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A look down the the original Hwy. 5

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   A cotton gin near the original Highway 5.

By Larry Cavender

Contributing Writer

      Bisecting Pickens County from south to north is a road familiar to all local travelers, Highway 515. Of course, this traffic artery has not always existed, and before the completion of 515 in the 1980s, the main means of moving traffic through the county was another road also familiar to Pickens countians, State Highway 5, or as it is now known, Old Highway 5. 

Update from former STAR students: Where are they now?

 

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Submitted by Reeder Burch

As the Optimist Club of Jasper prepares for the 2015 STAR Banquet, the club is reaching out to former STAR students and STAR Student finalist to see what they are doing since graduated from Pickens High School. The club has heard from some STAR students that were part of the Optimist program and some STAR students prior to the Optimist sponsorship. Below are the responses that the Optimist Club has received.

See which former STAR Students are featured by picking up a print or online edition

 

 

Weaver looks forward with enthusiasm

 

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An enthusiastic Mayor John Weaver tells Rotary that paving will begin in the spring do to SPLOST funds and talks continue to improve traffic flow in the city using roundabouts. 

By Max Caylor

Rotary member

        “Come spring we are going to use our SPLOST funds to pave as many roads as possible in the city of Jasper,” said an excited Mayor of Jasper John Weaver speaking at Rotary. He is in his 22nd year of office.

Weaver and prominent local physician Dr. Carl McCurdy attended Shorter College during the same years.  McCurdy, introducing the Mayor, stated, “He worked full time and graduated with honors in school

Spring plant sale now underway

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    Master Gardener volunteers stuff envelopes with plant sale particulars. If you haven’t gotten one, call 706-253-8840.

Submitted By Darla Huffman

      The always popular Annual 4H/Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale is underway. If you are interested in adding to your landscape or garden this year and are not familiar with this event, you might want to check it out. Each plant is chosen for its suitability to this area and purchased

Mardi Gras in Mountains coming Feb. 14

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The Rotary Club of Jasper and Chamber Business After Hours are masked and crowned preparing for Mardi Gas in the Mountains on Saturday, February 14, from 6:30-11 p.m. at Chattahoochee Tech.  Tickets, sponsorship and voting for Pickens  County King nominee Jack Short and Queen nominee Margy Lohman may be done at mardigrasinthemountains.org.  All proceeds benefit local non-profits for the good of the community.