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Vernie Jones Ford sells to Shottenkirk Auto Group

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Pictured from left are General Manager Jamie Mundth, Owner Greg Shottenkirk with Jim Jones Sr. and Jim Jones Jr.

    Shottenkirk Auto Group, an Iowa based multi-franchised company, purchased Vernie Jones Ford Co. Inc. and will rename the Ford franchise Shottenkirk Ford.

Vernie Jones Ford was founded by Vernie Jones in 1969 and officially became a franchised Ford dealer in March of 1970. Jim Jones Sr. took over as Dealer Principal and General Manager in 1985 accompanied by his sister, Mary Bryant, as Office Manager. He was later joined by his son, Jim Jones, Jr., as New and Used Car Sales Manager. 

Jim Sr. would like to thank the community and their loyal customers throughout the years and hope they will continue to support Shottenkirk Ford and the familiar faces at the Jasper location.



State parks host special holiday events

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Photo Courtesy Ga. State Parks
If shopping-mall Santas and crowded parking lots have your family feeling “bah-humbug,” plan an outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks or Historic Sites. Dozens of parks across Georgia are hosting old-fashioned holiday celebrations that will remind you of yesteryear. Below is a sampling of events, and the latest calendar can be seen at

Ga. inmate executed

Updated story -- 

The lawfully ordered execution of Robert Wayne Holsey for the 1995 murder of a Baldwin County Deputy Sheriff was carried out this evening at 10:51 pm at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, Ga. The sentence was carried out after the United States Supreme Court denied Holsey’s request for a stay of execution at approximately 9:59 pm.


Atlanta, December 9, 2014 – In a 5-to-2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for Robert Wayne Holsey, who is scheduled to be put to death tonight by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA.

   Holsey, 49, was convicted in 1997 of shooting and killing Baldwin County Deputy Sheriff Will Robinson in December 1995, shortly after Holsey held up a convenience store in Milledgeville.


Still shots/video released from deputy's vehicle

Updated -- Video released on accident


The dashboard camera footage shows the green light and speed which is beside the P at the top. It shows the officer had slowed prior to the light but was speeding up after going through the intersection.

            Captain Frank Reynolds noted the car beside the deputy may have partially obscured the pedestrian from the deputy.

            Reynolds said the footage shows it was just an accident, with the pedestrian crossing out of any crosswalk on the dark road.

            Reynolds confirmed that the deputy was off duty and driving home at the time of the accident.




The Pickens sheriff’s department released some still shots this afternoon from the dashboard camera of a deputy’s car that hit a pedestrian in Ellijay December 2. (see original story)

Burnt Mountain Road closed for work on rail crossing near Piggly Wiggly

Major road closure needed for work on railroad



            It was announced this morning that the City of Jasper will close a portion of Burnt Mountain Road to work on the railroad tracks in front of Piggly Wiggly starting Monday morning and it may remain closed through Wednesday.