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Letters to the Editor

This Week's Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Where in the world is Jasper, Ga.?

First of all I’m a newbie to Jasper/Pickens County, moved from Florida 13 years ago August. I’m asked all the time both from Floridians and Georgians a like “Where is Jasper, Georgia?” I tell them, ‘We’re the first mountain city of Georgia.’ Most either say “Oh, Blue Ridge or Ellijay, I know where that is.”  I say “No, we’re between Canton and Ellijay.” They look at me kind of funny. I say to them “If you pass Bigun’s BBQ, you’ve gone too far.” I still get a ‘deer in the headlights look.’ Yep, they know exactly where Bigun’s BBQ is, but not Jasper. I’ve always been the kind of person that likes to be part of the solution instead of the problem. As my Daddy used to say, “First impressions are lasting impressions.” At 515/53 intersection (north) there is nothing, but weeds, weeds and more weeds. There is nothing to invite you to downtown Jasper.  However, with the Apple Festival and Jasper’s very own Marble Festival coming up very soon, I thought, perhaps we could put our best foot forward, and invite the thousands “just passing through on 515” to come see Jasper. We have great eateries, antique and retail shops, Old Pickens County Jail Museum and Gibbs Garden right down the road. Granted Gibbs Garden isn’t in Pickens County, but there is a way to get there through Jasper. Who knows, along the way, someone may stop and shop and eat. Ok, how can we be inviting? Remember, first impression? First of all, I believe we should/could spruce up the median at 515/53. Is there a local landscaping company that would be willing to landscape the median, in return for its sign to be placed in the median to be seen by thousands, both local and travelers on 515?   How about the county commissioner chairman and county commissioners, city of Jasper mayor and city council, Chamber of Commerce, Pickens County Master Gardeners, the Amicalola Garden Club, the Keep Pickens Beautiful organization, Pickens County Board of Realtors and all citizens of Pickens County that would like to see Pickens County grow and be all it can be, come together and make Intersection 515/53 Beautiful and inviting. Thank you.

Beverly Poag


Dear Editor:

Since the infamous, truly rigged elections of 2016, I have written several 'Letters to the Editor' warning about the threat to American democracy. 


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