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We’ve had low temps, but not record breaking


By William Dilbeck
Progress Weather Contributor

    As you can imagine I've had several calls about the low temperatures that we have encountered and people are wondering what’s the lowest we have ever had in Jasper.
    Well it happened not so long ago in January of 1985. It was -14, on January 21, 1985.

Move over 706, there's a new area code in town


   “Hello? Hellloooo?”
    If you’re a new customer trying to get a 706 telephone number, time is running out, because the North American Number Planning Administration recently announced that they have assigned the last of 706 numbers to service providers.
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Flu season getting started



From North Georgia Health District


Dalton (GA) - The New Year is just beginning, and with the holidays
behind us, many people think the time has also passed to get a flu shot.
However, the peak of the flu season is still ahead and according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity continues
to increase across the nation

The predominant strain of the flu virus that is now circulating in the
U.S. is the influenza A (H1N1) virus that created a pandemic in 2009.
Protection against that strain of the flu virus is included in this
season’s influenza vaccine - the vaccine also protects against
influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B viruses.


Jasperse's bills to be most talked about in upcoming session

Jasperse to introduce bills that allow for elected school superintendents, expanded gun rights


    Rick Jasperse, who represents Pickens County as part of his District 11 in the Georgia state house, will likely have two of the most debate-provoking bills in the upcoming session of the legislature beginning in mid-January.
    Jasperse has already begun work to bring back a gun rights bill that failed to pass in the last session and will introduce new legislation allowing counties to return to elected school superintendents if they desire.

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A vow that is easily kept is rarely worth making


By Garry Barber
Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor
    2014 (like all years past and future) will begin with a swell of promises and resolutions. Perhaps you have thought, “This year I will not be disappointed.  This year I will set my sights low and ensure that my resolution vows are like the side of a barn … targets I can’t miss.”          Let me make a few suggestions from the resolutions I am considering for 2014: