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Located in northwest Alabama on the future Interstate Highway 22, Jasper is a thriving retail hub, center of growing industrial development and home to approximately 14,000 residents. Enjoying one of the top ranked education systems in the State of Alabama, ongoing renovated Park & Recreation programs and its close proximity to the outstanding recreation areas such as Smith Lake, Bankhead National Forest and the Warrior River makes it an attractive area for relocation.  Mayor V. L. “Sonny” Posey would like to welcome you to our city and web site.


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JIDB considers contract with county's EIDA

The Jasper Industrial Development Board is considering entering into a professional services contract with the Walker County Economic and Industrial Development Authority for the first time in nearly 25 years. The agreement, which has not yet been formalized, would likely see JIDB paying between $150,000 and $200,000 per year to the EIDA for marketing and administrative services. EIDA executive director David Knight said the contract will not fundamentally change the working relationship between the two groups in which the JIDB owns and develops industrial parks and spec buildings and the EIDA serves as the marketing arm and primary point of contact for economic development inquiries. “The services will be paid for now, whereas before it was provided free of charge because both entities had the revenue they needed,” Knight said.

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Council honors WHS tennis teams

Members of the Walker High girls’ tennis team, which brought home a Class 6A state championship on April 24, were honored during the Jasper City Council meeting Tuesday morning. Walker’s girls’ team easily won its state title — the first in tennis since 2003. Walker’s girls’ team finished second in the state in 2010. Walker won two singles state titles and one doubles state championship.  “We worked really hard all through the season, and we knew we could achieve the goal of a state championship,” said senior Kallie Beall, who played No. 1 singles. “When it came to the state tournament, we did what it took to win.” The council also recognized Walker’s boys’ tennis team, which finished second in Class 6A in the recent state tournament in Mobile. Walker’s boys’ team won the state title in 2010. “It’s an outstanding accomplishment for both teams,” said council member Danny Gambrell, a former principal at Walker. “You’ve done a great job representing Walker High School and the city of Jasper.”

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Council approves reopening city jail

Jasper City Council members began the steps Tuesday to reopen the city jail after a contract with Winston County to house city inmates was not renewed. Police Chief J.C. Poe told council members his department was notified about a month ago that the Winston County Jail could no longer house the city's prisoners. “At that point, we pursued working with the Walker County Commission and the county jail to house our prisoners,” Poe told the council. Poe said negotiations fell through when county officials said space limitations at the county jail would preclude a deal with the city. Winston County then offered to extend its contract with the city, but at an increased cost with additional stipulations. That led the city to begin discussing the need to reopen the city jail, which was closed two years ago.

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Jasper firefighters show off new rescue truck

Jasper Fire Chief David Clark was like a proud new father Tuesday. After all, he was showing off his — or rather the Jasper Fire Department’s — newest family member. Clark helped debut the department’s new fire rescue truck that was ordered late last year but just delivered last week. Clark, Deputy Fire Chief Alan Clark and Lt. Dante Fields brought the new vehicle to Jasper City Hall Tuesday morning to show it off to Mayor Sonny Posey and members of the Jasper City Council — the driving force behind the purchase of the $150,000 vehicle.“We wouldn’t have this if it wasn’t for the mayor and city council,” Chief David Clark said.

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