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Racetrac Re-opens


From  Terrica Oglesby, RaceTrac Associate Manager of PR



The store will reopen for business at 6am Friday morning. We’ll be offering complimentary coffee for the next few days. As we finish up repairs, we’ll have a full selection of gas, cigarettes, coffee, and a limited selection of packaged goods, bottled drinks, and alcohol.  A portion of the store was damaged, but we’ll be upgrading the whole look of the store to be similar to our new 6000sqft. model.


Chamber to hold Commission candidate debate June 19


See report from forum in next week's paper.


Commissioner candidates for the chairman and the district posts will meet in a debate style format June 19th at 6 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce community center.

The event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce will begin with 45 minutes for the candidates from the district post races to discuss issues presented to them.

The district commissioner posts are being elected for the first time in Pickens County, after voters chose to move to a three-member commission from a sole commissioner.

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.

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.

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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