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A look at "Through the Glass Darkly," now being filmed in downtown Jasper

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Robyn Lively and Shanola Hampton will star in "Through the Glass Darkly." 

     Los Angeles, CA –  Robyn Lively (The Karate Kid Part III, Teen Witch) and Shanola Hampton (Showtime’s Shameless, You Again) will star in Through the Glass Darkly, a psychological thriller written by Lauren Fash and Susan Graham and directed by newcomer Fash. The production is centered locally at the former Weeks Jewelry Store on the corner of Stegall Street and Main Street. The store front now indicates it is a camera shop which one person took to be a real new business, rather than a film set that will be used over the next several weeks.

Big Canoe facing serious problems with water system

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      Big Canoe POA President Phil Anderson takes questions from homeowners regarding the state of their water system Saturday.

  Residents of the Big Canoe community gathered Saturday with their property owner association (POA) leaders, state     legislators and county officials to hear plans to address their water system – it was not good news.

   During the more than two-hour meeting, reports flowed of poorly maintained infrastructure, widespread outages; a confrontational situation with the private company that owns the system; a $5 million debt and homeowners questioning the quality of their tap water.

    See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

Airport vandalism could bring hefty penalties

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New lights have been installed to replaced the damaged ones at the Pickens County Airport. Clear four-wheeler tracks were found on the property leading to the damaged lights.  

       Vandals left plenty of tracks at the Pickens County Airport, where $1,000 in damage was done to a string of runway lights - but the perpetrators have yet to be found. 

“This was willful vandalism,” said Pickens County Airport Manager Randy Thomason. “They rode in on what looks like a 4-wheeler and destroyed or stole 14 of our bases, bulbs and globes. There was glass all over the runway. It looks like they maybe kicked them over or hit them with something like a bat.”   

The event occurred on January 9th sometime before 7:15 p.m. when Thomason was initially notified. 

       See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

 

Public housing going smoke free

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         In advance of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) smoke free housing rule requiring all public housing to be smoke free by July 31, 2018, the American Lung Association in Georgia, with support from the Amerigroup Foundation, will offer quit smoking support for residents. Through the Smoking Cessation for Low Income Housing Residents initiative, the Lung Association will work with Public Housing Agencies and other local partners to provide smokers wanting to quit access to proven-effective tobacco cessation services such as Freedom From Smoking®.

$125,000 lottery prize still unclaimed

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Jasper Food Mart owner Chirag Thakkar and clerk Sabrina Moriarty, standing under the Georgia Lottery prize check, want to find the winner of a Fantasy 5 ticket sold in early January. 

The lucky winner of a $125,000 Fantasy 5 ticket sold in Jasper apparently doesn’t know how lucky they are, because nearly two weeks after the January 3rd drawing the prize has gone unclaimed. 

“We were so excited when we got the news it was sold here,” said Chirag Thakkar, owner of Jasper Food Mart on Highway 53 directly beside Bojangles. “But no one ever came to claim it.”