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Plenty of bears roaming Jasper streets

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This bear was caught off Navaho Trail in Jasper last week. Just a few days later a different bear was seen on the same road.

     “You can’t accuse every bear of being aggressive or getting too close,” said City of Jasper Animal Control Officer Lonnie Waters, explaining why one bear was trapped recently and others continue “growling and prowling and sniffing the air.”
    Maybe the bears here aren’t really growling as the song says Smokey does to spot forest fires, but it’s hard to rhyme with turning over garbage cans and startling people – the main activities of bears in Jasper.

See the print or online edition for comments about local bear sightings and a map of bear sightings in the city limits.

Serving preppers, vets, and everyday Joes

From gas masks to zombie supplies at X Military Stuff
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    X Military Stuff owner Joe Kirk makes an effort to offer a varied assortment of military surplus items at his Jasper store. 

     The camel-colored building at the intersection of Depot Street and East Church Street is quiet and unassuming, so much so that passersby may not notice it now houses the military surplus store X-Military Stuff.
    The only signs are a modest banner hanging in the window and a small multi-colored display discreetly flashing “OPEN.”

Affordable Care Act Overview

A look at the implementation of the new healthcare policies in Georgia
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By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter
    On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Commonly known as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA).  Accompanied by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, the law represents a significant government expansion and reorganization of the American health care system.    

 

3,000 new students join ranks as Chattahoochee Tech opens doors to a new school year

A new semester and school year got off to a rainy start Monday at Chattahoochee Technical College. Georgia’s largest technical college begins classes on August 19 with changes for the new semester with approximately 10,700 students of which more than 3,100 were new. 

“This is always an exciting time of year,” said Chattahoochee Technical College President Ron Newcomb. “We have new programs beginning and new students joining us for the first time. We also welcome back students who are finishing their degrees, diplomas and certificates this year and are eager to help them start or continue their careers.”

Fountain nominated for Georgia Country Male Artist of the Year

Thomas Fountain needs your votes

 

thomasfountain Jasper-born Thomas Fountain has made it into the semi-finals for the title of Georgia County Male Artist of the Year through Georgia-Country.com and he needs your help taking home the title.

    Fountain, who was raised in Jasper and who currently lives Ball Ground, is one of 12 remaining musicians competing in this category in the state.
    Fountain was a former member of the popular local cover band 53 West, but stepped away from music for a while before returning last year with a new vision and a new direction.