Jasper approves bids and JMA Events


JASPER, Ga. – The City Council approved three major events for the Jasper Merchants Association (JMA) accompanying closing of Main Street in Downtown Jasper.

Usually spread across the entirity of the Fall Season as the JMA requests the road closure for these events, this year, with the help of City Manager Brandon Douglas, they made one request including all three events. Citizens should be aware of this road closure for the following days:

Thursday, October 31, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the Halloween Event.

Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the Christmas Parade, with the parade to start at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the New Year’s Eve Celebration.

Not associated with the JMA, Main Street will also be closed for the Prevent Child Abuse Pickens Long Table event on September 21, 2019, from Noon until midnight.

The city has received four bids for their paving contract for road paving. The apparent low bidder came to be Northwest Georgia Paving, Inc. with a bid of $1,217,062.50. Approved by the council, the paving contract has been awarded.


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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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Low bid approvals could see road changes and repairs after August’s City Council meeting.

Under new business Paul Poore discussed having a new downtown event on November 4, 2017. To follow up on the event read, Sports Car Event Coming to Pickens.

Next on the agenda, David Hall brought attention to the need of a lift station pump. Lift stations are used for pumping wastewater or sewage from a lower to a higher elevation. Hall told the council it was vital that the pump be repaired being that it has been patched multiple times and runs the risk of leaking. The council made the approval to repair the pump by accepting the low bid of $11,875 from Foreline.

Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson spoke with Mayor John Weaver and stated the Board of Education would give back to the city the Dixie Street Extension. This street runs between Jasper Elementary School and the old gym. It has been blocked off for many years making it unavailable for traffic due to children crossing the road to enter the gym. The council approved to reopen Dixie Street Extension as an operational city street.

Following the approval of Dixie Street, council members accepted the bid of $44,000 to repair the wooden bridge on Main Street using out SPLOST dollars. Railworks Track System Inc. will be repairing the bridge and state,

After it is finished, it should be stable for a while.

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Board of Commissioners Work Session


Jasper, GA –  At this month’s Board of Commissioners Work Session, the board discussed the LMIG 2018 road paving schedule. The list is not complete, but already includes roads such as Lumber Company and Upper Grandview. It will be determined after approval which roads will be paved by the county and by contractors.

Following the road paving schedule, Sheriff Donnie Craig spoke further on Capital Lease for new patrol vehicles. A loan would be taken for the vehicles and paid back with available SPLOST funds.

Sheriff Craig is still looking at different models of vehicles to determine which would be most suitable. The Sheriff’s Office currently plans to keep the better vehicles they have and surplus out the others.

The board spoke next on the proposal of the Georgia Mountain Regional Contract, which would allow new and updated photography of Pickens County. For the full story, follow up with Georgia Mountain Regional Commission Contract.

Don Boggus brought attention to the possibility of two new airport t-hangars. These would be placed on the north side of the current t-hangars. Once built, it is believed they will pay for themselves. Boggus stated that the t-hangars already have commitments, along with a waiting list behind them so the need is there.

The t-hangars would be financed for ten years with two years of that being only interest and a seven year payback. An exact cost for the construction has not been said yet.

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Cuddle Bear Drive


Faith McAllister is raising funds for the Cuddle Bear book drive in order to place a Cuddle Bear book and stuffed animal in the hands of children in our community.

This program is offered by USBORNE Books & More. The publisher of the book will be matching each donation made by 50%. If you donate two sets, they will automatically donate one. If you donate ten, they will donate five.  

FYN reached out to McAllister for more information on the drive,

When children are taken into foster care, it is most likely one of the worst and scariest times of their lives. Pickens County DFCS provides each child with a small bag of items that they NEED, such as toiletries, for example. Oftentimes, they’re taken in with only the clothes that they are wearing. Usborne Books & More will also donate a portion of the proceeds to the Scott Carter Foundation for pediatric cancer research…so donating to this drive will be a blessing to the foster children right here in our County as well as children all over the Country who are affected by pediatric cancer!!

Cuddle Bear is a sweet story about a bear who spreads cheer and hugs to others when they need it the most, no matter what their differences or needs. Any donation amount is truly appreciated! The cost of a Cuddle Bear book & plush set is $25.

Children truly are our future! As adults, it is our responsibility to make EVERY child feel important and loved. I feel that should start at home and spread outward as far as we can reach! Let’s be a blessing to these precious children and spread love and kindness…SHOW them that we care.

Donations can be made through the fundraiser shared on my personal Facebook page. My goal is to collect $1,000, which will provide 40 Cuddle Bear sets to the foster children of Pickens County DFCS. The fundraiser is open through July 29, 2017.

For more information visit here.

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