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For a second time, Jasper’s planning commission denied a request by Trust Company of Kansas to have over 30 acres surrounding Green Valley Farm Road along Hwy. 515 re-zoned from residential to general commercial. The city council will hear the recommendation at their February 6th meeting before making a final decision.
The property came under fire about the possible rezoning because, although it sits along the county’s main highway, it surrounds a residential area that saw its first homes constructed more than 25 years ago. After being denied the zoning change in 2010 when council members brought up concerns that restrictions and covenants already in place on the property would preclude the change to commercial zoning, representatives for Trust Company of Kansas took the issue to court where a judge ruled the covenants were not applicable to their property.
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From poetry to show tunes to a dramatic monologue to a 14-year-old and her band, Sharptop Arts Association’s maiden Open Mic Night would have had a hard time bringing out better performers or a better crowd for a first event.
Last Friday, Jan. 13 the homey, art-filled SAA building on D.B. Carroll Street in Jasper was transformed into a cozy coffee house type setting, with nearly every chair in the crowd filled and every slot in the open mic section of the show spoken for.
Pictured, performers Zach Davis and Steve Moore
Georgia, January 23- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 4.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website GeorgiaGasPrices.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 40.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 30.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 11.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 25.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"We saw oil prices fall gently late last week as tensions with Iran seemingly have cooled somewhat," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "I'm certainly hopeful that the recent easing in tensions between Iran and the West continues in coming months, but there are certainly no guarantees and few expectations of such. Having said that, I expect gasoline prices to move very little in the next week, and in some areas of the U.S. gasoline prices may fall this week," DeHaan said.
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By Reeder Burch
Reuben Burnley of Jasper has been named the 2012 STAR Student of Pickens High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR program. Burnley, the son of Sharri Tayman and Reuben Burnley, Sr., selected Mr. Patrick Gallagher as his STAR Teacher.
The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 55th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education. Since its inception, the STAR Program has honored more than 23,000 students and the teachers they have selected as having the most influence on their academic success. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.
STAR Student Reuben Burnley (left) and STAR Teacher Patrick Gallagher.
Jasper Police announced Monday the arrests of three Jasper residents for counterfeiting, using a “washing” process to produce the bills.
Washing was described as cleaning the dye from $1 bills and then printing images scanned into a basic home computer onto the blank notes.
Detective Corporal Matt Dawkins said officers became aware of the counterfeiting when a fake bill was passed at Walgreens.
Police Chief Greg Lovell said authorities aren’t ready yet to release information on how widespread the counterfeit operation was or its dollar value. “It was big enough that we got the Secret Service involved, and they are going to run it by the U.S. Attorney,” Lovell said.
Lovell encouraged Jasper businesses to remain on the lookout for other fake bills.
“While we have arrested this group,” Dawkins said, “there are other people doing this, and they will continue to do this, especially as the economy gets worse.”
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