Jasper Youth Sports Association is gearing up for their 2011 season with practices beginning later this month. Here girls participate in the cheer camp at the old gym at Jasper Elementary School. Both cheer and football camp run the week of July 11 through July 15.
According to city officials, there are still a few days left to register your five to 12 year old for cheerleading and football through their youth sports program.
“We want as many children to play as can play,” said Jasper Youth Sports Association President Joe Nold in a later interview. “As long as they register by the end of the week they’re good to go.”
According to Nold, the city sports program has seen an increase in cheerleader registrations and a decrease in football registrations for this season.
“We’ve got about 102 for cheerleading and about 130 for football,” he said. “That’s up about 20 for the cheer and down about the same for football.”
Nold noted that because of recent fund-raising efforts the association has been able to replace out-of-date equipment.
“Last year we spent $15,000 on new helmets, and this year we spent $9,000 on shoulder pads,” he said. “When I started here we had equipment that was 10 to 15 years old.”
Cost for the program is $150 per participant for football and $140 for cheerleading, and there are hardship scholarships available to those who qualify.
That cost also includes cheer and football camp fees for those activities going on the week of July 11 through July 15.
“On Thursday and Friday we are having cheer and football camp at PHS from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and kids can come register there and participate those two days,” Nold said.
Practice for both cheer and football begins July 25, with the first game coming August 20. The regular season will run through October 15.
A mayor’s golf tournament is planned for July 27 at Bent Tree to raise money for the youth sports program.
According to Jasper Finance Director Tacie Williams, there are still several openings for that golf event.
You can learn more about the program by visiting www.jysadragons.org. You can also contact Nold at 770-380-9176.
Jasper Animal Control Officer Lonnie Waters says calls have been way up in the last 30 days with his department fielding a wide variety of unusual complaints.
“We’ve had everything from nine baby snakes to 17 cows and two donkeys,” Waters said, who told the council his office has handled 26 calls this month.
“We’ve been rather busy,” he said. “We’ve had two to five calls a day.”
Waters also noted his office has registered 50 pets under the city’s new licensing program, and that they are still receiving calls to have more signed up.
“It’s been better than I expected,” he said.
Waters said tags for registered animals have now come in and will soon be distributed.
The preconstruction meeting for the water tank on Allred Mill Road is set for July 28 with tank construction to begin soon after.
The water tower project is being funded with a $300,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and a $700,000 low-interest loan from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.
Water tank expansion on Hwy 515 has been underway for nearly a decade, and in the past, Jasper Mayor John Weaver has said water tank improvements such as these signal to industry and businesses that there is adequate fire protection.
The Allred tank will be located on property near the Jasper Flea Market and will be visible from the RaceTrac convenience store on Hwy 515.
The elevation of the tank will be 1,550 feet––57 feet lower than the Woodbridge Inn tank.
Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors out of Indiana won the project with a bid of $946,470.
Audit report submitted on time
According to Jasper Finance Director Tacie Williams, the city’s audit report has been completed and was filed with the state by the June 30 deadline.
“We’re really pleased with it,” she said.