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Four suspects arrested following Jasper home invasion

Jasper detectives working with the Marietta Police Department have arrested four suspects for an armed home invasion robbery at Mountainside Manor apartments January 3.

Police Chief Greg Lovell said through an anonymous tip, cooperation with the Cobb County agency and solid detective work, they were able to have everyone involved in the Jan. 3 crime arrested and in jail by Jan. 6.

“This was a major bust, something we don’t see here,” Lovell said. The chief stressed that this was an isolated incident with no ties to other crimes or reason for the general public to be alarmed.

Jasper Artfest drawing artists and interest

By Linda Barnes

Publicity, Sharptop Arts Association

Last week more artists signed up for JASPER ARTFEST and we are excited in the growing community interest and enthusiasm.

Every week the applications increase in number. What a great event to happen on Main Street to showcase the arts.  Local artists ,as well as, artists from our neighboring states of Florida, North Carolina, and Alabama are signing up as well.  In case you haven’t heard, a juried art festival is being coordinated for Jasper.

The dates to remember are April 16-17, 2011.  Registration to exhibit is being held now. First come, first serve on space selection. Artist space 10x12  $75 until January 22... after that $95.

Food Concession $150  This non-profit venture is being developed with the hope to benefit artists, and all of the ‘arts’ in Jasper, and Pickens County.  This will be an event you don’t want to miss, as an exhibitor and/or attendee. For more information contact: Ron Barnes 678-520-6648, or Alan Young 706-276-3020. .




Buzzards again looking to call Jasper home


Like something out of a Hitchcock film, the black birds menacing Jasper’s Piney Woods neighborhood for months may have finally met their match in Animal Control Officer Lonnie Waters.

“I’ve been working all month on the buzzards at Piney Woods,” Waters told city council members Monday night at the council’s first meeting of 2011. “We’re gaining ground though. It’s been nearly six days since we had one buzzard light out in a tree at Piney Woods.”

Most backyard burning now illegal, says County Fire Marshall


If you went out after Christmas and burned  your old wrapping paper and boxes, you broke the law --  burning any man-made items is illegal.

It is now illegal to use a burn barrel for any garbage; or burn any scrap building material including lumber.

The only thing legal to burn in Georgia backyards is natural vegetation and even this requires a permit and can’t contain limbs larger than six inches in diameter.

To put it bluntly, County Fire Marshall Curtis Clark says “Times have changed.”

Rash of commercial burglaries under investigation


Jasper Police have “heavily investigated” a string of commercial burglaries throughout the city during December, but have turned up no solid leads, according to Police Chief Greg Lovell.

During the past month, a person or people have kicked in doors or smashed windows to enter five Jasper businesses, stealing cash at four and cash and merchandise at a fifth.

Sweetie Pie’s Bakery, Pueblo Cantina, Nanny’s Kitchen, Tan 365 Salon and Fred’s were all hit with the same basic scenario of someone either kicking in a rear door or smashing a front glass and entering after the place had closed for the night.