Get Adobe Flash player


Teachable moment found in a bag of chips

JES holds mock trial over Fourth Amendment rights


    Jasper Elementary School students in Courtroom A of the Pickens County Courthouse. Students in Mrs. Darlene Crenshaw’s class took part in a mock trial while other JES 5th graders looked on.

“My client, Clay Shoffer, has been wronged,” said the Jasper Elementary School 5th grade student who acted as council for another student who alleged his teacher, Mrs. Crenshaw, violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

Record-breaking crowd at Marble Festival

Attendance up 50 percent since 2007, says director


    The house was packed for the Saturday evening performance by the Lonesome River Band. GrassBackardz and Thomas Fountain also performed on Saturday, as well as contestants who entered the Georgia State Bluegrass Championship on both Saturday and Sunday. Flatline took home $1,000 for best bluegrass band.
    According to Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Denise Duncan, this year’s Georgia Marble Festival was the best to-date with record-breaking crowds exceeding 10,000.


“Bear”demonium causing traffic issues

Concern expressed for bear in tree;

crowds asked to give animal some space




   Jasper Police Officers are asking the crowds to stay back from the cele-BEAR-ity that has taken up residence in a high oak on the edge of downtown.

   The officers said the crowds are interfering with traffic, with people stepping out in front of cars to get pictures of the black bear that has been perched in a fork in the tree since 9 p.m. last night.

   Officers also expressed concern for the bear. The animal, thought to weigh between 250-300 pounds, moves every once in a while as though it is looking for a way down.

   It was also pointed out by that the bear hasn’t had any water since last night and it has gotten warm in the sun – especially when you have a big black fur coat on and are hanging on to a tree limb.

   Jasper's Animal Control Officer felt the bear would come down on its own and return to the woods if given a good break -- though it may wait until after dark and people leave. 


Main Street goes ballistic

Not intended for Armageddon, but new business can accommodate


    Protective Structure’s owners and operators (l to r) Carrie Schlosser, Rachel McClain and Shelley Hill. The female business partners are pictured inside one of their on-site storm shelter displays.

    When I walked into Protective Structures, the newest addition to Jasper’s artillery of Main Street businesses, I didn’t imagine an interview about storm shelters and bulletproof materials would get emotional.
    But there was a lot about the interview I hadn’t expected.
    I wandered in out of sheer curiosity --- for weeks I had driven by the new sign advertising “Bullet and Storm Resistant Systems & Materials.” The thought of an emergency preparedness shop on a small-town’s Main Street was so unorthodox I couldn’t resist. 


Bear in downtown Jasper tree




UPDATED -- the bear has come down and returned to the woods unharmed.


Updated -- the large bear remains in the tree on the edge of downtown Jasper as of mid-morning. Jasper Animal Control Officer Lonnie Waters assured several people stopping by to take pictures that he has no plans to shoot, dart or do anything to the bear "unless something happens."

He also quickly told one person that he definitely isn't going to climb up to get it. Waters estimated the bear might weigh as much as 250-300 pounds.

The animal control officer predicted the bear would eventually sneak back off into the woods -- most likely after dark tonight.


Original story --

As of about 5:30 a.m. Thursday this bear was still clinging to the top of an oak tree in the small city park on the edge of downtown Jasper. The tree is on the grounds of the Old Roper Hospital where the bear fled after Jasper's animal control officer chased it out of a residential neighborhood about 9 p.m. last night. According to deputies who stopped by to check on it, it had first settled on a lower branch before moving higher durng the night.

A walker out early on Thursday said South Main Street had been a hotbed of bear activity lately -- the basic in-town bear behaviour eating bird feeders and turning over garbage cans.



Corrected -- Waters said he isn't sure this is a bear he chased out of a residential neighborhood last night. Though he answered two different bear calls, Waters said, "There are so many bears, I don't know if that is him or not."