While armed robberies are rare in this area, this Verizon store has been hit twice.
Authorities are looking for the sole suspect in an armed robbery that recently occurred at the Verizon Wireless store in Jasper.
According to Jasper Police Lt. Matt Dawkins, a black male wearing a ski mask and navy blue hoodie robbed the store on Saturday, Nov. 3. Dawkins said the suspect tied up an employee with zip ties and stole around 30 phones from the Old Philadelphia Road location.
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Teacher of the Year: (l to r) Janice Champion, PJHS; Cristy Jacobs, JMS; 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year Winner Kanyon Petti, PHS; Whitney Heath, HES; Michele Moore, TES; Ashley Cagle, HCES.
Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson opened the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year banquet with a poignant real-life story about a boy named Steve who grew up in home with alcoholic parents. His school life reflected his home life - chaotic and unstable. His grades and relationships suffered, but one of his teachers, Mrs. White, believed in him. Her faith changed the course of his life.
“Someone for the first time cared about him,” Dr. Wilson told attendees. “That’s when his world changed.”
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In the laser-tag arena, owners Kevin (l) and Ryan O’Dea. The brothers have created an entertainment mecca with games, a rage room and escape rooms on E. Church Street.
From laser tag in a post-apocalyptic setting to free-roam virtual reality games to escape rooms, no longer can people say there’s nothing for kids to do in Jasper.
Escape and Evade officially opened October 20 at 934 East Church Street (former Save-A-Lot area) in a spacious 26,000 square foot space, bringing entertainment options for people of all ages.
Showdown Brewing? Sheriff Donnie Craig and employee Miranda McDowell square off against County Finance Director Faye Harvey and commissioners Becky Denney, Rob Jones and Jerry Barnes over the proposed increase in the law enforcement agency’s budget for next year.
The Progress staff attended several of the county budget hearings of individual department heads last week. Currently, the proposed 2019 budget is $26.2 million. The majority of departmental budgets were flat, with no significant changes from last year.
The sheriff and fire operations saw the largest increase due to the number of employees in those
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A scene near Marianna, Florida where Jasper resident Alan Horne grew up shows the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael. Horne is organizing relief efforts for the area.
Local State Farm Agent Alan Horne grew up in Marianna, Fla. and this Thursday, Nov. 1st he will host a donation drive at his Jasper office for anyone wanting to donate to those devastated by Hurricane Michael.
While he spent the first 30 years of his life in Florida’s panhandle, Horne has lived in Jasper for six years, moving here to run his State Farm agency at the end of October, 2012.
Horne has strong ties to the part of the Florida panhandle that took so much of the brunt of Hurricane Michael on October 10th. Horne attended Marianna High School and then the University of Mississippi on a