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Big day for Good Samaritan


     The Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Clinic officially opened their first permanent building Monday. Jeff Downing of the free clinic's board addressed those on hand for the ribbon cutting as Good Sam's Executive Director Carole Maddux looks on, shown above.

Local Vet discusses recent Canine Flu outbreak


    By Dr. Lyn Lewis of Wayside Animal Hospital

     In the last few weeks my office has gotten a lot of calls about the canine flu epidemic in Chicago. It has been reported that well over a thousand dogs have been infected, and quite a few have died. Now it has been confirmed in four states and suspected in 10 more. It is unknown how many dogs may now be infected. Dogs have been presenting with a fever, lethargy, and coughing. The cases that have become

Efforts underway to help Nelson woman whose home flooded last week


This home in Nelson flooded after rains in mid April.

By Ralph O. Dennis
Contributing writer
     The community has and is still rallying around Jeanne Reynolds whose Nelson house was flooded with the rains of April 19th. She has had to live in a motel room since then. This is uncomfortable for her and her family. The citizens and support groups of this area are helping though.

Complete guide to Tom Cruise movie mania

BallGroundRocks  Larry Cavender / Photo
    Ball Ground rocks won’t make the big screen. Crews remove rocks from the small town’s Main Street earlier this week as set up begins for the forthcoming Tom Cruise action film to be shot there in May.

     In this week's Progress you can find out all the juicy details about the filming of Mena in Ball Ground, which starts Tom Cruise. Find out how to be an extra, how to get your vintage car in the movie, what temporary changes will be happening in town, road closures and filming dates.

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Lions Club to absorb Sharptop Arts

New art alliance forms as Sharptop Arts Association disbands

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The Jasper Lions Club donated this building to the Sharptop Arts Association in the 70s, where it has operated since that time.    

The small, white building at 68 D.B. Carroll Street in downtown Jasper has served many purposes since it was built in the 1930s.
    Recently, Sharptop Arts Association President and Lions Club member Mark Miller recalled the building’s long history. After initially serving as a meeting space for the women’s club, Miller

explained, it was deeded to the Lions who donated it to the county for use as a library. When the library no longer operated from that space ownership of the building reverted to the Lions, who then donated it to a startup organization called Sharptop Arts & Crafts Association.
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