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Courthouse project to close streets

 

Courthouse Facts:

•When the courthouse is completed, it will be 50,000 sq. ft. larger than the original courthouse, which was 16,000 sq. ft. total.

•Approx. 13 parking spaces will be lost in the downtown area due to construction and reworking of the streetscape, but it is estimated between 120 to 130 spaces will be added in the new parking area behind the Piggly Wiggly.

•According to Commissioner Robert Jones, a portion of the property the county purchased beside Pioneer Road may be used for a judicial center in the future.

•Demolition of the rear leg of the courthouse will begin this week.

Following a presentation from Pickens County Commissioner Robert Jones, the Jasper City Council approved closure of a portion of Depot Street that will be used as a staging area during renovations on the courthouse.

Jones, speaking at the regular Jasper Council meeting held Jan. 18, offered a general overview on progress of the SPLOST-funded courthouse project, detailed the county’s proposed traffic flow changes around the courthouse and requested the council close Court Street and a portion of Depot Street, the roads that run parallel to one another on either side of the courthouse.

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Jasper planning commission denies zoning change on Green Valley Farm Road

greenvalleyfarmFor 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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Open Mic Night draws large, diverse crowd

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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

 

Gas price rise in Georgia

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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Burnley named 2012 STAR Student

 

By Reeder Burch

Optimist Club

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.