Jasper’s first new mayor in a quarter-century, Steve Lawrence talks new job and how he came to town.
Steve Lawrence, Jasper’s first new mayor in more than a quarter of a century, was sitting in a barren office last Wednesday, his eighth official day at work, saying he is still learning the ropes at City Hall.
Lawrence takes over the top elected post, with a city manager, Brandon Douglas, already in place for the day-to-day operations. Having a paid, full-time manager is another recent development in Jasper government and gives Lawrence some freedom to define how his position will function.
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Phillip Landrum III was honored as the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year Saturday at the group’s Winter Ball. Landrum is a native of Pickens County and a local attorney. Landrum has been very involved in the community and also serves on the Board of Trustees for Reinhardt University.
In selecting Landrum, the judges wrote, “The Chamber received some very worthy nominations and choosing one award recipient was difficult. They are all winners. However, the recipient of this year’s award was chosen primarily based on the significant role he played in recruiting the new nurse’s training program to the community. The positive impact this program brings to the county and region is paramount.” Landrum is shown with his wife Crystal and daughter Helaina.
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By Charlotte Lee Williamson
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“We need to get him home,” said Samantha Gilbert of her 23-year-old son, Dakota Whitehill who remains at Isabela Doctor’s General Hospital on the island of Luzon, Philippines. Whitehill has encephalitis, a brain infection and a brain bleed, according to his mother.
“He has been in the Philippines since May of 2019 and last Monday he went to a beach and he started getting sick. Then he had a fall and started having seizures and they called an ambulance,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert is in touch with her son’s doctors at the hospital and they had a CT angiogram planned for Tuesday. Gilbert said she has sent some money for his medical expenses but they are more than she can afford at this point.