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City of Jasper enters negotiation phase in manager search

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            Jim Looney, interim city manager for Jasper, will enter negotiations with candidates for his permanent replacement per instructions given by the council following a closed session Thursday evening.

   Council attorney Bill Pickett read a statement when the meeting returned to open session stating they had authorized Looney to negotiate with the candidates for city manager who have shown an interest in the job. The council interviewed four potential candidates earlier this month.

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Don't drink and drive: Sheriff's checkpoints planned for holidays

This holiday, “drive sober or get pulled over”


Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig is ramping up efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road this holiday season. Over the next few weeks, the sheriff’s office will conduct concentrated patrols and random DUI safety checks throughout the county “to make sure everyone has a wonderful Christmas season.” 

Checkpoints Dec. 15

Recent Case Law has indicated the need for local law enforcement to provide advance notification of sobriety and safety checkpoints. On Saturday, December 15th, the Pickens Sheriff’s Office will be conducting safety checkpoints beginning at 8:00 p.m The locations will vary and the event is expected to last until midnight. This is part of an enforcement effort to reduce the risk associated with accidents involving impaired drivers.

Lost Bible returned to owner

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The owner hadn't seen his Bible in years, but thanks to a resident who wanted to find the rightful owner the sacred book has been returned. 

In what could be considered no less than a Christmas miracle, a Bible was reunited with its owner after the Progress ran an article reporting it had been found on the side of the road. 

The Bible was turned over to the Progress by a woman who had the same last name as the one printed on its front cover – “William Paul Stanfield.” A motorist found the Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible in the Pleasant Hill area and gave it to Donna Stanfield’s husband, owner of Jasper TV & Appliance, in April. Mrs. Stanfield, who is not related to William Paul Stanfield, found it on a bookshelf in her living room last month while she was cleaning and

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Winter Market provides great treats and fun outing

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If you’re planning ahead, Paulette Moxley of Sunny Side Farms offers up many choices for your pantry.


By Heather Giambra


Wonderful vendors offering wonderful choices. Most of the vendors were inside the Chamber building staying warm except a few brave souls who still have fresh veggies. Turnips and greens, squash and radish, lettuce and spinach, too. 

The Red Bean Harvest table moved indoors to offer their coffee, teas, and hot chocolate which was greatly appreciated by everyone feeling the chill. Our market is a welcoming place of comfort and camaraderie, plus the place to be to feel the holiday spirit rising.

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Mixed winter bag — Some get ice, others wind

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The photo shows ice-covered roads near the top of Hendricks Mountain in Bent Tree. At 2,650 feet of elevation, the conditions were markedly different on Hendricks Mountain than other areas of the county. Photographer Robin Dunn described it as looking like ice cubes littering the ground where frozen precipitation had been blown from trees.

Pickens County was hit with the first storm of the season Saturday ahead of winter’s official December 21st start. The storm produced a wide variety of conditions depending on the area of the county.

Higher elevations such as Monument Road and areas inside Bent Tree were hit with ice and snow creating slick roads. Henderson Mountain, which generally sees similar conditions to the Monument Road area, was bypassed by this storm with no problems reported there.

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