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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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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:
A wedding photo of Ryan Quinton and Kali Shay Dobson Quinton taken the day of the fatal accident. Photo from Still Pearl Photography supplied by family.
A single car crash took the life of a young bride who was riding with her new husband after leaving the reception in Ball Ground Sunday night, Dec. 29.
According to a Georgia State Patrol report, Kali Shay Dobson Quinton, 25, of Ball Ground, was killed when the Pontiac Firebird driven by Ryan Patrick Quinton, 27, of Jasper, left the roadway and went down an embankment in front of a church on Highway 5 in Ball Ground.
While no formal presentations were made, the county CFO announced at the final commissioner’s meeting of the year that several completed financial reports are now available to the public.
Among these reports are the final audit from fiscal year 2012, a historical review of the county’s fund balance and changes in debt and capital assets for fiscal years 2004 through 2012, and a report of projects that were (and were not) funded through the 2008 SPLOST that wraps up collections this year.
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Organizers are preparing to welcome a large crowd to downtown Jasper for the 2013 New Year’s Eve celebration featuring fireworks, a ball drop, vendors, music and giveaways (see full page ad this week for details).
Jasper Mayor John Weaver said the city, the Chamber of Commerce, Jasper Merchants Association and downtown business owners are working to establish this as an annual celebration that will fill the streets with people ringing in the New Year.