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Gas prices roaring back up

Ga. price at the pumps rises 10 cents last week


Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 10.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.08/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 12.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.17/g, according to gasoline price website
   Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 107.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 4.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 1.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 110.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 
   “This past week gasoline prices saw the largest weekly incline since July, 2013. While the pace of increases will slow in the week ahead, we're looking at continued gas price increases over the next few weeks. Oil prices have risen, contributing to the higher prices, but also worrisome are the refinery strikes initiated over the last week that have oil companies scrambling to keep refineries online,"said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.

Veterans Memorial Park in the works

Vet. groups meet to strengthen ties



Marine Corps League Det. #1280 Commandant Jacob Clark, American Legion Post #149 Commander Ron Wheeler and Wayne Poore (Marine Corps League and the American Legion) survey what they hope will be the site of a Veterans Memorial Park. The site is at the corner of Lee Newton Park, close to the Pickens County Senior Center. Inset: An artist rendering of the Veterans Memorial Park in the works.  


       For the men and women sitting around this particular table on this particular day, honoring veterans is serious business.

     Representatives of local veterans groups weren’t in uniform, but hats and sweaters with seals gave affiliations away. The Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion and the Marine Corps League were all bellied up, as well as the Jasper Lions Club - the civic group that has organized the Veterans Day

Weaver looks forward with enthusiasm




An enthusiastic Mayor John Weaver tells Rotary that paving will begin in the spring do to SPLOST funds and talks continue to improve traffic flow in the city using roundabouts. 

By Max Caylor

Rotary member

        “Come spring we are going to use our SPLOST funds to pave as many roads as possible in the city of Jasper,” said an excited Mayor of Jasper John Weaver speaking at Rotary. He is in his 22nd year of office.

Weaver and prominent local physician Dr. Carl McCurdy attended Shorter College during the same years.  McCurdy, introducing the Mayor, stated, “He worked full time and graduated with honors in school

Fundraising in roads under council review


No street fundraisers while Jasper officials study safety issues



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Fundraisers like this one on Highway 53 have alerted city officials to safety issues they create. 

Civic organizations, sports teams and other groups will  not be permitted to hold fundraisers on Jasper streets until the city council works out a new permitting policy.

The new policy that will govern groups holding out boots, selling donuts or doing other things to solicit funds on city roads is expected to be in place before the spring sports season. 

Update from former STAR students: Where are they now?



Submitted by Reeder Burch

As the Optimist Club of Jasper prepares for the 2015 STAR Banquet, the club is reaching out to former STAR students and STAR Student finalist to see what they are doing since graduated from Pickens High School. The club has heard from some STAR students that were part of the Optimist program and some STAR students prior to the Optimist sponsorship. Below are the responses that the Optimist Club has received.

See which former STAR Students are featured by picking up a print or online edition