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Chandler Smith sets record winning fourth pole position in a row

smith wins 4th pole

        This past weekend Chandler Smith and his Venturinni Motor Sports ARCA team took on the Madison Wisconsin 1/2 mile track. Coming off a history making three poles in a row performance at Toledo Ohio a few weeks ago, it was time to try and beat his own record.

After leading practice, it was time to qualify. When it was all over, Chandler broke his own ARCA record and won his 4th pole in a row. Winning the pole was great but Chandler wanted a win. At the start of the race Chandler lead a few laps before radioing his crew chief letting him know that his right front wheel was loose. Having to pit put Chandler behind running 15th and way behind. Knowing he had a great car, Chandler slowly but surely picked off his competitors one by one. By lap 103

Jasper seeks to double wastewater treatment

city water treatment plant

Progress file photo

An earlier shot of the city’s wastewater plant. The city is beginning work on a plan to expand it greatly in the next several years.

Interim City Manager Jim Looney and Water Department Superintendent David Hall met with engineer Ben Turnipseed Friday to discuss what will be needed to see Jasper’s sewage capacity doubled over the next several years.

All members of the council and mayor had been invited to the meeting on short notice, but none were able to attend. Looney said several council members had been away on summer vacations. 

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

Schools serving free lunch for kids this summer

school lunch program

Food Service Employee Jennifer Hoffard and school bus driver Randy Baker serve free lunches to kids at Mountainside Manor Apartments. All Pickens County kids age 2-18 can get free lunches this summer through a federal program.  


If you’ve been at Mountainside Apartments, the rec. center at Roper Park, or Hill City Elementary around lunchtime, you may have seen kids lined up at a bus to get a sack lunch. 

If you’re a parent and wondered who these mysterious people are giving food to kids, it’s nothing to be leery of. It’s called “Seamless Summer” and is a federally funded program that offers free lunch to any child in the county age 2-18. The Pickens County School System qualifies for the program because over 50 percent (52 percent) of its student body are on free or reduced lunch.

Main Street to close Mon., Tues.

main street aerial from qpublic


Main Street will be closed all day Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26 for resurfacing, weather permitting. If it rains, the paving will commence on the next suitable day.

The street will be paved from the Spring Street intersection to the stop sign at the wooden bridge.

Mark Whitfield Street will be used as a detour and north-south connector for vehicle traffic. Motorists wishing to patronize Main Street businesses can park on Mark Whitfield Street or any side street, as well as the courthouse parking area. 

“We are trying to make things work as well as possible for the public and business owners, and get this project completed quickly,” said city hall employee Lonnie Waters.