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Georgia’s unemployment declines to 8.7 percent

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 8.7 percent in August, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.8 percent in July. The rate was three-tenths of a percentage point lower than 9.0 percent in August a year ago. The decline follows three consecutive months of rate increases. 

“The primary reason the rate dropped is that we had a significant reduction in layoffs, in fact, the fewest since September 2007,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Also, we had a small increase in the number of jobs.” 

Roadkill: Squirrels dying for food?

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An unlucky one - Shortening days and lack of available acorns and hickory nuts have squirrels scampering friskily about in search of food for the winter. This poor squirrel didn’t make it across Talking Rock Hwy.

     Although some have been known to reach 10 years old, a typical Georgia gray squirrel probably only lives a couple of years. But if the death toll of squirrels seen on area roadways over the past week is any indication, Jasper’s squirrel mortality rate is pretty high right now.
    Travelers throughout the county have noticed lots of squirrels darting into roads and, all too often, underneath our tires. While some make it – drivers often breathe a sigh of relief when they look in their rear view mirror to see a furry tail fleeing to the other side of the road – others don’t.

Long Table on Main brings unique dining, music to Jasper

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    The 18-piece Atlanta Swing orchestra, a professional dance band from Atlanta, performing in the tradition of the great swing bands of the forties and fifties,  will headline The Long Table on Main.

By Dennis  Santucci

    Imagine a long, long dining table with a white table cloth and white chairs. The table is elegantly set with china and crystal. A hundred or more people all in black and white attire are mingling, cheerfully engaged in conversation or dancing to an 18-piece orchestra under the stars. The

 

Jasper cemetery tour offers glimpse into past

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    Members of the local Daughters of the American Revolution welcome more than 50 people to the old section of the Jasper City Cemetery on Church Street Sunday where they discussed their historical research.

    A tour of the old section of the Jasper City Cemetery drew more than 50 people Sunday to hear members of the local Daughters of the American Revolution discuss the history they unearthed during their research.

Young Life kicks off year with Colorball

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 It was an explosion of color and fun, hot dogs on the grill and a great chance for the kids to hang out with their friends and leaders at the first Young Life activity of the year.

By Bonnie Carlton
Pickens County Young Life
     Pickens County Young Life kicked off the new school year on Monday, Sept. 9, when students from Pickens High School and their Young Life leaders came together for Color-Ball. It was an explosion of color and fun, hot dogs on the grill and a great chance for kids to hang out with their friends and leaders.