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Padgett gets Green Thumb award

    Keep Pickens Beautiful is proud to announce that July’s Green Thumb award has been presented to Troy Padgett and his Man Cave.

    Troy Padgett displays his antique cars in a garden of the prettiest flowers in all of Jasper. Keep Pickens Beautiful has awarded him the Green Thumb Award.
     Troy is a long-time Jasper resident who has returned to us after a short stay in Calhoun and added a lot of beautification to Church Street by way of his “Man Cave.”
    Troy has taken the closed shop next to Last Catch and turned it into a beautiful piece of nostalgia. Troy displays his antique cars among a garden of the prettiest flowers in all of Jasper. 

Wildwood Christian closes doors


The private school in Marble Hill has closed following a decline in enrollment over the summer.

Wildwood Christian Academy announced its closing in an e-mail to parents August 1. The private school in Marble Hill that stressed strong academics was scheduled to open this year on August 17, but will close permanently due to a financial shortfall from a decline in enrollment.

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Traffic signals being upgraded


Crews with World Fiber Technologies at the intersection of Highway 53 and Burnt Mountain Road are upgrading traffic signals at numerous intersections in the county. The new signals will include flashing yellow lights. The intersection of Highway 53 and Burnt Mountain Road is the ninth signal they have upgraded, including the intersection of Highway 515 and Philadelphia Road. 

Low voter turnout across Georgia


     ATLANTA, GEORGIA – In the last election in Georgia before November, voter turnout was low. Although the results await full certification early next week, only 11.48% of the electorate voted in counties holding elections.
     “In Georgia, voters have unprecedented access to the polls with early voting opportunities and new

Residents want help stopping Dollar General

“Come back with your shield,” spokesman tells board

dollar-general-meeting     It was a full house at this month’s commissioners’ meeting, where a large group opposed to a Dollar General on Cove Road came to ask for support from county leaders. Jeff Squires, standing, served as spokesman for the group.

     At least 100 upset Grandview-area residents showed up at the July commissioners meeting to ask for help stopping a Dollar General from being built at the corner of Grandview and Cove roads.
    Jeff Squires, spokesman for the group, outlined their concerns – traffic volume, safety, inappropriate land usage for the area, in addition to what they say are blatant violations to county codes at other Dollar General locations and possible destruction of a historical place of interest currently on the site.
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