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Terrapins vs. Ducks at city park

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         A pair of terrapins swim together as a duck passes by. Terrapins at the Jasper City Park pond range in size from small to large, and can been seen at times basking on the bank.

     They seem so unassuming. Their tiny heads poke out of the brackish pond water at Jasper City Park before they glide below the surface. Webbed turtle feet flip delicately to move them along.
    But these endearing chelonian are prime suspects for  injuries being reported to the goose and ducks at the pond, according to Jasper’s Animal Control Officer Lonnie Waters.

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Newton’s political future: ‘Who knows?’


     Two weeks after the May election, Bill Newton was undeterred by his third defeat to Rob Jones in the race for commission chair, clearly not ruling out a future foray back into politics.
     His history against Jones dates back to 2004 when then-incumbent sole commissioner Newton finished first but failed to capture a majority in a three-candidate GOP July primary. Newton then lost his post to Jones by 19 votes in the runoff, 2,829 to 2,810.

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House passes Rep. Graves bill to fund essential Capitol operations, freeze member pay


Legislation Makes Family-Friendly Improvements to the Capitol Complex

Washington, D.C. – The House today passed the fiscal year 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act (H.R. 5325), which was authored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) who is chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee on Appropriations. The bill provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance.
“The main focus of this legislation is to preserve the beauty, enhance the security and improve the institutions of the United States Capitol complex. Using a zero-based budgeting approach, in which each agency of the Legislative Branch was forced to justify its budget request from scratch, I’m pleased to report that we have accomplished our mission in a way that respects taxpayers,” Chairman Graves said.

UPDATED: Attorney Mark Miller jailed for contempt of court


 Mark Miller responds to arrest in this week's edition, available now.

     Jasper attorney Mark Miller has been arrested on criminal and civil contempt of court charges in Gilmer County for failure to appear at a May 27 hearing and for failing to respond to a court ordered discovery.

         Miller is well known locally for his criticism/commentary of the school system and county taxes.  

         According to the Order of Contempt, filed on June 6 in Gilmer County, Miller has been sentenced to serve 10 days in the Gilmer County Jail and will not be released until he responds to the discovery. He was booked on Tuesday, June 7.

Book-in from Gilmer County.

Smoking Ban proposed for Roper Park


    Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em?
    Not if the Pickens County Recreation Advisory Board gets their wish – a total ban of smoking at Roper Park facilities that would include the entire 40-plus acres of baseball fields, tracks, parking lots, the community center and the new Boys & Girls Club facility.

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