Jasper approves 2020 Operating Budget


JASPER, Ga. – Final approval came this month for the 2020 Operating Budget with the Jasper CIty Council’s transition to the new year.

The Council unanimously approved the operating budget resolution having gone through proposal, public hearings, and regular meetings.

The All Funds total revenue is $10,937,353. That is $1,079,390 less than 2019’s total $12,016,743. This total includes the General Revenue of the city, but also other sources such as the SPLOST, Hotel/Motel Tax, Water Fund, Solid Waste Fund, and Municipal Court Fund among others.

The General Revenue of Governmental Funds totals $4,680,032 with the budget balanced. This fund is also down from 2019’s $5,048,658 ($368,636 less).

Additionally, many departments are carrying the decrease including the largest departments of the Police Department at $1,365,266 (2019 – $1,410,181) and Fire Department at $1,159,810 (2019 – $1,220,937).

In fact, only three departments increased, Legislative at $117,313 (2019 – $94, 626), Animal Control at $43,921 (2019 – $37,735), and Planning and Zoning at $133,324 (2019 -$49,802).

However, with this budget approved, only four members of the council will operate under this budget as Tony Fountain and Mayor John Weaver are leaving this year.

Mayor Weaver is retiring after 27 years of service in the city, having not sought re-election. He will be succeeded in January by Mayor-elect Steve Lawrence.


2019 Pickens County Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade

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JASPER, Ga. – Pickens County held their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and parade on Saturday, December 7, 2019 in downtown Jasper, GA.

Festivities started at 4 pm, with the reading of the Christmas story beginning around 5:40 pm. The Christmas tree lighting was at 6 pm, with the parade following after.

Free photos with Santa were available, and Toys for Tots was on-scene to collect toy donations.

A slide show of the event may be viewed below!

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Martha Elizabeth Bryant: Obituary


Martha Elizabeth Bryant, age 95 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Grandview Health Care in Jasper. She was born October 14, 1924 to W. D. and Ruby Susan Webb in Atlanta.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda Reynolds of Dallas, Joan and John Holmes of Fountain Inn, South Carolina, Sherrie and Les Fannin of McDonough, Jennie Mashburn of Dallas; grandchildren, Wendy Golden of Marble Hill, Allison James, John Mark Holmes of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Steven Holmes of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, Martha Mulas of Ravensburg, Germany, Ginger Mayo of Dallas, Georgia; six great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family will be receiving friends Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Roper Funeral Home and Crematory from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Graveside Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park with Les Fannin officiating. (2000 Marietta Blvd NW; Atlanta, GA 30318)

Arrangements are entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.

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David Allen Kiser (Red Turtle): Obituary


David Allen Kiser, age 76 formerly of West Jefferson, NC, passed away at his home in Tate, GA on December 4, 2019.

David was born on October 15, 1943 in Jefferson City, Tennessee to James Luther Kiser and Beulah Reeves Kiser.

David was very involved in Native American affairs and activities. He was supportive of the Metis nation and was known to them by the name Red Turtle.

He is survived by his sister, Katherine Kiser McGrady and her husband Roger McGrady of Wilkesboro, NC.

Private services will be held in Georgia and North Carolina.

Mr. Kiser leaves behind a legacy of love and friendship. He was loved and respected by his many friends and tribe members. He has supported many circles throughout his lifetime. The four that have touched his heart so deeply are: Mountain Wisdom Inc., One World Spiritual Center, Twelve Stone Farms (a horse rescue farm) and Many Horses Foundation.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may to made to one of the following organizations:

Mountain Wisdom, Inc.,131 Wind Wing Way, Ellijay, GA 30536

One World Spiritual Center, 1575 Old Alabama Rd., Suite 213,
Roswell, GA 30076

Twelve Stone Farms, 576 Bunch Ct. Talking Rock, GA 30175

Many Horses Foundation www.manyhorses.org

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Cecil Edward Sweat: Obituary


Cecil Edward Sweat, age 78 of Jasper, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2019 at his home. He was born November 6, 1941 to Claudie Theodore and Mary Elizabeth “Tom” Sweat in Canton, Georgia.

