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Massive Hwy. 53 project “looking hopeful”

Hwy 53 at Ingles

     Road project bids may happen in 2020 - After being on the drawing board for more than 20 years, the main route leading from the four-lane to downtown Jasper may see widening, new construction, and a one-way section in the next few years.

     A Georgia DOT project to widen and reconstruct Highway 53 from Highway 515 into downtown Jasper that has been on the state’s books for two decades appears to be moving forward, with it anticipated to be let for bids in late 2020.  

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2019 STAR finalists announced

Star Group

photo/Kyle Frantz Photography

2019 STAR finalists (l-r students seated/teachers standing behind them) student Katherine Densmore & teacher Kanyon Petti, Tyler Westbrook & Christine Westbrook, Thomas Pinson & Ginger Rizoti, Emily Robinson & Wil Nix, Dale Smith & Kathy Daymude, Bethany Carver & Ted Estes, Rosemary Willis & Christi Hobgood, Miles Gregg & Keith Petty, Olivia Fountain & Angela Quarles, Emma DiPuma & Jolain Brownell.

Submitted by Reeder Burch

Jasper Optimist Club

The Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the STAR program (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) is pleased to recognize the 2019 PHS STAR finalists.

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Community bucks DNR’s claim that mountain lions aren’t here

Tennessee confirms sightings, says population migrating from midwest


An article that ran last week about a large cat photographed at the Pickens County Airport, first thought to be a mountain lion but identified by the Georgia DNR as a bobcat, drew a big response from readers who counter the state agency’s official stance that mountain lions do not exist in Georgia.  

According to the Georgia DNR, “To date, no credible physical evidence (carcasses, trail camera pictures, photographs, film footage, etc.) has been found to substantiate the existence of a population of mountain lions in Georgia.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes the eastern cougar is extinct in the wild, and the DNR reports only three credible mountain lion sightings in the last 25 years, all related to the Florida panther. 

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Rep. Rick Jasperse named chairman of House Education Committee


       The Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments named State Representative Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper) as the Chairman of the House Education Committee.  Rep. Jasperse will also serve as a member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, Health, Human Relations & Aging, Public Safety & Homeland Security, Regulated Industries, Higher Education, and Agriculture committees. 

“I am very honored to be the Chairman of a committee that touches every Georgian in so many ways. During my time in the Legislature I have worked hard to be on committees that are important to the people I

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Smith named Pickens High STAR student

star student Smith-Daymude

Submitted by Jasper Optimist Club


Pickens High School senior Dale Smith has been named the school’s 2019 PAGE STAR Student. The Optimist Club of Jasper, the local STAR program sponsor, announced the honor.  Smith selected Dr. Kathy Daymude, Math teacher at PHS, as his STAR Teacher. 

Smith, the son of John Smith, earned the recognition for academic achievement and performance on the SAT.  

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