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CROSSFEST to feature Rock Of Christ

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     Rock Of Christ will be among the many Christian musical sounds at CROSSFEST

     CROSSFEST was created to be a community-wide Christian Festival for the whole family. One of the most important goals this year is for the Church to come together and provide an end-of-Summer blessing to our local families and communities. 

This year's CROSSFEST is set to take place on Saturday, July 21st from 2 to 9 p.m. at Lee Newton Park in Jasper. The event is free admission for everyone. The only cost will be if you choose to buy from one of the art, craft or specialty item vendors at the event.

Book signing for Hee Haw ‘honey’ & Elvis girlfriend July 20th

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Goodman will be signing the books July 20th at noon at Jasper Drug Store on Main Street.

By David R. Altman

Books & Writers Editor


If you’ve ever been a fan of Elvis Presley or wondered what it would be like to a part of his inner circle, you’ve got to read the new book co-authored by former Jasper resident Diana Goodman. [You can catch Diana Goodman McDaniel at a book signing July 20th at noon at Jasper Drug Store on Main Street.]

Hollywood Lights Nashville Nights is an engaging new book by Goodman and former actress and colleague Victoria Hallman. It takes the reader on a magical ride through the intimacies of life in the high-energy fast lanes of Hollywood and Nashville. 

Schools to provide classroom supplies


In an unprecedented move, the Pickens County school system announced it will provide all “consumable” school supplies for the upcoming school year at no cost to parents. 

These supplies include paper, pencils, folders, hand sanitizer, crayons, and other  items needed for classroom instruction. According to a press release on July 10, parents are free to purchase additional personal items like backpacks, pencil boxes, and lunchboxes if they choose. If students have particular items such as certain writing utensils they prefer, they will be allowed to use those as well. 

Anyone lose a parakeet?


Pastor Irish Jones found the parakeet while walking at the Pickens recreation dept. She hopes the rightful owner will contact her. 


By Rosa Willis

Intern reporter


On Monday, Pastor Irish Jones was walking at Roper Park with a friend. As her walk came to an end, she and her friend found something rather unusual in the grass near her car. 

Jones had found a small blue and white parakeet sitting in the grass. She scooped the bird up and took it to the vet.

A look at Ball Ground’s thriving industrial/manufacturing base

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Universal Alloy Corporation, seen here in an aerial depiction, opened a plant within the city limits of Ball Ground just last year. Between 50 and 100 employees work at UAC, which is an international company manufacturing aluminum extractions for aircraft wing and fuselage components. Boeing Corporation is one of their biggest clients.


By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer


After years of a stagnant and sluggish economy, the United States is seeing an historic economic boom with GDP growth approaching four percent, unemployment levels at record lows, and manufacturing optimism at all-time highs. Many experts attribute the new economic growth to deregulation and tax cuts.

Nowhere is this economic optimism more evident than in Ball Ground. There are no less than 50 industrial and manufacturing companies located within a three-mile radius of the city's downtown, with more manufacturing steadily arriving. So why has Ball Ground become such a magnet for industry? 

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