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A vow that is easily kept is rarely worth making

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By Garry Barber
Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor
    2014 (like all years past and future) will begin with a swell of promises and resolutions. Perhaps you have thought, “This year I will not be disappointed.  This year I will set my sights low and ensure that my resolution vows are like the side of a barn … targets I can’t miss.”          Let me make a few suggestions from the resolutions I am considering for 2014:

Wreck claims life of bride hours after wedding

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A wedding photo of Ryan Quinton and Kali Shay Dobson Quinton taken the day of the fatal accident. Photo from Still Pearl Photography supplied by family.
   

     A single car crash took the life of a young bride who was riding with her new husband after leaving the reception in Ball Ground Sunday night, Dec. 29.
    According to a Georgia State Patrol report, Kali Shay Dobson Quinton, 25, of Ball Ground, was killed when the Pontiac Firebird driven by Ryan Patrick Quinton, 27, of Jasper, left the roadway and went down an embankment in front of a church on Highway 5 in Ball Ground.

 

County releases financial information

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     While no formal presentations were made, the county CFO announced at the final commissioner’s meeting of the year that several completed financial reports are now available to the public.
    Among these reports are the final audit from fiscal year 2012, a historical review of the county’s fund balance and changes in debt and capital assets for fiscal years 2004 through 2012, and a report of projects that were (and were not) funded through the 2008 SPLOST that wraps up collections this year.

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Jasper preparing large New Year’s celebration downtown

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    Organizers are preparing to welcome a large crowd to downtown Jasper for the 2013 New Year’s Eve celebration featuring fireworks, a ball drop, vendors, music and giveaways (see full page ad this week for details).
    Jasper Mayor John Weaver said the city, the Chamber of Commerce, Jasper Merchants Association and downtown business owners are working to establish this as an annual celebration that will fill the streets with people ringing in the New Year.

$38 coffee start-up thinks big

“It’s time that business owners in Pickens County know what’s going on in New York City,” Georgia Bean Roasters owner says

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    Georgia Bean Roasters owner Brain Cain pours a batch of “Stop the Press,” a special blend he created for the Progress.


     Pickens resident Brian Cain opens a plastic baggy filled with Eight O’Clock brand coffee beans and asks me to take a whiff.
     The co-owner and CEO of Nelson-based Georgia Bean Roasters then pulls out a 1/2 pound bag of a special blend named “Stop the Press” – which he created specifically for the interview – and asks me to do the same thing. 
     As you might expect there was no comparison between the mass-produced beans and the small-batch, gourmet coffee he roasted in his basement earlier that day.

Check out our print or online editions to find out how this buisinessman is thinking big for Pickens.