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Retired Army Colonel Robert Reitz honored in Ranger Hall of Fame

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Captain Robert Reitz in Vietnam carrying a wounded South Vietnamese Ranger to safety during the 1968 TET Offensive.  This photograph is displayed on Ranger Reitz's honorary plaque within the Ranger Hall of Fame. Photo was originally taken by Dang Van Phuoc, an Associated Press photographer. 


By Suellen Reitz

Legion Director of PR


Colonel Robert A. Reitz (retired) of Talking Rock was recently honored as one of the  U.S. Army’s most elite as he joined fellow Rangers who have been inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame. The honorary induction ceremony was held July 11 in Marshall Hall at Fort Benning, Ga. The large auditorium in Marshall Hall was filled to capacity with Rangers of all ages along with friends and family of each of the 16 honorees.

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Made In Jasper: A new kind of barber shop opens


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photos/Dan Pool Rene Salvador, the owner, styles a beard, while his apprentice, Leo Aulturo, gives a haircut in the rear at the new barber shop on West Church Street.


      [Made in Jasper is an occasional series that looks at things made or people working right in our own backyards. Got an idea of something interesting made here, let us know, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 706-253-2457.]


       When you walk into Rene’s Dominican Barber Shop, 938 West Church Street, your first thought might be, this can not be Jasper.

Painted in bright colors, with 10 barber chairs, mirrors lining the walls and two fast-moving Dominican barbers, it’s a barber shop like we have not seen before in this town.

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Be Paws We Care a driving force behind re-homing shelter pets

Since January, the non-profit has re-homed over 100 shelter dogs

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A WALK IN THE PARK - Be Paws We Care volunteers take shelter dogs out for a stroll earlier this year for their Doggy Day Out initiative. All of the dogs in this photo have been re-homed, which is one of the local non-profit’s missions. 

It had been a long night the day before the interview for this article – the Be Paws We Care volunteers arrived at the Progress office on just a few hours of sleep. They had spent the wee hours of the morning completing transport for two foster dogs who went to a rescue in New York. 

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Angling for catfish equals summertime at its best

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Ga. DNR/photo Nightfishing yields results.

         Have you really and truly lived a good southern life if you haven’t spent a whole day fishing and then fried up a “mess” of catfish for dinner? Catfishing provides great opportunities for new and experienced anglers, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

“Georgia provides plenty of opportunities for folks to toss out a line for catfish,” says Matt Thomas, WRD Fisheries Management Chief.  “Catching catfish requires relatively simple gear and is a great way to introduce someone new to fishing, especially kids, so grab your gear and make plans to get out and go fish!”

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