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Farmers' Market opens for the year



Herbalist Crystal Merrell will be one of many vendors at the Saturday, March 28 Farmers' Market at Lee Newton Park. 

By Darla Huffman 


The oldest continuous farmers’ market (as well as the friendliest) in the county will open for its 16th season this Saturday, March 28. The hours are from 7:30 to noon and the location is in the Park and Ride lot next to Lee Newton Park on Church Street in Jasper.  If you have never

GBI report confirms deputies’ accounts of deadly Christmas Eve shooting


       A report from the GBI confirms the accounts given by Pickens deputies of the deadly shooting of a Bethany area man Christmas Eve. The evidence and video from the officers showed that Ned Womack fired first at deputies who had identified themselves and ordered him to show his hands.

The report presented by the GBI investigators to District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee last week filled five CDs, and when printed with all attachments would total more than 1,000 pages. A portion of the report was released by the district attorney to the Progress.

      See the rest of this story in this week's print or online editions.

Tom Cruise in Ball Ground scouting movie location

Two different residents of the small town told our Ball Ground reporter they saw Tom Cruise in town Monday to scout a location for an upcoming film “Mena." 
We reported in our March 19th edition that the city council had discussed a movie company's request to use their local scenery, possibly at some point between May and July.

One of the people showed our reporter a photo of them with the famous actor but said they were asked to not make the photo public.

Dunkin' Donuts could come to Jasper


This old log cabin and adjacent service station on Highway 53 could become the new location of a Dunkin' Donuts after Jasper's zoning board approved annexation of this parcel into the city limits. Final annexation awaits council approval. 


        The Jasper Planning and Zoning board has approved a plan than could bring a Dunkin’ Donuts to the corner of Highway 53 and Highway 515.

         At their Tuesday, March 24 meeting, the board heard a request from Mountain Express Oil

Check out real falcons in Atlanta, live falconcam

FalconCam GaDNR
From Ga. DNR

 Atlanta’s fastest-flying family is online again.


The Georgia Department of Natural Resources camera is streaming live video of a pair of peregrine falcons nesting atop SunTrust Plaza Tower. Although the adults switched nest sites this spring, delaying the project, viewers can now watch as the raptors start a new family more than 50 stories above downtown Atlanta.