Mr. Sweat is survived by his wife Linda Sweat of Marble Hill; daughter, Stacy Gentry and Chris Jordan of Nelson; sister, Claudette Cantrell of Canton; brother and sister-in-law, Dewey and Willa Sweat of Mesa Arizona; brother and sister in law; Charles and Joann Tomblin of Dublin; granddaughter, Kaya Jordan; special aunt, Yvonne Disharoon, several nieces, nephews and relatives.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Claudie and Mary Elizabeth “Tom” Sweat, sister, Doris Lee, brother, Wayne Sweat, son-in-law, Adam Gentry and grandson, Roger Green.

The family will be receiving friends, Friday December 6, 2019 at Roper Funeral Home and Crematory at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held Sunday, December 8, 2019 in the Roper Funeral Home Chapel at 2:30 p.m. with Reverend Buck Parker, Reverend Ted Estes and Reverend Nathan Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Lake Forest Memorial Park.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Richard “Dickie” Patterson: Obituary


Mr. Richard “Dickie” Patterson, age 68 of Talking Rock, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2019.

Mr. Patterson is survived by his Son & Daughter-in-Law: Rick & Victoria Patterson of Talking Rock; Sons: Benjamin Patterson of Ellijay and Jeremy Patterson of Jasper; Daughter & Son-in-Law: Tina & Michael Lowery of Ellijay; Step-Sons: Shane Buchanan and Christopher Patterson; Brother & Sister-in-Law: Johnny & Cathy Clark of Jasper; Sister & Brother-in-Law: Martha Sue & Terry Godfrey of Jasper; Sisters: Karen Jordan of Jasper and Deborah Thomas of Jasper; eight Grandchildren and one Great-Grandchild.

Mr. Patterson was preceded in death by his Parents: Billy & Sue Clark, Brother: Henny Clark, Sister: Julia Mead.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Cagle Funeral Home.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Patterson family.


Danny Beasley: Obituary


Mr. Danny Beasley, age 59 of Tate, passed away Monday, December 2, 2019 at his residence.

Mr. Beasley is survived by his Sisters & Brothers-in-Law: Karen & Steve Fulton of Ellijay and Tammy & Ricky Cox of Jasper; Nieces & Nephews: Lacy Richard, Lindsey Banks, Amber Cox and Ryne Cox; Great-Nieces & Nephews: Jazzmine Barnes, Gunner Banks, Grey Banks, Kiley, Kaleb, Kolby and Kenley Richard.

Mr. Beasley was preceded in death by his Parents: Everett & Edna Mae Beasley and Brother: Randy Beasley.

Visitation is Tuesday, December 3 from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Wednesday from 8:00 AM until 9:00 PM and Thursday, 8:00 AM until the funeral hour.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev. Adam Banks and Rev. Buck Parker officiating.

Interment will be at Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Ryne Cox, Nick Richard, Matt Banks, Rex Garland, Craig Poole, Steve Fulton, Ray Poole and Russell Teague.                                    Honorary Pallbearers: Ricky Cox, Gunner Banks, Jazzmine Barnes, Evans Ensley, Charles Timms, Larry Timms and Tommy Matthews.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Beasley family.


Kathy Lawton: Obituary


Miss Kathy Lawton, age 21 of Stockbridge, passed away Friday, December 6, 2019 at Piedmont Athens General Hospital.

Miss Lawton is survived by her Mother: Darlene Harris of Stockbridge; Father: Barney Lawton; Grandfather: Ward Lawton of South Carolina; Brothers: Daniel Harris and John Harris of Stockbridge; Sister: Nina Jameson of Stockbridge; Niece: Sara Jameson of Stockbridge.

Visitation is Saturday, December 14, from 12:00 Noon until the funeral hour.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday December 14, 2019 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Minister Tommy Dunn officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Spina Bifida of Atlanta.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lawton family.


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