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Do not drink water from flooded wells or springs

By Raymond King

Director of Environmental Health, North Georgia Health District 1-2

North Georgia – Due to recent weather conditions, any well or spring that has been covered with flood waters must be considered contaminated. Do not drink the water until after flood waters have receded, the well or spring has been disinfected with household bleach and the water has been laboratory tested. Contact the local county Environmental Health Office for questions and further instructions, if needed.


Mountain Man ready to rock big beard business


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“Only in America can you have a guy who cuts grass and grows a big beard because he is unhappy with corporate life and wants to be a rebel and now he is about to travel all over the country with a motorcycle company that is crazy as all get out and I’m a preacher,” thus said Jasper’s James Thomason describing the skyrocket rise of Mountain Man Beard Products in a recent interview.

For the full story on the rise of the Mountain Man's beard business see this week's print or online editions. 



Crashes need to be reduced at Antioch Church Road, Hwy. 515 intersection, says GDOT


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    The intersection of Highway 515 and Antioch Church Road. Under a GDOT proposal. The Georgia Department of Transportation has identified the intersection of Antioch Church Road and Highway 515 as more dangerous than most, and the state agency wants to make changes they say will reduce crashes at the heavily-used intersection. They have proposed a J-Turn for the intersection, which would be the first of it's kind in the state. GDOT recently held an open house at the Pickens County Administration Building to solicit public comments about the project.

Read our print or online editions for the full story. Follow this link to the GDOT website where public comments can be made until January 1, 2016.


GBI seeking the public’s help in identifying Cornelia bank robber


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     Cornelia, Georgia - On Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at approximately 12:30 PM, a bank robbery occurred at the Traditions Bank in Cornelia, Georgia.  An undisclosed amount of money was taken.  The robber reportedly entered the bank wearing a Spiderman mask and holding a device, threating he had a bomb. No one was injured during the robbery.  The Cornelia Police Department and the GBI are investigating.

Jasper man is proof that the spirit of Christmas is ageless


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    Russell Davis, with his wife Jeanee, standing before his enormous holiday lights display. The 77-year-old Davis has been decorating his yard in this manner for 15 years.

By Larry Cavender
Contributing writer

    It has often been said, "Christmas is for children," but an elderly Jasper man is living proof that the true spirit of Christmas is ageless and is more than just Santa Claus, stocking stuffers, and gaily wrapped packages.