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Sign up to be in the 2021 Independence Day parade


     No hometown Independence Day celebration would be complete without a parade on Main Street.  This year’s celebration is one of many things we missed last year, so this year’s theme is “Celebrating America….Together Again!”  

All are invited to participate in the parade, to be held on Saturday, July 3 at 1 p.m. (note the change of time from previous years) — simply fill out this application, including fees, and mail to:  Jasper Lions Club Parade Committee, PO Box 1088, Jasper, GA 30143. Contact 706-253-LION or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information. 

34 percent of Pickens has at least one COVID shot



Approximately 34 percent of Pickens County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of June 7th, according to figures released by the North Georgia Health District (NGHD).

The NGHD reported Monday that 10,792 Pickens residents have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine - 34 percent of the population - and 9,861 people - or 31 percent - are fully vaccinated. Those figures are well behind the state’s overall percentage of 41 percent with at least one dose and 34 percent  who are fully vaccinated.

There are 32,591 Pickens residents, according to the latest available figures from 2019 from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Read more: 34 percent of Pickens has at least one COVID shot

“He was the first victim, not a criminal,” says sister of man arrested in phone scam

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     David Bramblette did not understand what he had gotten into, says sister Brenda of the phone scams he is accused of taking part in. They are shown at a birthday party several years ago.

       The sister of the Refuge Road man arrested for involvement in an international phone scam in May said her brother suffered with mental limitations and did not have the ability to understand what he had gotten into. This view was seconded by a longtime local business owner who also knew David Bramblette.

Brenda Bramblette said her brother, David, 63, was first tricked out of all of his money and then tricked again to helping the people who had swindled him.

      See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

Wanna run for office? Municipal elections coming


The cities of Jasper, Nelson and Talking Rock have numerous seats up for election this November, with candidate qualifying to be held on different dates prior to election day. 



City council seats held by Sonny Proctor and Anne Sneve are up for grabs. Candidates must be a resident of the city of Jasper and have lived there for one year. Qualifying dates will be Monday, Aug. 16 through Wednesday, Aug. 18. Qualifying fees are $35. 

Read more: Wanna run for office? Municipal elections coming