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Duck Pond work waddles into November

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     Jasper Mayor John Weaver and city employees Richard Simmons and Gary Poole stand atop a half-finished waterfall at the Duck Pond. Other crew members were at the quarry.
    The renovation at the Jasper City Park that began as a one-month endeavor has been extended to what Jasper Mayor John Weaver estimates could be as long as three months.
    But, Weaver reported to city council at their October meeting on Monday, the wait will be worth it.

 

3,419 miles and counting

Talking Rock man to run across country for Alzheimer's

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Jack Fussell has set a goal of running from Georgia to California beginning in January. He will use a stroller similar to this one on his journey.  

     Invoking the spirit of Forrest Gump, Terry Fox and Ashley Kumlien, Talking Rock resident Jack Fussell has decided he wants to run all the way across the country – by himself. 
    “I was an insurance agent and was on the road a lot and ate all the wrong things - fast food, McDonald’s. I was pretty heavy for 25 years,” Fussell said, who peaked at nearly 300 pounds before having a serious health issue that encouraged him to lead a healthier life.     

Gov. cites record job growth in state

 

Latest statistics show four-year growth trend with more than 28,000 new positions created last year

 

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that jobs and investment generated by the Global Commerce division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development jumped by almost a third during the state’s most recent fiscal year. The department reported that the 403 company expansions or locations with which it assisted created 28,776 jobs, an increase of 29 percent from last fiscal year, and $5.97 billion in investment, a 32 percent increase. These statistics reflect a trend of continued growth since the state’s 2009 fiscal year.

“These figures are more than numbers — they represent the growth of hope and opportunity for our citizens,” said Deal. “This tangible evidence of proactive company growth is a sign that not only is our economy on the path to recovery, but also that Georgia’s top-notch business climate has helped us stand out against our competition.”

The 403 projects worked on by GDEcD’s Global Commerce Division during fiscal year 2012, which ended June 30, 2012, also represented an 11 percent increase from the previous year. Of those projects, 36 percent were new locations, highlighted by companies such as Baxter, Caterpillar and Bed, Bath & Beyond. These three projects alone created 4,100 jobs. The remaining 64 percent were expansions by existing Georgia companies. The largest of these expansions were by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (1,000 jobs) and Home Depot (700 jobs).

Foreign direct investment, which typically creates more jobs per project, accounted for 29 percent of the year’s projects. Kia suppliers such as Mando and Daewon America continued to add jobs to the west Georgia region while others around the state were generated by companies including Kubota, Toyota Industries, Erdrich Umformtechnik, Dinex and SANY.  

 

Expect lane closures on Hwy. 515 for concrete repair

 

WHEN:         Tuesday, October 2 through Friday, October 5, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:    State Route (SR) 515/Appalachian Development Highway in Pickens County

                             WHAT:       Georgia DOT Maintenance crews will work on the deteriorating concrete spots on SR 515’s roadway between mile markers 3 and 3.4 in Pickens County.   Work will proceed daily between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.