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Jasper Farmers’ Market carries on - rain or shine

Customer support crucial to family farmers



    Talking to Jody Waldroup is always interesting; information and opinions about organic farming, sustainability, raising chickens or the meaning of life and his vegetables are fresh and delicious.

By Darla Huffman
Jasper Farmers’ Market
    Jody and Ashley Waldroup are modern day farmers. There was a time when small family farms were the backbone of America and could support a family. But now corporate farms operating on a big scale have eliminated that competition while increasing the food supply but not necessarily improving it.  In fact, many people believe that this has damaged and endangered our food supply and is the cause of many of the health problems that are prevalent in this county.


Craig sets new pole vault record at state



Tyler Craig took the AAAA State Championship in the Pole Vault as well as the new AAAA State Record, at the height of 15’7” he cleared last Thursday in Jefferson. Craig will be vaulting next year for the Bulldogs of Gardner Webb University where he has earned a Track & Field Scholarship.


    Dragons Tyler Craig and Drew Bellows are graduating seniors, and both put nice finishing touches on their high school Track & Field careers with outstanding performances at the 2013 Georgia Olympics in Jefferson last week. Craig had the best performance of any high school pole vaulter from any classification in the state of Georgia going into the meet with his vault of 16’5” that set the new 4A Sectional West, Carrollton Track not to mention



Gov. Deal enacts ethics reform

From Governor's Press Office


Today at the state Capitol, Gov. Nathan Deal signed two pieces of ethics legislation that will bolster Georgians’ confidence in their state government. The first bill, House Bill  142, restores rulemaking powers to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, more clearly defines the role of a lobbyist, and sets the first cap on legislative lobbying spending. The second, House Bill 143, the companion to HB 142, requires more transparency in regard to campaign fund-raising and spending during certain local races, and it ensures that the public knows about any campaign donations given to members of the General Assembly leading up to the start of the legislative session.  


“I have enacted these bills to strengthen ethics laws in our state because the public demanded it and good government longed for it,” said Deal. “Our success as leaders of Georgia depends heavily on the public’s ability to trust us. Georgians are correct to insist that the voices of the people echo louder under the Gold Dome than the narrow views of special interests. Together, these bills constitute a major step in improving ethics, trust and transparency in our state.”

Planting by the signs and other age-old knowledge

ruth poole greenhouse


"She is kind but doesn't suffer fools," says Jane Waller (r) friend of Grandview Road gardener Ruth Poole (l). Visit Poole and other vendors at the Jasper Farmer's Market every Saturday through October from 7:30 a.m. until noon at Lee Newton Park.

    On a sunny morning last week, Jane Waller’s greenhouse off of Cove Road was a humid hub of activity and conversation.   
    Waller and Ruth Poole, a native Pickens resident and a treasure trove of old timey gardening knowhow, were seated among dozens of flats of starter seedlings labeled “tomato,” “squash,” and “okra,” batting dialogue back and forth between themselves and two others.
      Waller’s relationship with Poole began 20 years ago, and in that time has blossomed into what could easily be called a mutual admiration society, with Waller looking to Poole as a mentor and Poole seeing Waller as a dear friend and companion. 


Why does your mom deserve a makeover?

Jasper businesses unite for Mother’s Day Makeover essay contest



       Do you think your mom is the best thing since sliced bread? If you can sum up her awesomeness in a short essay she may win a free makeover and gifts courtesy of several downtown businesses.
    “We have been here for eight months and we’re doing so much better than what we had hoped for,” said John Watkins, who co-owns Coco’s Cottage with wife Nancy. “We have just felt really welcomed in the community and wanted to give back in some way and they thought Mother’s Day was a