Renaming Stegall Drive to Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard


JASPER, Ga. – Earlier this week, on March 4, 2019, the Jasper City Council heard, and approved, a presentation to for renaming a portion of Stegall Drive to Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard.

The presentation covered most of the concerning issues as Frank Leist said the Veteran’s Association has already contacted the neighboring parties on the street, the Chamber of Commerce and the Senior Citizen, about their response changing addresses with the street name. They also have already looked into signage for the streets and the park.

The actual street name change will only stretch on the Stegall Drive from Mary Street to Maple Street.

Leist when on to note some additional ideas that could be coming to the park including some military equipment. Leist also noted that he had offered to the neighbors that they would absorb costs for the changes.

With the council’s approval, and no other concerns from 911 about the renaming, the street is officially renamed and citizens should be noticing the changes coming as the follow-up with City Manager Brandon Douglas details the logistics and operations of the change.


Senator David Perdue Addresses Georgia Sheriffs’ Association

Politics, State & National

January 24, 2019 Casey Black, 202-224-1324

Jenni Sweat, 202-224-0614

Senator David Perdue Addresses Georgia Sheriffs’ Association

“I want all law enforcement officers to know I’m proud of them, I appreciate what they do, and I’ve got their backs.” 

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joins the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association’s Winter Conference in Atlanta, Georgia:

“Georgia is home to some of the most impressive law enforcement officers in the nation,” said Senator Perdue. “Our sheriffs are pillars of the community and work every day to preserve peace, prevent crime, and protect all Georgians. It was great to hear directly from many of our state’s sheriffs. Their input is critical as we work to increase public safety and improve school security. I want all law enforcement officers to know I’m proud of them, I appreciate what they do, and I’ve got their backs.”

“Senator Perdue has a sincere commitment to ensuring the safety of all Georgians,” said Terry Norris, Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association. “We greatly appreciate his presence at the Sheriffs’ Winter Training Conference and his long-standing support of the Constitutional Office of Sheriff and the many dedicated women and men who perform the duties of deputy sheriffs and jailers.”


Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.

Jasper Annual Night of Lights 2018


JASPER, Ga. – It may have been at night, but there was no difficulty seeing the Jasper Merchants Association’s “Night of Lights” Christmas parade on Sunday.

Though the annual event is always scheduled for the first Saturday in December, this year saw the association postponed the festivities by one day due to rain issues. The one day made a major difference for the event according to the JMA’s report at the Jasper City Council. Reporting several phone calls thanking them for moving it, the report also noted that some citizens reported it was the best one they have seen so far.

The festivities kicked off a 4:00 p.m. with music, a nativity, Santa, and more as citizens gathered on a closed down Main Street to kick off Christmas.

As 6:00 p.m. drew closer the crowds huddled around the Pickens County Courthouse for the lighting of the Christmas tree ten minutes before the parade.

The parade also saw benefit from the delay as the JMA reported that they lost two groups from the delay, but gained the lit-up Semi-truck with Santa that originally was not able to join as it was in another parade on Saturday. They also noted the band and certain groups could not have participated in the rain.

The parade ended the night’s festivities, but FYN is proud to announce the JMA’s Night of Light’s parade float winners by judge’s decision.

The Best in Show Award went to Pickens High School as a whole for the Band, cheerleaders, and the 2018 6AAAA Football Region Champion Dragons.


Third place ended with a tie score between Talking Rock Realty and Devil’s Shadow Hayride.

Talking Rock Realty

Talking Rock Realty

Devil's Shadow Haunted Hayride

Devil’s Shadow Haunted Hayride










Second Place went to Angel’s on Horseback.















First place went to Trinity Tabernacle for their float “Jesus Rocks.”


City Council Talks Festivals in August


JASPER, Ga. – The Jasper City Council’s August meeting saw a change in the traffic direction for this year’s Marble Festival in October as well as for the popular JeepFest event starting at the end of August.

Haley Bouchie, President of the Jasper Merchants Association, presented a request to close a portion of Main Street during the festival. The road is already to be closed for the Road Race and the Parade that are scheduled for the weekend’s festivities. The new request would see the road staying closed from 6 a.m. on Saturday to 6 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Bouchie stated the joint venture between the Jasper Merchant’s Association and the Pickens County Chamber would have security for the vendors on the street overnight. The request was made last year as well but denied. After several close calls with the traffic and pedestrians, according to Bouchie, they have returned with the request for this year’s festival.

Bouchie also told the council that they would be working alongside the merchants on the street to improve and increase their foot traffic despite the loss of the parking spaces on the street.

Expanding the Marble Festival up to Main Street cause a large discussion on how to get traffic around the closed street including Dixie, Mary, or even Whitfield streets. Sitting down with police and businesses to discuss traffic by foot and vehicle were assured to be forthcoming in preparation of the event.

Ultimately approved by unanimous decision, the event will see the road closed to traffic from 6 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, to 6 p.m. on Sunday evening, October 7.

The same request came for September’s JeepFest event asking to close Main Street for a “Show & Shine” of Jeeps lined up on the street. City Manager Jim Looney presented a letter from Kris Stancil of the Picken’s County Sheriff’s Office requesting the closure of the street on Friday, August 31, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. after a concert.

This is not the first time this request has been presented, having been done for years now. The request was approved for the event. Mayor John Weaver commented saying that the Jeeps take over all of Main Street with hundreds of Jeeps lined up down the road for the Show & Shine.

An additional request came from Wingsology for the JeepFest event. Requesting an outside beer and wine license, Wingsology is also a request from previous years.

The council approved the request unanimously as well.

With these events coming up quickly, citizens should be aware of the closures of Main Street during these events as to avoid congestion as they seek to travel through town or attempt to find parking. Shuttles are also being made available for the Marble Festival specifically. Citizens can find the shuttle areas by visiting the Marble Festival Website.


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