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Help get Talking Rock trainers to ‘the American Idol of horse shows’

Click here to vote online Jan. 16-25 to send Fancy Mount Farms to “Epic Night of the Horse”

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    Elaina Schmersey and Jordyn Delmet awakened the force in the Star Wars themed performance they created for the Midwest Horse Fair Star Search contest. They are one of three competitors for the last finalist position in "Epic Night of the Horse." Follow this link to see a clip of their performance. 


    Two local horse trainers have beat out trainers from 23 states and Canada for a chance to perform at the prestigious “Epic Night of the Horse” competition - but they need your votes to get there.
    Elaina Schmersey and Jordyn Delmet are one of three finalists in the Midwest Horse Fair Star Search’s “Online Fan Favorite” contest. Whichever of these finalists gets the most votes will be become one of five Open Division finalists in “Epic Night of the Horse,” to be held during the 2017 Midwest Horse Fair. The winner gets $10,000 and exposure that could catapult their career to the next level. 

Big change sought by new council member

 

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Jasper City Council member Dr. Sonny Proctor, right, wants to separate the positions of mayor and city manager. 

     With just one meeting under his belt, the newest Jasper City Council member has called for “better business practices” and a separation of the mayoral and city manager position, which are both currently held by John Weaver. 

     Ultimately, Mayor Weaver was appointed by a vote of four to one by council. 
     See full story including comments from Mayor Weaver in our print or online editions
 

The final trip... done how he’d want it

“It was our last ride together,” said widow

 

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    The family of Pickens resident Norman Mulkey, who passed away on  Dec. 25, 2016, asked that he be transported from the funeral home to the gravesite in his favorite pickup truck. Here, pallbearers unload the casket as survivors, including wife Becky, look on. 

It was early afternoon on a Wednesday when Norman Mulkey was laid to rest just beyond the crest of a hill at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.  

The December 28th funeral procession that traveled there from Cagle Funeral Home snaked down the long drive that led  from the garden’s entrance to the gravesite, where final, teary goodbyes were said and hugs were exchanged. 

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood

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The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.  

Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected. 

“Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.”