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Leaders see 2016 as positive year for growth

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Angela Reinhardt / Photo
Things are looking up for economy, local leaders believe. They are definitely aiming high at the recently relocated Get to the Pointe Dance Studio that opened this month.
    After several years of stagnant growth, city and county leaders say they see a light at the end of the tunnel, citing a welcome economic uptick in 2015 they expect to gain momentum in 2016.
    At a recent Family Connections meeting, Jasper Mayor Weaver said he believes the area is on the cusp of a growth wave that will “wash over us, wash over Blue Ridge and bounce back and wash over us again.” Weaver

State Rep. Jasperse previews legislative session



with Representative Rick Jasperse

The Legislative session will be underway when you read this. I thought you might like to see the top issues and the variety of issues that will or could be addressed this year. 


Schools donate to CARES food pantry


     CARES would like to thank our local area schools for the generous donations given to us during the holiday season.  These donations allow us to continue to feed those that are in need of help.  We would like to thank Pickens High School and Leslie Zuidema, Tate Elementary and Gina Pyles, Pickens County Middle School and Paula Henderson, Jasper Elementary and Jennie Hutto Smith and Principal David Wilds, and Harmony Elementary and Susan Anderson.  Harmony Elementary has gone above and beyond leading all schools in donations for the past several years.

Jasper Merchants announces 2016 plans



Incoming officers for Jasper Merchants Association (l-r) Kirk Raffield, vice president; Haley Bouchie, president: Susan Horton, treasurer; and Paul Poore, secretary. 

The Jasper Merchants Association would like to announce our board of directors for the next two years. President elect is Haley Bouchie of ALL-A-CART Mobile Food Service. Vice President elect is Kirk Raffield who is an individual member. Treasurer elect is Susan Horton of Horton’s Pet

Talking Rock will fight road change “tooth and nail”

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Dan Pool / Photo
Talking Rock’s incoming mayor Randy Banks, left, offers an alternative to a plan presented by the state transportation officials during a meeting on the Antioch Church Road/Highway 515 intersection Monday.
     A group of Talking Rock business owners expressed vigorous opposition to a state proposed change in the intersection at Antioch Church Road and Highway 515 in a Monday night forum. Georgia Transportation officials believe the change would improve safety there.
“We live here and we do not like this,” Talking Rock council member Cheryl Sams told representatives from the Ga. Department of Transportation (GDOT). “We will go as high as we have to [to stop this]. We will fight you tooth and nail.”
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