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PHS announces Valedictorian and Salutatorian


     Principal Chris LeMieux would like to congratulate our 2014-2015 PHS Valedictorian Kyle Watters and Salutatorian Savannah Friedman. Kyle and Savannah achieved these great honors based on their overall grades. Both Kyle and Savannah will be honorary speakers at the PHS Graduation Ceremony on May 23rd.

GDOT begins crack sealing on Hwy 53


WHAT           Georgia DOT Maintenance crews will begin on Monday its work on sealing the cracks on the surface of  the roadway of US 27 in Haralson County and State Route (SR) 53 in Pickens

                      Country.  Work will proceed daily between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.                        

Ga.’s unemployment drops to 6.4 percent

gasealATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 6.4 percent, its lowest level since July 2008 when it was 6.3 percent. The rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 6.6 percent in December. The rate in January 2014 was 7.3 percent.

“Our unemployment rate dropped for the seventh month in a row as we had 4,400 fewer jobs available than in December,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “We also had fewer new claims for unemployment insurance benefits, which is a measure of new layoffs.” 

The number of seasonally-adjusted jobs in January declined 0.1 percent, to 4,222,100, down from 4,226,500 in December. Much of the loss was related to temporary holiday jobs. Most of the job losses came in administrative and support services, including temporary employment agencies, 5,000; retail trade, transportation, and warehousing, along with construction, 2,800 each; and information services, 2,200. The job gains were in manufacturing, 3,900; wholesale trade, 3,400; finance and insurance, 2,700; and health care and social assistance, 1,900.

“But, while we lost those seasonal jobs in January, as often do, we had the strongest January-to-January growth we’ve had in 20 years,” said Butler. “And, six of our job sectors grew at least three percent.”

Over the year, the state gained a seasonally-adjusted 131,900 jobs, or 3.2 percent, from 4,090,200 in January 2014. Ninety-five percent of the job growth, or 125,800 jobs, was in the private sector. Most of the gains came in trade, transportation and warehousing, 33,500; professional and business services, 24,900; leisure and hospitality, 22,300; education and health services, 17,600; and manufacturing, 13,100; and, financial activities, 7,000.

Also, in January, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined to 57,194, down by 316, or 0.5 percent, from 57,510 in December. Most of the decrease came in accommodations and food services. And, claims were down by 897, or 1.5 percent, from 58,091 in January 2014. The over-the-year decline came in a wide range of industries, including trade, transportation and warehousing, accommodations and food services, and the construction industry. 

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Jasper council: No more fundraising in roads

Jasper Police fundraiser, new street lights and SPLOST paving also discussed


Members of American Legion Post #149 and the Jasper Merchants Association present the City of Jasper Police Department with nearly $10,000 that will go towards outfitting the entire outfit with new bullet-proof vests. The groups have plans to raise a little over $1,000 more for the effort.

        Jasper council has voted to fall back on a Georgia state law that prohibits solicitation of donations in roads by pedestrians. 

This means, effective immediately, absolutely no fundraising will be allowed in any road within the city limits of Jasper. 

Schools completely cancel for Friday

Previously announced delay upgraded to full Snow Day for Friday. Delay announced earlier didn't give enough time for slick spots to thaw. No school for students.


NOTE: the March Friday the 13th inservice day was switched to a regular school day at a meeting of the school board last night.