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Dead tree removal in Jasper



City of Jasper crews and a county inmate work detail began removing dead landscape trees from along Main Street Friday.

   They were able to remove two dead and one badly leaning tree Friday. Because of the hand-digging around the bases, as well as the electrical, water lines, sprinklers and other utilities, the project is slow going.

   Jasper Mayor John Weaver said it may take a week or more depending on schedules and other work. He estimated that 7-10 of the trees will be removed.

   According to the mayor trees planted in the sidewalks actually have a limited a lifespan. New trees will be planted. Weaver said he will consult a professional on the species for re-planting. He did not have a timeline on planting.

Ball Ground man wins $12,500 in lottery "second chance"

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Georgia Lottery winner Mark Slaker, right, is pictured with his wife, Denise, their two daughters and Georgia Lottery spokesman John Crow.


ATLANTA – A Ball Ground father has won an extensive prize from the Georgia Lottery. Mark Slaker won a $12,500 prize from being selected as a grand prize winner in the Georgia Lottery’s Play It Again Reloaded Second Chance Promotion.


Bow tie revolution: Finally an easier way to tie super cool fashion statement


    UGA students and business partners at Classic City Cotton: (l-r) Founder Ancel Briley, along with Andrew Goodman, and Harrison Boza, all wearing the company’s product – “classic-tied bow ties.”
    Ask any style columnist and they will tell you bow ties are cool. They are the formal accouterment of choice for men across the political and social spectrum. From hipsters to right wing columnists, the bow tie is hot.
    But those suckers are so hard to tie.
    Enter an Athens, Ga. company started by a group of fraternity brothers, Classic City Cotton.

Georgia’s unemployment rate rises slightly

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 6.3 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 6.2 percent in April. The preliminary April rate was reported at 6.3 percent, but was revised down by one-tenth of a percentage point. The rate was 7.3 percent in May 2014.    

“Our labor force expanded for the 18th month in a row, and that’s probably the biggest factor in driving up the rate,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Also, initial unemployment claims were up, but by less than one-percent.”

The labor force grew to 4,774,912, an increase of 7,379 from April, and while the new entrants are searching for work, they’re counted as unemployed. Last year in May, the labor force grew by 2,773. 

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance in May rose by 207, or 0.7 percent, from April to 27,946. Most of the increase in claims came in health care and social assistance, along with accommodations and food services. Over the year, claims were down 15.8 percent, or 5,245, from May of last year. The decline came mostly in accommodations and food services, manufacturing, construction, retail trade and transportation and warehousing. 

The number of seasonally adjusted jobs grew to 4,252,800 in May. “The private sector actually had very good job growth last month,” said Butler. “Our employers created 11,700 jobs, which is almost twice the average job growth for May over the last three years.” However, the private sector gain was somewhat offset by a loss of 7,800 government jobs, resulting in a net gain of 3,900 from April.

Most of the job gains came in professional and business services, 11,200; leisure and hospitality, 1,700; construction, 1,300; and transportation and warehousing, 1,200. 

“Over the year, we’re still showing strong job growth,” Butler said. “We had 114,900 more jobs than we did a year ago. And, the pace of job growth in Georgia at 2.8 percent is better than the national average at 2.2 percent. Right now, we’re showing a stronger pace of growth than we did last year, and 2014 was a very good year.”

Most of the over-the-year growth came in trade, transportation and warehousing, 30,800; professional and business services, 27,700; leisure and hospitality, 26,300; education and health services, 19,300; manufacturing, 6,200; financial activities, 4,600; construction, 3,600; and information services, 1,300. Government lost 3,700 jobs. 

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Highway 515 wrecks up 53 percent

Below are images of four wrecks on Highway 515 from April, May and June of 2015.

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Statistics recently released by Georgia State Patrol Post #28 show a significant increase in crashes along the Highway 515 corridor in Pickens County over 2014 numbers. The week following this article saw another fatal wreck on Highway 515

For the full story including comments from the local GSP commander see print or online editions.