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"The only city in Georgia with the guts" to have July 4th parade



The speaker at the grandstand said that Jasper was the only city in Georgia that had the guts to carry on with Independence Day plans with so much rain in the forecast and that had already fallen overnight.

Today, the brave were rewarded --no rain fell during the July 4th parade, which wrapped up about 10:30 a.m. with wet streets but nothing more coming down.

A long time Lions Club member estimated the crowd was down from normal attendance by about half, but the show had gone on.

Other activities are similarly scheduled to roll as planned.

See July 4th holiday weekend schedule.

Pickens courthouse project on the home stretch


    While the commission board wants to have everything on the exterior of the courthouse completed in time for July 4th festivities, rain has hampered paving.

    After nearly a year-and-a-half of heavy equipment, torn up pavement and piles of dirt and construction materials marring up Jasper’s Main Street, the SPLOST-funded Pickens County Courthouse project is coming in for the home stretch with the grand opening to be held sometime in August.


Rise in cremations may signal weakening traditions


    Kevin Roper, owner of Roper’s Funeral Home stands in the urn room, where he offers families a choice of many options for the keeping of their passed loved one.
     For much of our history, Pickens countians, like many throughout the South, have shunned cremation for loved ones, opting instead for a traditional Christian burial where their bodies are laid to rest in consecrated ground.
    But, that trend is changing as more people than ever are choosing cremation.
    “Currently we are handling around 70 cremations a year,” said Kevin Roper of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory. “In the past couple of years cremation has represented about 50 percent of the total calls we receive.”

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Gas down another 7 cents a gallon at pump


Georgia, July 1- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 7.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.34/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.50/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 22.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 9.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 12.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. 

"After an impressive surge abated several weeks ago, we're seeing gasoline prices decline nicely," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "One in five states currently has at least one gas station with gasoline under $3/gallon: South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, Virginia, Indiana, and Michigan all have at least one station statewide under $3. The national average is likely to continue its decline this week as retail prices catch up to the decrease in wholesale gasoline prices," DeHaan said.

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