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Are Jasper liquor fees driving away business?


A request from a downtown restaurant owner spurred discussion between Jasper mayor and council about the price of a liquor license, which the businessman says is costing the city money and keeping restaurants from offering the best experience to their customers. 

Wingsology owner Carlo DelPizzo had approached Jasper Mayor John Weaver prior to the regular council meeting on October 1 and presented the same argument to council. 

Read the rest of this story in our e-edition this week.


Public encouraged to join zoning discussion



By Richard Osborne 

Planning & Development Director


The public is invited to attend a discussion meeting on county zoning and land uses on October 8 at 6 p.m. as part of the regularly-scheduled Pickens County Planning Commission. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners meeting room, 1266 E. Church St, Jasper.

The Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission have asked county staff and Northwest Georgia Regional Commission planners to conduct zoning & land use research and obtain input from stakeholders as

Read more: Public encouraged to join zoning discussion

Garden club to raffle photo of 100 year old Tate House tree

tate house tree pic


      The Amicalola Garden Club is selling raffle tickets for a colored canvas (24” X 36”) photo taken by talented local photographer George B. Armstrong. This is a photo of the iconic Chin-ka-pin Oak Tree that was located at the entrance to the Georgia Marble Company Memorial Plant on Tate House grounds. The tree was well over 100 years old and in the 1920s it began to show signs of decay and dying. Colonel Sam Tate employed a

Read more: Garden club to raffle photo of 100 year old Tate House tree 

What to do when a stray shows up in your yard

Lost, found dogs lead to magistrate case 


      What are you supposed to do when a stray dog or cat finds its way to your home? Feed it if it’s hungry? Yes. Offer it water? Yes. Call Pickens Animal Control? Yes.

A case of two lost then found Golden Retrievers wound up in magistrate court last Thursday and at the heart of the case was proper protocol when you find stray animals.

     According to Chief Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington, speaking in a later interview, if a stray animal wanders into your yard, you should always call animal control.

        See full story including details of the case in this week's print or online editions. 

Ball Ground's 135th birthday party


Photo from Larry Cavender’s personal collection

Still rocking - Ball Ground was a happening place in the 1920s and 1930s. The first “hey day,” shown above in a photo of Main Street, is believed to have been taken around 1930. Now the town, which will turn 135 years old Saturday, is in a “reawakening” period. See pages 9-12A in the print or online edition for a look at the unique history of the small town.

By Larry Cavender 

Contributing writer


A celebration is planned for this Saturday to honor the anniversary of Ball Ground's incorporation as a city in 1883. The "birthday party" is being co-sponsored by the city of Ball Ground and the Ball Ground Historical Society and will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Ball Ground Community Building.

Everyone is invited to this event which will include booths and/or tables sponsored by past and present businesses, churches, civic organizations and individuals who will be displaying vintage photos and other memorabilia. A number of vintage antique cars are expected to be on display. 

Nancy Madden Sosebee, president of the Ball Ground Historical Society, said of the event, "It's a birthday party, so of course, there will be cake." The party is free to anyone who would enjoy celebrating the town's 135th birthday and sharing memories of the community.