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Dollar General eyes Grandview area

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Above, the intersection of Grandview and Cove roads. The corner parcel across Grandview Road from the old log cabin that housed Jasper Junction is where Dollar General is considering putting a new store. 


     County officials have confirmed that Dollar General is looking at a store site at the corner of Grandview Road and Cove Road, and that preliminary conceptual drawings have been shown to county officials.  
    But Norman Pope, county public information officer, said these conceptual drawings are unofficial, and that no permits for construction have been applied for or obtained. He said the county will become more involved when site plans are formally submitted.
   For full story see this week's print or online editions.

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Pickens unemployment lower than region at 5.7 percent





     ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced Wednesday that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region in July was 6.5 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 6.3 percent in June. The rate in July 2014 was 8.4 percent.

No contested races in Talking Rock, one council seat will see race in Jasper

Qualifying continues through Friday in Nelson


City election qualifying has ended this afternoon for Jasper and Talking with only one contested race.

In Talking Rock, Randy Banks has qualified for Mayor. Incumbent Carol Opdenhoff did not seek another term.

Morgan Southerland qualified for Town Council – Post 3, Talking Rock. The seat was formerly held by Mayor Opdenhoff’s husband Charles.

Incumbent Jessica Wells has qualified for Town Council – Post 5.

With no contested races, there will be no election held for Talking Rock this November.


Mayor unopposed; one council race in Jasper

For Jasper Mayor,  longtime incumbent John Weaver was the only candidate to qualify.

Council members Jim Looney, John Foust, Jr. are running unopposed.

Incumbent Tony Fountain will face challenger Kirk Raffield.


Nelson - Tina Monaghan has qualified for City Council as of Wednesday. Two other seats are open. Qualifying runs through Friday.


New DNR maps show where the wild things are

    Species range guide, more info online


     Scientists, students and backyard naturalists can now explore, within seconds, the range and more of Georgia’s most rare animals and plants.
A new Georgia Wildlife Resources Division web portal blends the agency’s data on occurrences and natural communities with interactive maps to document the in-state ranges of more than 1,250 species, from coldwater darters to velvet sedge.