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Help for paralyzed man stalls

More supplies and donations needed 

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Donald Brown remains in good spirits despite setbacks in his recovery. His wife Brandy, and children Layce and Nathaniel offer support. 

 A planned community work day to help modify a home for a young Marble Hill father left paralyzed from a wreck has been postponed as more donations are needed for supplies.

Input sought on Hwy. 53 Business route

GEORGIA DOT WANTS YOUR TWO CENTS IN WIDENING AND IMPROVING STATE ROUTE 53 BUSINESS IN PICKENS COUNTY

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JASPER, Ga. - A public information open house to discuss the Georgia DOT’s proposed improvements to State Route (SR) 53 Business in Pickens County is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5 until 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Pickens County Administrative Offices, located at 1266 East Church Street in the city of Jasper, Georgia.  

   

Gas prices drop to 2010 levels

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Georgia, November 3- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 4.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.87/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.99/g, according to gasoline price websiteGasBuddy.com

Jasper pharmacist awarded top national honor

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Typical Jack Dunn story: The owner of Jasper Drugs and the National Independent Pharmacist of the year is at home on a recent Friday night.

Phone rings about 11 p.m., young mother has a prescription for a medicine and a nebulizer. Several other pharmacies have one or the other, but not both. Jasper Drug has both the medication and the breathing machine. 

Dunn goes to open up late night for one customer.

Another hitch, the woman doesn’t have the money to pay. No problem. When the situation calls for it, Dunn takes pledges for payment the following week – especially when someone’s child is involved.

Fire hydrant testing underway

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 Jasper fire crews began testing hydrants in the system this week as part of an every-other-year requirement to maintain insurance rates.

   The City of Jasper has 579 hydrants inside the city limits. They also have a number of hydrants that are on city of Jasper water lines, but are in the county fire service area. The city crews will test hydrants in both areas this year. The testing could last several weeks, depending on the number of calls and other work.

   With the test above, fire fighter Trevor Beavers uses a defuser to interrupt the gush of water. The defuser, a new piece of equipment for the department, will prevent the powerful flows from blasting away landscape materials or doing other damage when hydrants are opened for the test.