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Marble Festival this weekend

   marble-festival-insert-coverClick here to access the special Georgia Marble Festival publication, which includes everything you need to know about the weekend-long event.

     During the first full weekend in October, Jasper, Georgia and the entire Marble Valley of Pickens County host the annual Georgia Marble Festival.  Thousands of people throughout the U.S. come to experience the rich heritage of the area and learn about the marble industry.  There are many activities going on during this two day celebration including a road race, parade, motorcycle ride & expo, fine arts exhibit, arts & crafts booths, food,

S-curves paving planned for Thursday

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Crews paving Old Cove Road North on Tuesday afternoon. They will move onto the S-Curves off Cove Road on Thursday.

    The City of Jasper is wrapping up a paving project that included several roads off of Cove Road, with the coup de gráce – Cove Road from Burnt Mountain Road to the S-curves – scheduled to be paved on Thursday, Sept. 29.
    One lane of Cove Road will be open during the S-curve paving, which will begin around 8 a.m., but motorists

Drought may affect outdoor burning season

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This precipitation map illustrates how dry conditions have been in north Georgia.

     The summer ban on outdoor burning will end Friday, September 30 in 54 Georgia
counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. The Georgia Environmental Protection
    Division sets the restrictions annually, from May 1 to the end of September, to reduce emissions from ground level ozone that may jeopardize air quality.

Nelson walking trail going in the right direction

Peaceful path and marked plants promote recreation and education

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    Though it hasn’t been publicized much, Nelson has developed a top notch walking trail with picnic areas ready for use and expansion plans for the future.

 

By Ralph O. Dennis
Contributing writer

    One of Nelson’s not so advertised park projects is the walking trail. Located south of the kiddy park and the baseball field, the trail is approximately a quarter of a mile long. The project has been going on for some time and will really never be completed (maintenance is forever).

Jasper Farmers Market will be at Roper Park during Marble Fest

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Jackie Cantrell and his daughter Wanda Farist at the market.

By Darla Huffman    

            October 1, next Saturday, the farmers market will be held in Roper Park while carnival rides occupy the usual location. Open from 7:30 am to 12:00 noon, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the Marble Festival activities. The park is near the corner of Camp and Refuge Road, across from Pickens Middle School. Tell a friend and share the word that we have not closed just because it’s October and will be back in our Church Street location for the rest of the month.
     Good news for tomato lovers; Jackie Cantrell said he would have vine-ripened tomatoes until frost!  His late crop is producing well and should continue.  There were also green ones to fry for sale.  The Cantrells have other vegetables for sale plus boiled peanuts and fried pies.  They are usually at the Wednesday market so they will probably be at the last one, September 28.