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Airport vandalism could bring hefty penalties

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New lights have been installed to replaced the damaged ones at the Pickens County Airport. Clear four-wheeler tracks were found on the property leading to the damaged lights.  

       Vandals left plenty of tracks at the Pickens County Airport, where $1,000 in damage was done to a string of runway lights - but the perpetrators have yet to be found. 

“This was willful vandalism,” said Pickens County Airport Manager Randy Thomason. “They rode in on what looks like a 4-wheeler and destroyed or stole 14 of our bases, bulbs and globes. There was glass all over the runway. It looks like they maybe kicked them over or hit them with something like a bat.”   

The event occurred on January 9th sometime before 7:15 p.m. when Thomason was initially notified. 

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Public housing going smoke free

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         In advance of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) smoke free housing rule requiring all public housing to be smoke free by July 31, 2018, the American Lung Association in Georgia, with support from the Amerigroup Foundation, will offer quit smoking support for residents. Through the Smoking Cessation for Low Income Housing Residents initiative, the Lung Association will work with Public Housing Agencies and other local partners to provide smokers wanting to quit access to proven-effective tobacco cessation services such as Freedom From Smoking®.

$125,000 lottery prize still unclaimed

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Jasper Food Mart owner Chirag Thakkar and clerk Sabrina Moriarty, standing under the Georgia Lottery prize check, want to find the winner of a Fantasy 5 ticket sold in early January. 

The lucky winner of a $125,000 Fantasy 5 ticket sold in Jasper apparently doesn’t know how lucky they are, because nearly two weeks after the January 3rd drawing the prize has gone unclaimed. 

“We were so excited when we got the news it was sold here,” said Chirag Thakkar, owner of Jasper Food Mart on Highway 53 directly beside Bojangles. “But no one ever came to claim it.” 

Folk school to open next month

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     Founders of the Southern Appalachian Folk School, located in the Jasper building that most recently housed Pickens DFCS. (l-r) Debbie Brownlee, Heather Poole, Pat Jewell, Rhonda Lindsey, JJ Roper, Billy Roper and C. Larry Wilson

 

       A group of dedicated artists and art supporters have come together to open a folk school in Pickens County to celebrate the unique Appalachian culture of the area. 

     Southern Appalachian Folk School is a homegrown effort to keep the mountain culture alive by sharing its arts, crafts and stories. Beginning February 2018, the school will offer classes in a wide variety of folk arts. Among the initial offerings will be basket making, wood whittling, making cane blow guns, and chair caning. As the school grows, it will

‘You can have our water system when you pry our cold, dead hands off it,’ says mayor

Strange DDA meeting reflects tension, discord in local politics

 

        A meeting of Jasper’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Friday reflected the discord over the recent sacking of John Weaver as city manager and strong opposition to any consolidation plan of the city and county water systems. 

Originally scheduled several weeks ago, the meeting’s agenda indicated the authority would look at signing over property purchased through the DDA to the city council.

The meeting began with Mike Denson, chair of the DDA, asking some vague, technical questions to city attorney Bill Pickett about the ownership of the city pump station on Cove Road, one of the properties the city purchased through the DDA. Denson inquired what might happen if some other agency were given control of the property.

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