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Bible found: Woman wants to return sacred book to owner

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Do you know this Bible? It was found on the road in the Pleasant Hill Road area this spring. 


It’s worn, like people would argue any good Bible should be – the leather softened, especially around the corners, and the spine curved into a permanent and deep arc from use.

In the lower right hand corner the Bible’s owner is identified in those familiar embossed gold letters. 


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Jasper council paves way for 96 apartments

New Year’s plans, J-turns at Antioch Church Rd, city manager discussed


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Council has approved rezoning, with conditions, for six parcels highlighted in yellow. The parcels are located at the intersection of Old Philadelphia Road and Jonah Lane near Walmart.

Jasper City Council unanimously approved conditional rezoning of several parcels near Walmart for a 96-unit apartment complex.

Developer Onyx Investment Services requested six parcels off Jonah Lane, totaling 12.13 acres, be rezoned from C-2 (Commercial) to R-3 (Multi-Family). Developers propose building an apartment complex that will include two tennis courts, two pools, a dog park, and greenspace. If council’s conditions of the approval are met and construction begins, apartments will be in a craftsman style and rent for between $1,200 and $1,500.

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Charges piling up for vape ring


     A Fannin County Grand Jury recently brought a slew of indictments against five suspects in a vape shop racketeering ring that involved stores in a three-county area, including one on West Church Street in Pickens County. 

On Friday, Sept. 14, agents from the Pickens, Fannin and Gilmer sheriffs’ offices, along with GBI agents, drug task force officers, and district attorney office personnel executed search warrants at the A1 Smoke Shops in Jasper and East Ellijay, as well as a Citgo convenience store on Blue Ridge Drive in Blue Ridge. The warrants were executed because law agencies believed the shops sold illegal products that led to at least a dozen medical vaping emergencies among students in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. 

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Godfrey to lead Chamber

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Pickens native Amberle Godfrey has been named President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce.

By Sonny Proctor,

Chairman Board of Directors Pickens Chamber of Commerce

I am proud to announce that Amberle Godfrey has been selected as the new president/CEO of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce.

Godfrey is a native of Pickens County and has been serving as interim executive director since early August. Prior to that she had served as interim operations director.  She has also served as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including chairman. During Amberle’s tenure, the Chamber has seen tremendous financial stabilization and many improvements in other areas. 

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$1 million scratch-off winner in Jasper


Owners of the Marathon gas station on East Church Street in Jasper have a photo of the million dollar winning ticket displayed on their door. 


       Last Saturday was a lucky day for one mystery man, who a Jasper convenience store owner said won $1 million on a Royal Riches scratch-off ticket – top prize for the game. 

Mohammad Sohail, owner of the Marathon gas station on East Church Street, said the customer is a regular who drives a truck. Mohammad’s wife Nazia was working when the man bought the ticket. 

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