Jim Looney replaces John Weaver as city manager
In an historic move with a standing-room-only crowd, the Jasper City Council put an end to the longtime unification of the mayor and city manger positions.
At their Monday, Feb. 5 meeting, in a 3-1 vote, council appointed former council member Jim Looney to temporarily fill the position of city manager, which Jasper Mayor John Weaver has held since 1992.
Separating these two positions surfaced last year when new council member Sonny Proctor brought up the issue at the January 2017 meeting. He has since argued that it is a conflict of interest that goes against the city’s original charter.
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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.
Three Pickens County Board of Education seats are up for election. These seats are currently held by the most tenured members of the school board - chair Daniel Bell, Post 2; Bryon Long, Post 3; and vice chair Delane Lewis, Post 5.
At their January board meeting, Bell announced that he will not seek reelection. Bell said the demands of the position are extremely time consuming and he would like to spend more time with his family. Bell has two children in the public school system.
Delane Lewis and Bryon Long could not be reached before press time for comment about their plans for the upcoming election, but board member Katherine White released a statement regarding Bell’s announcement.
The joint Pickens County and Jasper economic development advisory council voted last Wednesday to relieve Gerry Nechvatal as economic developer. Nechvatal also serves as the Chamber president and will continue in that role.
However, it was unclear whether this economic council has the authority to have the final say. Some council members say they believe so, but commission chair Rob Jones, who sits on the council, said he isn’t sure.
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Girl with rare disorders has ‘series of unfortunate events,’ says mom
Jessica Sims / Photo
Haven Sims, who maintains a smiling disposition despite her long list of medical problems, has just undergone at least the 10th surgery in her life. Her mom, Jessica, is trying to stay afloat in the midst of the chaos.
Earlier this year, the community was introduced to Haven Sims, a little girl who has been through more in her seven years than most adults have in a lifetime.
When she was just an infant, Haven was diagnosed with a disorder called VACTERL Association. This condition affects her spine, heart, veins and arteries, limbs, kidneys and brain. Her arteries don’t let enough oxygen in her body or let her blood flow normally so she tires easily. She gets kidney infections. She has malformed feet and vision and hearing problems.