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Mountain bike concept plan funded for Talking Rock Nature Preserve

  “We want to do this right,” says land trust director

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The entrance to the Talking Rock Nature Preserve, a short distance from Hwy. 515 in Whitestone. The public is welcome to walk on the property but no trails are marked yet.


The Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land, Inc. and the Ellijay Mountain Bike Association have teamed up to fund a professional concept design plan for a mountain bike trail at the Talking Rock Nature Preserve, 211 acres located in north Pickens.  

The concept plan will be completed by International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)’s Trail Solutions division, an international leader in single-track trail development with hundreds of successful projects around the globe. 

Amicalola EMC announces scholarships for high school students


        Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Amicalola EMC Scholarship program and the 2016 Washington Youth Tour program. 

Seniors who live in an Amicalola EMC household and plan to attend college may apply for scholarships. 

Patrols beefed up at Antioch/515


The intersection of Antioch Church Road and Highway 515. 


      In direct response to a forum regarding a proposal to install a concrete median at Antioch Church Road and Highway 515, Jasper’s mayor has increased police presence at the intersection.

Several dozen Talking Rock residents, business owners and leaders spoke in adamant opposition to GDOT’s proposition, which would force right turns off of Antioch Church Road onto the four-lane. 

Leaders see 2016 as positive year for growth

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Angela Reinhardt / Photo
Things are looking up for economy, local leaders believe. They are definitely aiming high at the recently relocated Get to the Pointe Dance Studio that opened this month.
    After several years of stagnant growth, city and county leaders say they see a light at the end of the tunnel, citing a welcome economic uptick in 2015 they expect to gain momentum in 2016.
    At a recent Family Connections meeting, Jasper Mayor Weaver said he believes the area is on the cusp of a growth wave that will “wash over us, wash over Blue Ridge and bounce back and wash over us again.” Weaver

State Rep. Jasperse previews legislative session



with Representative Rick Jasperse

The Legislative session will be underway when you read this. I thought you might like to see the top issues and the variety of issues that will or could be addressed this year.