It’s little overgrown because of inactivity due to the pandemic, but the Southern Appalachian Folk School hopes to resume classes and programs in a few months.
The Southern Appalachian Folk School in Jasper intends to resume classes and other activities in late summer.
Heather Poole, president of the board of directors at the folk school on D.B. Carroll Street, said she wants people to know, “we’re not dead, we’re still clipping along.”
Poole said the SAFS went dormant with the pandemic and it takes time to re-connect with instructors, arrange classes and promote the offerings but they fully intend to get the school, which both offers classes and hosts occasional shows and events, back into action.
Seat belt, speed limits, and other laws to be enforced
(ATLANTA) State troopers and local law enforcement are asking everyone to make the summer travel season a safe one this year by remembering to click their seat belt or risk being handed a ticket.
With many Georgians expected to be on the road during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, officers are sharing personal stories of seat belts saving their lives or the lives of others to show why we all need to buckle up on every trip.
Deputy Brandon Farmer is a member of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) team. Brandon credits a seat belt with saving his life in a crash that killed two of his friends when he was 17 years old. His two friends were not wearing a seat belt, and one was ejected from the truck on impact with another vehicle. Losing his friends almost 20 years ago is always on his mind when he has to notify a family that a loved one has been killed in a traffic crash.
“He was such a wonderful, sweet kid,” said aunt
A memorial to Peter Genovese was set up at the Walmart in Jasper where he worked.
A 19-year-old-year who had bought a one-way ticket to Jasper to make a better life for himself, was struck by a car and killed walking home from work last week.
Peter Genovese had been here about six months before the tragic May 10th accident on North Main which claimed his life two days later.
“It was around Thanksgiving when he came,” said aunt Lydia Marsicek, who lives in Pickens County. “He was such a wonderful kid. He was quiet, but once you got to know him he was just goofy and funny, and a hard worker. He was the oldest of all his siblings so he always had to be the responsible one.”
Talking Rock Park reopened to the public Saturday, May 22.
The park has been closed due to damage from flooding. While there is still some damage remaining, city officials say the park is usable. Mayor Randy Banks has meet with contractors to replace some washed out walkway areas with concrete, fencing, two swings, and bathroom stalls.
Banks said these repairs have been held up while the city waited for disaster relief funding. Over the next several weeks the public can expect the park to close briefly a day or two here and there while repairs are performed.
By Dave Williams and Beau Evans
Capitol Beat News Service
ATLANTA - Georgia is joining a growing number of Republican-led states in cutting off federal unemployment benefits to incentivize out-of-work employees to return to their jobs.
Gov. Brian Kemp said in an interview with Fox News Thursday that the Georgia Department of Labor will stop issuing $300 weekly checks to jobless workers next month.
The governor’s remarks came three days after a coalition of statewide business organizations spearheaded by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce released an op-ed complaining companies can’t find workers for a growing list of job openings because unemployed Georgians are receiving more in state and federal jobless benefits than they could earn by going back to work.