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Jasper bicyclist completes 13,000 mile trip around America

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       Mike McGhee on his touring bicycle after riding the perimeter of the nation.

Click here to follow along with McGhee's adventures on his blog.

 

Mike McGhee cruised back into town Thursday on his bicycle after a 13,334-mile trip around the perimeter of the United States, saying that it was mostly fun.

Arriving a month ahead of schedule after departing on January 1, the Jasper cyclist was on his third bicycle and had spent a month recuperating after being hit by a truck in Texas on March 6 (which destroyed bike #1). 

Looking back over the many days, McGhee described the trip as fun  - doing something he enjoyed and visiting towns where he could have the occasional beer and a good meal and find lodging when he needed it.

“I got to see stuff, talk to people,” he said. “It’s a simple lifestyle; you know exactly what you are going to do the next day.”

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Jasper Merchants trying to salvage New Year’s party

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A shot from one of the downtown New Year's Eve celebrations hosted by the City of Japser. 

        The Jasper Merchants Association is working to salvage the New Year’s Eve celebration after the city council voted to not fund it at their last meeting. However, the volunteer group knows it won’t be easy to get the party started.

“It’s not a done deal,” said the merchant’s vice president Kirk Raffield. “I’m not going to say we are going to have one, but we will go before the council and petition them to let it occur.” Be sure to see our editorial this week, "Time is of the essence with New Year's Eve decision.

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Local reps. discuss house passage of tax bill

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Collins Statement on House Passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, issued the following statement in response:

Read rest of Collins statement and see statement from Tom Graves below.

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Dude, where’s my meth?

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This stash of meth was found and turned in by an observant walker. The meth had been packaged in several smaller bags inside the ammo can before it was logged into evidence.

        If anyone has lost 8.5 ounces of methamphetamine packed inside an ammunition can, they can claim it at the Pickens Sheriff’s office.

An observant dog-walker near the mountain bike trails under construction on Carns Mill Road spotted an ammunition can lying near the road on November 8. When he opened it, he found individual packages of white powder suspected to be methamphetamine.

He immediately drove to the sheriff’s office and turned the can over to a Pickens detective.

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Credit cards stolen from Jasper merchant in old school scam

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            According to authorities, credit cards were stolen from a downtown Jasper merchant during business hours and used to purchase gift cards from the local Walmart.

            Lieutenant Matt Dawkins with the Jasper Police Department said a black male and black female recently entered the furniture consignment shop Revive Us Again located on Highway 53 and Mark Whitfield Street and “used the old technique where one distracts while the other snoops around to see what they can find,” Dawkins said.

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