What we are thankful for
• With a decisive 42-13 win against Kentucky Saturday, we are extremely thankful that for the first time in years, Georgia is a true contender for a SEC title and still in the hunt for a national championship. Fingers crossed Dawgs.
• While not publicly open yet, the fact that Pickens is about to be on the region’s outdoor recreation map with a top-notch mountain biking trail is surely a delightful blessing. Even if you don’t intend to ride it, know that this trail, west of Highway 515 at the Gilmer line, is a big step in tourism.
• Money is not exactly falling from the sky in Pickens County, but by all accounts businesses and people are doing better this year than they have in a decade. Jobs are out there; people are buying; commerce is being transacted. After so many years of stagnant growth, the uptick of 2017 is something to be thankful for.
• Sweatpants and elastic waistbands, especially around 2 p.m. this Thanksgiving Day, something we look forward to.
• For people that keep traditions alive. Traditions are valuable all year round, but are especially important during the holiday season when we gather for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other special holidays. But traditions don’t just happen, people make them happen. There are leaders in every family, group of friends, or community who make the effort to make sure those special dinners, reunions, festivals, and other special events go on every year and we’re grateful for that.
• Better transparency in the school system. Since Dr. Carlton Wilson was hired as school superintendent there has been noticeable improvement to communication and more openness about happenings in our schools. We’re also thankful that he and the school board are considering outside-of-the-box solutions for important items like phasing out the Jasper Middle School campus and the school calendar.
• An out of town tour bus driver with a group up for the Marble Fest was shocked when someone told him it’d be okay to leave his bus in a Nelson street. We’re thankful to live in a small town where people still feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked and vehicles in the street, ocassionally.
from the Progress
Time is of the essence for New Year’s celebration decision
Regardless of the verdict, a decision is needed on Jasper’s New Year’s celebration 2017. Like trying to plan a party, you can’t dilly-dally on deciding who brings the fruit-punch. Now, multiply this to a city-wide scale and you surely can’t wait until the last moment for a street celebration. We worry it’s already too late to reverse the cancellation.
The Jasper Merchants Association leaders are working their hardest to see that our New Year’s eve bash makes it into the fifth year. The obstacles are sizeable in organizing the downtown celebration – manpower to set up/take down the stage, finding entertainment, arranging security, clean-up after midnight, not to mention fireworks, a ball or something to mark the end of 2017.
It looks insurmountable unless the Jasper council, who voted to not fund it themselves, jumps back on board and even if they do, it still looks like a daunting task given we’ll be less than a month away when a decision is reached.
The council is not scheduled to meet again until December 4, with this item on that agenda. We encourage them to have a special meeting ASAP and give a go/no-go answer.
In their defense, the Jasper council has probably not been asked to convene a special meeting (until now) and put this issue to rest, but time is of the essence to determine if the big party on January 31st will happen or not.
The council has held other special meetings and this is a case where every day counts. If the merchants manage to bring this back to life, let’s give them as much time as possible to make it a success.
Our opinion mirrors the mayor’s (see page 1 story). If the private group can do it well, let’s party. But it’s better to have nothing than something so rushed that it presents a poor image of the town.