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Call for Artists – ArtFest 2013 fast approaching


    Keith Sparks – driftwood. Collecting beautiful and solid pieces of driftwood floating about the southeastern waterways led his creative spirit to doing what he does today. ‘Driftwood Creations.’

By Ron Barnes
Artfest organizer

    We are counting down to Jasper ArtFest 2013, and there are only 71 days left!
    It’s hard to believe that we are into the 3rd Annual Jasper ArtFest, when it seems like just yesterday we had an idea to try a downtown art festival. It has been a somewhat surprising success from day one. Last year we had no luck with the weather, but managed to have a good turnout of artists and guests anyway.
    As always, we are trying a couple of new things this year to make it even better.
    Local artist Bob Jorns is organizing a plein aire art competition this year, featuring artists around the festival site actually painting the outdoors. For those not familiar with plein aire, it is a French expression meaning “in the open air.” Artists will complete their work during an allotted time on Saturday and the work will be judged that evening for selection of prize winners. Their work will also be available for sale through Sharptop Arts Association. If you happen to know an artist of this persuasion, tell them to contact Bob Jorns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Another addition on Saturday is an outdoor celebration of food and beer (or wine if you prefer) at the Woodbridge Inn, hosted in part by Eagle Rock Distributing Company. In addition to food and drink there will be music across the bridge. “Novelty food” (shaved ice, kettle corn and so forth) will be offered in the food court, but for meals we encourage everyone to go to one of our participating restaurants who will be featured on our maps and in our Welcome Booth.
    We already have a record number of artists signed up to display and sell their original works. As usual, the work must be juried for admission and will not include crafts or resale. We do allow no more than two artists to share a booth so the $95 entry fee is very economical compared to most juried shows. Displaying artists will be judged for best booth prizes as well. There is no admission to the public, so we want everyone to come and enjoy the fun.
    We also have the return of the popular “Art of the Auto” display featuring Ford Model “A’s” on Saturday and the always popular “Big Rig” show of custom road tractors on Sunday. Both auto displays will begin at 11 and conclude by 3 on South Main.
    Of course, we really need the participation of volunteers and sponsors. Sponsor money is what makes this show happen. We do not seek to make a profit but there are still tons of expenses associated with this type of event. Any surplus we may have will be donated to a local cause. The available sponsor levels along with sponsor pledge forms can be found by going to
    This year we will be offering “Sponsor Wampum” in the form of a rebate for sponsors levels of $500 or more to be used during the show for art purchases (details are on the website). You will also receive more than your money’s worth in advertising.
    Show dates are April 20-21 from 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4  on Sunday.
    We want everyone to attend. You don’t have to leave town for a new experience! Come support our artists and local businesses, and help make Jasper the center of foothill art experiences!
    Ron Barnes is a director of the Jasper ArtFest Organizing Committee. More information can be obtained by visiting or by e-mailing JasperArtFest@gmail. com. All claims are believed to be accurate but are not warranted by JasperArtFest, LLC.

Dog rescued from cheese ball jug later put down


    Even though this dog was rescued from the stuck cheese ball container, it had to be destroyed later due to aggressiveness.

Neighbors around Collins Road north of Jasper were surprised to see a large, male dog with a big jug stuck on his head walking around their streets last week.        
    City of Jasper Animal Control Officer Lonnie Waters was called in to help county animal control rescue the Rottweiler/Shepherd mix dog whose hunger got him into a mess when he got his head stuck inside a plastic jug that previously housed orange cheese balls.


The Great American Treasure Hunt in Jasper Feb. 6-9


     Brent Bishop looks over a 13-colony US flag that was brought in by a local customer in West Virginia.

Do you ever wonder what that old toy, class ring or piece of war memorabilia you have stashed away in your closet is worth? You might be sitting on a small fortune. Mark your calendar because the Great American Treasure Hunt and their specialists are coming to Microtel in Jasper. The traveling road show will be at the Highway 515 hotel Feb. 6, 7, 8, and 9, Wednesday-Friday (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Fourth generation dealers take wheel at Day’s Chevrolet


    4th Generation Dealer Principals Daniel and Andrew Diemer taking over the family owned   and operated Day's Chevrolet. L-R: Glen Mohr, Chevrolet zone Manager; Daniel Diemer (seated), Dealer Principal, Day’s Chevrolet Acworth; Calvin Diemer, Owner/President; Day’s Auto Group; Andrew Diemer, Dealer Principal, Day’s Chevrolet Jasper.  

      Daniel and Andrew Diemer, fourth generation dealer principals at Day’s Chevrolet, have become acting general managers at Day’s Chevrolet in Acworth and Day’s Chevrolet in Jasper.
    In 1959, long before Daniel and Andrew were born, great-grandfather Levi Day opened Day’s Chevrolet on South Main Street in Acworth, Ga. In those days his lot was filled with Chevrolet’s latest displays of American strength on the highway. Models like Bel Air, Biscayne, Impala, Brookwood and the sporty new El Camino filled the parking lot, waiting to be taken out for a test of their power and style. This youngest generation of Day’s Chevrolet dealers showcases cars that boast fuel efficiency, with increased MPG as the top automotive prize for many drivers.
    The times have changed, the cars have changed and four generations of Levi Day’s family have helped thousands of drivers find their perfect vehicle.
    Today, Day’s Chevrolet has expanded to three locations: a newly renovated store on North Cobb Parkway in Acworth, a new store in Jasper, Ga., and the just-opened Day’s Preowned Supercenter in Rockmart. All are owned and operated by third-and fourth-generation members of the family. Calvin Diemer, Levi’s grandson, is president and owner. Sons Daniel and Andrew Diemer are Dealer Principals of the Acworth store and the new Jasper Store. 
    “We are a family company,” says Daniel. “My brother and I worked at the dealership from the time we were kids. And like my dad before us, we knew we wanted to go into this business.”
    “My father and grandfather were proud that we were interested in building on what they had started. And now my boys will carry us into the future,” Calvin added.
    The company’s growth is a testament to the family’s many years of building strong customer relationships in sales and service. “When my great-grandfather started this company he knew that people would come back to them if he treated them fairly,” says Andrew. Now the original 6,000 square foot dealership has grown to three. The largest - at 60,000 square feet - is the Acworth store.
    According to Calvin, “Our new store in Jasper, the new Preowned Supercenter in Rockmart and the renovated and improved Acworth store have us lined up to carry on the family tradition of providing an outstanding sales and service experience for our customers for the next four generations of Day’s Chevrolet.”

Local Filmmaker hits the ground running

Video for country music star, moves Shane Godfrey's work  to national audience




A one-man film crew, Shane Godfrey at work. He does all the filming himself and edits on his kitchen table. His first music video was considered CMT quality.

Filmmakers and artists are expected to toil undiscovered for years before they catch a big break.

   For Pickens County’s Shane Godfrey, a former grader, pipeline contractor and a current reserve deputy, his emergence to a national audience came quickly with a country music video this winter.