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JeepFest this weekend

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    Organizers are expecting a large crowd of Jeep owners at the 5th Annual JeepFest this week.
    The event officially kicks off with a night ride Thursday and continues through Sunday.
    Sheriff Donnie Craig said they began the fundraiser for youth charities five years ago with 60 Jeep owners and one ride. This year they have already registered around 900 Jeep owners and the events last over the whole

No contested races in Talking Rock, one council seat will see race in Jasper

Qualifying continues through Friday in Nelson

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City election qualifying has ended this afternoon for Jasper and Talking with only one contested race.

In Talking Rock, Randy Banks has qualified for Mayor. Incumbent Carol Opdenhoff did not seek another term.

Morgan Southerland qualified for Town Council – Post 3, Talking Rock. The seat was formerly held by Mayor Opdenhoff’s husband Charles.

Incumbent Jessica Wells has qualified for Town Council – Post 5.

With no contested races, there will be no election held for Talking Rock this November.

 

Mayor unopposed; one council race in Jasper

For Jasper Mayor,  longtime incumbent John Weaver was the only candidate to qualify.

Council members Jim Looney, John Foust, Jr. are running unopposed.

Incumbent Tony Fountain will face challenger Kirk Raffield.

 

Nelson - Tina Monaghan has qualified for City Council as of Wednesday. Two other seats are open. Qualifying runs through Friday.

 

New DNR maps show where the wild things are

    Species range guide, more info online

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     Scientists, students and backyard naturalists can now explore, within seconds, the range and more of Georgia’s most rare animals and plants.
A new Georgia Wildlife Resources Division web portal blends the agency’s data on occurrences and natural communities with interactive maps to document the in-state ranges of more than 1,250 species, from coldwater darters to velvet sedge.

Beware of rental home scam

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    A professional scammer recently tried turning a real for sale listing of a local home into a bogus rental listing to cheat people out of their cash.
    When Don Martin of Torrey Mountain Properties posted a listing of a Jasper home for sale on the First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) site, he hoped to sell the home quickly.