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Kilpatrick named 2016 STAR Student

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     Hannah Kilpatrick has been named the 2016 STAR Student of Pickens High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR Program.  Kilpatrick is the daughter Rex and Beverly Kilpatrick of Jasper. She has selected Mrs. Christine Westbrook as her STAR Teacher.

Why are we last? Jasper vs. Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Dahlonega

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   An aerial shot of Japser from the Highway 515 and Highway 53 intersection into downtown.

     “There’s nothing to do in Jasper.”
    “Why don’t we have a LongHorn or a movie theatre?”
    “Blue Ridge and Ellijay have so much more. What’s wrong with people here?”
    Anyone who lives in Pickens County has heard these complaints or made them themselves.  The Progress talked to a few local leaders and key players about economic development here to address why Jasper seems to have been “skipped,” and what, if anything, should be done about it.    

See this week's print or online editions for comments from the Jasper Mayor, the Pickens County Commission Chair and Economic Development Director, a developer and more.

Convictions upheld for man who had sex with corpse, and other Ga. Supreme Court summaries released

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SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS
Published Monday, January 19, 2015

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at www.gasupreme.us .

Nelson audit filled with oversights, failed accounting and possible embezzlement

 

Council will hold special meeting Jan. 21

to address a financial house in disorder

 

By Ralph Dennis, Contributing Writer

The 2015 audit for the city of Nelson has been delivered. It is not a good one. Ten matters of errors or discrepancies were cited.

This audit, filled with problems found in the city’s books, will be presented to the council at a special meeting on Thursday, January 21, for the purpose of receiving the presentation and explanation from the auditing firm of Welch, Walker & Associates. The meeting is at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Most of the problems cited were tied to poor or non-existent record-keeping, making it hard to trace where funds from the city had actually gone. 

Read our story this week at our e-edition or in the print copies.

See complete audit report. (Findings being on page 32 of lengthy document.)

GDOT begins crack sealing on Hwy. 108

 

JASPER, Ga. – A Georgia DOT maintenance crew will begin today its work on sealing the cracks on the surface of State Route (SR) 515/Appalachian Development Highway in Gilmer County and SR 108 in Pickens County.  Work will proceed daily Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.