the top 50 kids vying for the trip.”

     Cody and his entire family were devastated to hear on May 3rd that he did not win. Mrs. Jones said We Are Teachers at that point said the winner was chosen by a selection committee and not based on who received the most votes.

     “They said the winner would be announced May 1 and it was May 3rd before they announced it. You don’t do that to specially challenged kids. You don’t do them that way. Cody was checking that website every 20 minutes to see if he’d won.”

     Mrs. Jones contacted Morgan’s Wonderland and she was told they had no idea the contest even existed.

     “It’s not Morgan’s Wonderland fault because they knew nothing about it,” she said. “We all feel like we were mislead into believing the top vote getter would win. It was just like if he’d had 100 votes instead of over 6,000 he would have had as good a chance as winning. He was in the lead for five weeks. There was only about three days he wasn’t in the lead.”

     But Cody isn’t giving up.

     “The biggest thing I think is that Cody brought all these people together in our community for one cause,” Jones said. “All these people reached out to their friends all over the world for votes.”

     Jones said she is planning a fundraiser and maybe a motorcycle ride to raise money to take Cody to San Antonio and to Morgan’s Wonderland. A date, likely in June, will be announced later. Due to his rare lung disease and being on oxygen 24 hours a day he has trouble breathing in hot weather so Jones said she hopes to take him when the weather cools off in October.

     “I feel sure we can get the rest of the funds,” she said.

     If you’d like to help send Cody to Morgan’s Wonderland, donations may be sent to the Jones family at 218 Bell Avenue, Jasper, Ga. 30143.

Previously, Cody was featured with a Christmas Card campaign. See that story