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Leash law to be enforced --- effective immediately


One of these two dogs that killed a neighbor’s pet in the Magnolia Station subdivision of Jasper may have to be destroyed. This case unleashed the city's new aggressive enforcement of their leash law.

     The City of Jasper will begin vigorously enforcing the state’s leash law, effective immediately, following an “informative hearing” on a dangerous dog case at the Jasper City Council meeting Monday night.

     Jasper Mayor John Weaver said the city has been dealing with dogs running loose for too long inside the city limits––for at least twenty years––and it’s time to force owners to control their animals.

     “We are going to control animals in Jasper from this day forward,” Weaver told the council, city hall staff and others at the meeting.

     See the print or online edition to read more about the dangerous dog case and the ramped up enforcement of the Jasper leash law.

July 4th celebration plans heating up

electiongenericBy Doug Brooks

Jasper Lion

Since 1949, the Jasper Lions Club has developed and sponsored an Independence Day Celebration for the citizens of Pickens County. Lion Jerry Tyson is chairing the 2012 Celebration Committee and the theme this year is United We Stand.

Looking back at history a bit we know that we also call it the 4th of July since that was the date in 1776 the U.S. Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress. That document announced the separation of 13 North American British colonies from Britain. Celebrating the day as a holiday became common only after the War of 1812.

Smoke damage closes Racetrac --- UPDATED



The closed Racetrac on Hwy. 515 displays a 999 gas price to discourage anyone from pulling in to the location.

     Usual early-morning business was interrupted Saturday, June 9 at the RaceTrac on Hwy. 515 when a stand-alone sandwich cooler caught fire around 6 a.m.

     According to the Jasper Fire Department’s incident report, a customer told workers on duty that they could smell smoke. Unable to find the source of the smell, the workers and customers evacuated the gas station and called 911.

Gas prices keep going down

Georgia, June 11- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen  in the past week, averaging $3.29/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen  in the last week to $3.56/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were  lower than the same day one year ago and are 23.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased  during the last month and stands  lower than this day one year ago.

"While price decreases have heated up on the West Coast, such decreases are drying up in other areas- such as the Great Lakes," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "While current factors still point to some falling gasoline prices in some areas, mainly the West Coast, oil prices haven't continued to shed as much value in the past week. Prices in the past few years have bottomed out in June, we could see a similar situation play out this year," DeHaan said.


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Are you Jasper’s Most Talented?


     As part of their 2012 Independence Day celebration, the Jasper Lions Club is sponsoring a “Jasper’s Most Talented” contest to be held at the bandstand at Lee Newton Park.      Participants may be individuals or groups and may present any kind of family-oriented performance – singing, dancing, dramatic, poetry readings or even pet tricks! There is no entrance fee.

     Performances will be limited to three minutes each for the Preliminary round on Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m. and five minutes each for the Final round on Tuesday, July 3, from 7-8 p.m.

     A panel of judges will choose which contestants advance to the final round, but the audience will pick the ultimate winner. The winning act will perform immediately prior to the always-spectacular fireworks display on the night of the 4th after which the $500 prize will be awarded.

     Sound system will be available at the park. Entrants must provide accompaniment on CD no later than 6 p.m. Get your acts together - deadline for application is Friday, June 22!  Applications may be picked up at the offices of Miller & Associates on weekdays during business hours or can be downloaded from  Watch the Progress for further details.