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Folk school to open next month

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     Founders of the Southern Appalachian Folk School, located in the Jasper building that most recently housed Pickens DFCS. (l-r) Debbie Brownlee, Heather Poole, Pat Jewell, Rhonda Lindsey, JJ Roper, Billy Roper and C. Larry Wilson

 

       A group of dedicated artists and art supporters have come together to open a folk school in Pickens County to celebrate the unique Appalachian culture of the area. 

     Southern Appalachian Folk School is a homegrown effort to keep the mountain culture alive by sharing its arts, crafts and stories. Beginning February 2018, the school will offer classes in a wide variety of folk arts. Among the initial offerings will be basket making, wood whittling, making cane blow guns, and chair caning. As the school grows, it will

‘You can have our water system when you pry our cold, dead hands off it,’ says mayor

Strange DDA meeting reflects tension, discord in local politics

 

        A meeting of Jasper’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Friday reflected the discord over the recent sacking of John Weaver as city manager and strong opposition to any consolidation plan of the city and county water systems. 

Originally scheduled several weeks ago, the meeting’s agenda indicated the authority would look at signing over property purchased through the DDA to the city council.

The meeting began with Mike Denson, chair of the DDA, asking some vague, technical questions to city attorney Bill Pickett about the ownership of the city pump station on Cove Road, one of the properties the city purchased through the DDA. Denson inquired what might happen if some other agency were given control of the property.

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Have Your Cake and Decorate It Too

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      The Pickens County Master Gardener and UGA Extension organizations are sponsoring a Have Your Cake and Decorate It Too workshop at the UGA Extension office on January 29 from 6 until 7 p.m. Dee Boggus, Master Gardener and floral designer, returns to demonstrate how to stack, ice, and finish décor for your own beautiful and delicious cake creations (including live flowers and other embellishments). Impress your friends with your newly learned cake decorating skills and enjoy the finished product at the end of the workshop with a cake tasting. The public is welcome, and the workshop is free.

Jasper Council violates state law with closed meeting

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At a Jasper council meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, council entered into closed meeting without following state Sunshine Laws. 

The Progress sent notice Friday asking for all notes and the audio recording of the portion of the closed Jasper City Council meeting where the council deliberated on the mayor/city manager position.

During the January 8th meeting, Weaver was not re-appointed as city manager, a position he has held for more than two decades. Instead the council indicated they will appoint sitting council member Jim Looney as city manager for an interim period, while they interview for a permanent replacement. Looney’s appointment was delayed as questions arose about whether he needed to resign his council seat. It is expected to be taken up at the February meeting.

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