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Georgia. law on seized assets one of the worst in nation?


By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter

    Liberals and conservatives have allied themselves to fight for significant changes in Georgia’s civil forfeiture law. These laws stipulate the circumstances and procedures required when law enforcement officers and district attorneys confiscate property related to a crime.

School redistricting in the works


School board also approves offices for deputies at all elementary campuses

By Bettina Huseby
Progress Contributor

    The Pickens County Board of Education met on Valentine’s Day. It was decided that March 25 is no longer a school holiday. Students will attend classes as usual to make up for a previous snow day.
    According to the discussion, historical Tate Elementary is in danger of losing state funding because its population has dropped to around 260 students.    “We want to keep Tate going strong. It’s one of those things we would love to do,” said Superintendent Dr. Ben Desper.  


Plein Air contest to bring live, outdoor painting to ArtFest



Artist applications now being accepted 




By Angela Reinhardt

staff writer

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Jasper ArtFest organizers are breathing new life into this year’s event with the addition of an outdoor painting competition on Main Street in Jasper. 

“En Plein Air” is a French expression that translates to “in the open air.” In the art world it quite simply means painting outdoors, on location. 

ArtFest organizers added the Plein Air Paint Out Celebration in hopes of bringing an exciting element for event-goers, and to encourage more artists to get involved. 


Jasper Bojangles honored with U.S. Chamber award



Submitted by John Everette
Fishman PR & Marketing

    Acorn Food Group, LLC, a Bojangles’ franchise group based in Jasper, Ga., was recently honored with a 2013 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
    Bojangles’ is a Southern culinary staple known for its world-famous chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits and Legendary Iced Tea. The group is being recognized for its dedication to the principles of free enterprise and its contributions to restoring jobs and prosperity.


Learn to jam at arts academy




Instructor Mark Walker, right, at Artfest 2012 in an impromptu jam on Main Street at the CAPAA booth.


Submitted by Crystal Merrell of Creative and Performing Arts Academy


Are you ready to jam?  Or is the songbird in you ready to take flight?  The Creative and Performing Arts Academy (CAPAA) has an exciting offering for learning, expanding your skills, and having a great time.

  Instructor Mark Walker will lead weekly Thursday Night Jams at 7pm at the Academy.  These sessions are open to anyone, and drop-ins are welcome.  Mark will be available for guidance as needed, and support for those who want to learn to play well with others.  Experienced jammers are welcome also as this will be a encouraging setting for collaboration and trying new rifts and ideas.  Cost is $5 for the 1-hour+ time.

There will be no class on Valentine’s Day, Thursday the 14th

  If you would like even more personal instruction on joining a jam in a smaller setting, join Mark at 6pm for detailed guidance where you can go at your pace and ask as many questions as you need.  Mark is excited to provide a 'safe and encouraging place' where players can gain confidence, get positive feedback and encouragement.  The cost for the small group jam lesson is $15 and includes the 7pm Thursday Night Jam as well.  Space is limited for the 6pm lesson - sign up in advance by calling Mark Walker at 770-894-3211.