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Jasper cyclist touring U.S hit by car

 

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   Photo of McGhee crossing into Texas on his bicycle. Unfortunately for McGhee his ride around the country suffered a set back after he was hit by a car in Navasota, Texas.

     While cycling along a farm to market road in southeastern Texas Monday, Mike McGhee was struck by a vehicle, breaking his shoulder, mangling his bike and cracking his guitar.

“Actually I’m in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in. I’m extremely lucky,” McGhee joked during a phone interview from his hotel in Navasota, Texas where he will spend a few days recovering. “I’ve got a broken shoulder, but it’s not really that bad - it doesn’t require surgery.”

Three stores burglarized overnight

   Jasper Police are investigating burglaries at three separate locations that occurred after business hours between Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 2.

   Nails & Spa 4 U and Mellow Mist vape shop, both located in the retail strip on Mountainside Village Parkway off Highway 515 next to Rocco’s Pub, and Dunn’s North convenience store off Highway 515, were all broken into in a similar manner. Sgt. Matt Dawkins with Jasper Police said the doors were popped open with a crow bar, but no glass was broken. None of the businesses were open at the time of the break-ins.

   According to Sgt. Dawkins, beer and cigarettes were stolen from Dunn’s North, and an undisclosed amount of cash from the nail salon. Nothing was stolen from the vape store.

Rep. Tom Graves Proposes Cyber Self Defense Bill

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     Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today proposed the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC). The bill makes changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to allow the use of limited defensive measures that exceed the boundaries of one’s network in an attempt to identify and stop attackers. Once a cybercriminal is identified, the victim can share that information with law enforcement or try to disrupt an ongoing attack.

Jasper’s wastewater future at crossroads

 

Sewage will dictate growth but up-front costs a major

hurdle for city

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Sewage flows into Jasper’s wastewater plant on Montview Drive. The plant can handle 800,000 gallons a day but growth will require expansion.

Jasper’s longtime mayor and longtime water/wastewater superintendent took slightly different views of the city’s sewage position in an interview last week while providing a tour of the city’s infrastructure. 

Water Superintendent David Hall explained the differing opinions come from him being a pessimist and Jasper Mayor John Weaver being an optimist.

The city officials agreed that Jasper is at a “crossroads,” with both water and sewage at or near capacity. And both men agree strongly that water and sewage availability will dictate growth potential for the future.

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STAR Student and teacher interviews

 

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2017 STAR Student from PHS is Jonathan Friedman.

     The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR banquet on Thursday evening, March 9.  The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper, Georgia.   

Ms. Carrie McCurdy, 2000 Pickens High School STAR Student, will be the guest speaker for the 2017 banquet. This year the Optimists will recognize the 2017 STAR Student and Teacher along with