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Bank drive-thru purchase stalls when DDA chair balks over price

     dda entegra bank

Damon Howell / Photo

Originally approved in July, the city council and downtown development authority were to pay $100,000 for this downtown corner and building. A price that DDA Chair Mike Denson now calls unsupportable.

       The city of Jasper’s effort to purchase the closed Entegra Bank drive-thru on the north end of Main Street stalled Tuesday when the Downtown Development Authority chair said he refuses to sign the documents to complete the deal.

The Jasper council had voted to purchase the property in July of 2018 with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) handling the financing. All parties apparently felt at the time it would be good to add public bathrooms and more parking spaces to North Main. An article at the time noted that it would take about eight weeks to renovate the building.

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Participants needed for youth birding competition t-shirt art contest

sports 2018 winner Great horned owl Alston Li SKA Academy

       Hey kids. Do you enjoy nature as well as creating artwork? Georgia’s 14th annual Youth Birding Competition invites resident children and teens to celebrate birds through a T-shirt Art Contest. 

Many famous ornithologists were bird artists when they were young, so perhaps you could be the next John James Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson or David Allen Sibley.

Read more: Participants needed for youth birding competition t-shirt art contest

Commercial projects still coming along

building revolution church site

Damon Howell / Photo

What a muddy mess — Although construction is underway at the site of the future Revolution Church north of town, rainy weather has delayed the project by weeks.


Revolution Church - Construction at Revolution Church’s Jasper campus has moved slower than expected, with original plans to open by the end of 2018 - but church leadership says weather permitting they will be in their new building by summer of 2019. 

“Honestly, we’ve just had a tough time with the weather,” said Chad Elliott, the Jasper campus pastor. “Every time we try to get going it’ll rain, then take two or three days to dry out.”

Elliott said the delay has done more good than bad in his eyes, and will help strengthen the church’s place in the community in the long run.

        See more about Revolution Church and several other commercial endeavors in this week's print or online editions. 

Election board meeting gets deep on ballot requirements

election board

More important than a credit card – Election board member William Bell shows his voter registration card, which he carries everywhere, to fellow board members (sitting l-r) Tara Canon, Sheralee Brindell, Jack Barnes and Election Supervisor Julianne Roberts standing. Not shown, board member Paul Lindsey out of frame at far end of table.

The board of elections held a detailed, deep and somewhat heated discussion regarding voter purges and the amount of leeway they might exercise with absentee ballots Tuesday (January 8th).

Adriana Gutierrez, a member of the public, encouraged the local elections board to go above and beyond state requirements to not turn voters away due to minor issues.

Read more: Election board meeting gets deep on ballot requirements

“They’ve all drank the Kool-Aid,” Jasper mayor says of council

     Monday’s Jasper council meeting showed a continued strain between the mayor and most council members, with fur flying over the mayor’s annual board appointments and a proposed apartment complex tentatively approved for rezoning last month.  

        See full story from this month's Jasper council meeting and later comments from city officials in this week's print or online editions