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WYYZ brings Texaco Country Showdown to Jasper

Country musicians, sign up now for your chance to get on the road to stardom

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     Think about it like Star Search, only for country music.

     Similar to Ed McMahon’s classic TV talent show, The Texaco Country Showdown has helped launch the careers of household names like Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Billy Ray Cyrus and Brad Paisley.

Store manager at Pig needs seizure alert dog for son

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Hunter Calvert, with working dog, Bow, at Canine Partners for Life in Pennsylvania, to see about getting a seizure alert dog for the 11-year-old. Hunter suffers from seizures and needs such a dog to warn him when a seizure is about to happen.

     If you shop at Jasper's Piggly Wiggly, you probably know store manager, Wade Calvert. Two events scheduled soon for Calhoun, where Calvert lives, are set to benefit Calvert's son Hunter, who suffers from a brain condition.

Clicks for Cody: Your vote could give PHS student trip to handicap accessible theme park

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In December, Progress readers opened their hearts and pens and sent thousands of Christmas cards to Cody Jones, a local PHS student who in his 20 years has faced more medical problems and surgeries than most can imagine. Cody was thrilled with the response and looked forward everyday to getting his mail.

 

Now, he and his family are asking for a moment of your time for something much simpler – a click for Cody – that could get the Jasper resident a trip to a fully handicapped accessible fun park in Texas. Winners will be announced on May 1st.

 

 At right, Jasper’s Cody Jones is in the running for a trip to a special theme park for handicapped youth.

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Bald eagle populations are soaring in Georgia.

 

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     According to preliminary results, Department of Natural Resources aerial surveys in January and March documented 158 occupied nesting territories, 116 successful nests and 190 young fledged.

     The totals are up from last year’s 142 nesting territories, 111 successful nests and 175 eaglets.

     The number of bald eagle nests in Georgia is steadily climbing, underscoring the rebound of our national bird from near-extinction through much of its range 40 years ago. Nests numbered in the single digits in Georgia when survey leader Jim Ozier started searching for them more than two decades ago.

     This comeback was powered in part by Georgians who support the Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund through their state income tax returns.  As this year’s tax deadline nears, those who haven’t filed are encouraged to contribute $2 or more to the Wildlife Conservation Fund - line 26 on Form 500 or line 10 on Form 500EZ.

     Giving 2 wildlife benefits more than 1,000 Georgia plant and animal species listed as species of conservation concern, including bald eagles, which are continuing to nest in new areas across the state.

Photos courtesy of Georgia DNR

First Baptist's Re-enactment draws crowd to Main Street

 

“A Walk with Christ,” a Re-enactment of Jesus’ Final Walk presented Friday evening on Main Street by members of the First Baptist Church of Jasper. A large crowd followed the re-enactor carrying the wooden cross from the courthouse to the church where a brief service was held.

This is one of many Easter events, including other church services and egg hunts planned this weekend. See this week’s print or e-edition for a complete listing.