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Christmas gift comes early with decent weather for parades



Jasper and Ball Ground both got early Christmas gifts in the form of "not-too-bad" weather for their parades over the weekend.

In Ball Ground Friday, the parade had just ended when the bottom fell out with heavy rain. And in Jasper (see picture above) on Saturday night it was cold but not the coldest Jasper Night of Lights and dry. Rain didn't develop until much later.

See information on Christmas events at area churches in this week's print edition.

Student collecting items to send to US troops in Afghanistan

 Make your donations in downtown Jasper by Saturday


Hannah Clark wants to collect items to send in carepackages to American troops in the Middle East. Make your donation at Moore Furniture and other downtown businesses by Saturday.


            Between school and working part-time at the local Boys & Girls Club, PHS sophomore Hannah Clark is spending time this Christmas giving back to soldiers who are spending their holidays overseas.


            “She’s very altruistic,” said Tonia Clark, Hanna’s mother. “She’s one of those who wants to give to people but doesn’t expect anything in return.”


            Clark said her daughter was inspired to start collecting items for soldiers after two local marines from the Marine Corps League came to speak to children at the Boys & Girls Club – and now she has set a goal to collect and deliver 100 care packages as a Christmas gifts for the men and women actively serving in Afghanistan.


            “She listened to these men who came to talk and realized she wanted to do something to say thanks for fighting for the freedoms we have in this country,” Clark said. “She always tells me voting is not a right it’s a responsibility, and these are the people that make sure we have that right because they actually care about our freedom.”


            There are several drop locations around town, including Jasper Drug & Gifts, Moore Furniture, All South Copiers and North Georgia Bank. Items needed must fit inside a shoebox and include energy bars, batteries, packets of flavor for water, jerky, instant coffee, personal hygiene items and more. You can visit for a comprehensive list of items soldiers love to receive.


             Clark and her daughter set up at Jasper Drugs & Gifts last weekend to solicit donations from customers, and in addition to some donated items she has raised money that will go towards postage. She has also received donations from Jasper Dental Associates and Microtel.


            “We got 100 toothbrushes from the dentist and soap, conditioner and shampoo from the motel," Clark said. "This is 100 percent her and I'm very proud. She’s been to events, but this is all her and I’m very proud.”





Mitton's "Yes to the Dress" to air Friday


       Lindsay Mitton and fiance Caleb Rice will be on TLC this Friday night.


     From bridesmaid to bride, Lindsay Mitton’s Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta will air this Friday, Dec. 6th at 9 pm on TLC. The local bride has served in 15 weddings and will herself be married to fiancé Caleb Rice on December 14th. She is the daughter of Mark and Amy Mitton of Jasper.


Christmas parades this weekend

Seasonal celebrations in Ball Ground, Jasper, rain-or-shine


City of Jasper employees prune the trees on Main Street then put Christmas lights up ahead of festivities this weekend.


     “Bundle up and come on out,” said Jasper Merchants Association President Nancy Watkins on the 7th annual Night of Lights Parade Saturday, Dec. 7 in Jasper. Ball Ground is also taking a show-must-go-on attitude for their Christmas Parade, Friday night beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Capitol reporter offers analysis of Affordable Care Act



By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter
    Regular readers know that I have written extensively on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    As a result, I have been barraged with both questions and strong political commentary. 
    During the course of reading everything I can get my hands on (including major parts of the bill) and talking to experts on the law (as well as