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Church will move into old Miller building

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        Mountain City Church will be the new inhabitants of the downtown Jasper building most recently occupied by Miller & Associates following a May 24th auction.

According to Scott Schwartz of Bullseye Auction & Appraisal  company, 10 bidders were registered for the online auction of the building at 1 South Main Street. 

Church pastor Chris Foglesong said an anonymous member of the congregation submitted the winning bid and purchased the building. Mountain City Church will use the space under negotiated terms. Details of these terms and the bid price were not available at press time.

   “We are very excited about this, and fortunately  had a private investor with an LLC purchase the building who is excited about our vision for the space,” Foglesong said. “We will basically be one of a few tenants in the building. It’s good for the investor, good for us and we want it to be good for the community. It’s really a win-win.” 


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1,000 cyclists expected for BRAG

Businesses have a big opportunity to cash in on tourism



     For the first time in nearly 10 years, over 1,000 cyclists will roll into Jasper as part of the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG), a popular event now in its 39th year. 

But these riders won’t just wave as they pass through on their way to another town, they’ll stay overnight the night of Monday, June 4. The Chamber of Commerce is doing all it can to roll out the red carpet with special events, but businesses are strongly encouraged to make plans and take advantage of the crowds.     

Two roundabouts on Hwy. 136 “a go”


Photo from GA DOT

Two roundabouts will be added to Highway 136 in the Blaine/Talking Rock area. Transportation officials say the research is clear, roundabouts are safer for motorists.

Groundbreaking is still two years away, but according to the Georgia Department of Transportation a project that will widen a portion of Highway 136 and add two new roundabouts is “a go.” 

One roundabout will be located in Blaine at the three-way “Y” intersection of Highway 136 and the Highway 136 Connector (location of Bart’s Bait & Tackle), and the other at a realigned intersection of Highway 136 and Old Highway 5/Ellijay Road. Total length of the project is 2.7 miles on Highway 136 between the 136 Connector and Highway 515.  

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School’s out forever for the PHS Class of 2018


     Rosa Willis / Photo Bring on the world, PHS graduate Rudy Perez and fellow seniors await their diplomas during the ceremony Saturday at Dragon Stadium. See more photos from the day on page 16A.

        The 272 members of the PHS Class of 2018 graduated Saturday, May 26th. Despite threat of rain all week, the ceremony took place outside in the newly remodeled Dragon Stadium. English teacher Keith Petty gave the day’s commencement speech, reminding students to “remember where you came from.”

Petty, a favorite teacher among the class of 2018 for his good nature and interesting classes, told students that love had brought them this far in their journey. 

House may be condemned in ‘Disgustingly filthy’ animal abuse case

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Credit / County Marshal photo

Animal control officers and a veterinarian had to wear HazMat suits to enter the residence where some dogs were roaming loose and others were trapped in rusty cages. A father and son have been charged with cruelty to animals and proceedings are underway to condemn the house.

Law enforcement officers and the responding veterinarian say  the recent animal abuse case in the Twin Mountain Lakes area is one of the worst they have seen in decades. 

According to a press release from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to tip from a concerned resident and discovered a scene like something out of a horror movie. Upon arrival, officers found partially buried dog corpses and several dogs roaming the premises. 

After obtaining a search warrant, deputies and detectives were forced to wear breathing apparatuses to enter the home due to the odor of decay and fecal matter. 

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