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City elections coming up in Talking Rock and Nelson

No contested races in Jasper


            Talking Rock will see a number of candidates vying for mayor and town council seats in the upcoming November 5 election; Nelson will see three candidates campaigning for two council seats; but Jasper won’t see any contested elections.

            Incumbent Peter Q. Cagle Jr. will run against Carol Opdenhoff for Talking Rock’s mayor while incumbent council member Angelia Payne will run again Terri Jordan for the Post 1 seat.                

     Post 2 incumbent Lynda Cagle will run to keep her seat against Cheryl Sams and incumbent in Post 5, Randall Payne, will run against Jessica Quinton Wells. Post 3 and 4 seats will go uncontested as incumbents Charles Opdenhoff and Espey Smith were the only ones to qualify.

Reinhardt fielding first football team



    Quarterback Ryan Thompson gets tackled during a scrimmage.

By Eileen Steinhauer,
Progress Contributor
    Sure, you can catch a college football game on TV every Saturday throughout the fall. But now you can watch a live college football game practically in your backyard because Reinhardt University in Waleska is fielding its first football team this season.

Body found in lake search




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UPDATED -- The body of a 27-year-old Twin Mountain Lakes resident was discovered by the Forsyth Dive team Tuesday morning. More details are availiable in this week's print or online edition. 


DNR officers search at Twin Mountain Lakes Tuesday morning for a possible drowining victim. A 27-year-old male, whose name is not being released, was reported missing after last being seen near the lake last night.

However, it is not certain the person drowned, but the lake search is considered a top priority, according to sheriff officers on the scene.

A dive team is also expected this morning.

Local Marines send supplies to soldiers on the front line


Packing for the front lines: From left Wayne Poore (active 1964-1985), Ken Hulsey (active 68-72), and John Murray (active 61-66) work on assembling care packages last week for troops on active duty in Afghanistan. Bill Click (active 64-67) and Gill “Bulldog” Davidson (48-78) were also on hand working last week.

     Wanting to make sure soldiers on the front lines in Afghanistan know that those of us back home haven’t forgotten them, a group of local marines spend their time putting together care boxes to send overseas.


Stand-up comedy coming to Sharptop next weekend


Submitted by Sharptop Arts Association

    From the irreverence of George Carlin to the wholesomeness of Johnny Carson to the physical comedy of Gallagher, stand-up comedy comes in all styles.
    This month Sharptop Arts Association is honoring stand-up as the true art form it is with our first ever Comedy Night, when you can join us for an evening of gut-laughs with comedians Steve Arnold, Bay Cagle, Tim Arrington, “Kirk,” and Steve Moore.
    “I know for myself the thought of doing stand-up is almost unimaginable,” said SAA president Angela Reinhardt. “I have the utmost respect for comedians. Public speaking is one of the biggest fears people have, but in the world of stand-up comedy you not only have to get up in front of a crowd and talk you have to make the audience respond immediately with laughter and not just a voluntary applause at the end of the performance. If you don’t, it’s not considered a good performance. Stand-up is such a raw, audacious art and I’m so happy to have it at Sharptop.”  
    Comedy Night will be on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. and is being held in conjunction with the Humor Me contest gallery show in which Sharptop invited local artists to create a piece of art from any medium with the theme “humor.”
    The Humor Me show, sponsored by Miller & Associates Attorneys at Law, P.C., will be on display through Saturday, Sept. 21.
    Without being vulgar or crass, Comedy Night is geared for an adult audience. Some material may not be suitable for children.
    Tickets are $10 each and include one drink ticket. You can purchase tickets during our regular business hours at the art center at 68 D.B. Carroll Street, Jasper, Ga. We are open Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also contact SAA’s Executive Director Jeanette Bottari at 770-893-8438.
    Sharptop Art Association is a 501(c) 3 non-profit with the mission of promoting arts and culture in Pickens County. We are guided by an all-volunteer board of directors. We welcome any input from the community and would love for you to become a member to help us grow in a positive direction in the coming years.
    Visit us online at and follow us on Facebook.