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Schools gear up for the first day

Harmony sees largest new enrollment
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For information about the upcoming school year click here to see this week’s special school insert, which includes profiles of each school and other important information for parents. 
   

    At their July meeting, the Pickens County school board seemed pleased about student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year, with 93 new students signed up during countywide registration.  
    Harmony Elementary saw the highest new student enrollment at 26; followed by 13 at Hill City Elementary; then 12 at both Jasper Elementary and Pickens High; eight for the pre-k program; nine at Tate Elementary; seven at Pickens County Middle; and six at Jasper Middle. 

Main Stop Market burglary work of professionals, police say

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    Plywood covers the door of Main Stop Market after it was smashed during a robbery on July 13th.

    It took four robbers less than three minutes to break in and make off with the safe from Main Stop Market, in the early morning hours of July 13th.
    Jasper Police Sgt. Matt Dawkins said the work appears tied to a criminal group that has committed a rash of commercial burglaries in north Georgia including Lumpkin County, Cherokee County, Gainesville, Cleveland and Dalton, primarily at convenience stores.

A local man’s “giant leap for mankind"

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Billy Childers relaxing at his home in Ball Ground. Childers worked for 41 years with the space program including the Apollo moon landings and the Space Shuttle Program.

By Larry Cavender
Contributing writer

    "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Those memorable words were declared by Neil Armstrong 47 years ago this week when he first set foot on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969 as the commander of Apollo 11. A local connection to Armstrong, the moon landing, and many other NASA space missions is a Ball Ground resident who worked with the space program for forty-one years.

Tuesday final day to vote in school board election

Dismal turnout for school board election

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    “Slow. Slow. Slow.”
    That’s how Pickens’ Elections and Registration Supervisor Julianne Robertson described the runoff turnout for a school board seat, which pits incumbent Mike Cowart against Katherine White.

Jasper mayor discusses downtown plans

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The mayor believes making Main Street one way only,  going north, will create more of a friendly, shopping environment in downtown.

     Many downtown business owners in mid-June voiced opinions on potential plans to improve Jasper’s traffic flow, a project currently on the drawing board with paid consulting firm Kimley-Horn.
    Missing from that presentation, however, was a plan advocated by Mayor John Weaver, who vocally complained at the meeting that some of the displayed plans were impossible to build.
See full story with comments from Jasper Mayor John Weaver and a full map in the print and online editions.