Commissioners trim slightly following public furor
Commission Chair Rob Jones listens to a question Thursday on the property tax increase, as Becky Denney and Jerry Barnes look on.
Speaking from the audience at the final hearing on a county property tax increase, Edwin Weaver told how he had gone to the grocery store to buy six steaks.
When the clerk told him he lacked the cash, he agreed he didn’t have the money but that “it is in my budget.” You don’t get the steaks without the money, he said, telling the commissioners the county needs to start eating ground beef instead of steak we can’t afford, to a roomful of applause.
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Peaceful path and marked plants promote recreation and education
Though it hasn’t been publicized much, Nelson has developed a top notch walking trail with picnic areas ready for use and expansion plans for the future.
By Ralph O. Dennis
One of Nelson’s not so advertised park projects is the walking trail. Located south of the kiddy park and the baseball field, the trail is approximately a quarter of a mile long. The project has been going on for some time and will really never be completed (maintenance is forever).
Christie Pool / Photo
Up, up and away - From left, Jack West, Preston Godfrey, Pickens Middle School Teacher Tom Brooks and Isabella Crowe look on as their handmade tissue paper hot air ballons take flight last week as part of an engineering and technology class.
"The hot air balloon unit introduces students to lighter-than-air travel in a fun hands-on activity,” the teacher said. “Students learn the concept of buoyancy, while also using incorporating math concepts such as volume,
Registration is under way once again for Pickens Animal Rescue's Most Beautiful Pet contest. Here's your chance to show off that glorious fur-friend you brag about to your friends, family and co-workers. Yes, you know who you are! Well now it's time to really show them off and let the citizens of Pickens County bask in their glory with you and cast their votes to determine who is truly the Most Beautiful Pet in our county. It’s okay if your pet isn’t furry. Dog, cat, fish, fowl, terrarium or barn inhabitants -- all are welcome to join in! It's all in good fun and
Future ghost tour planned during the Marble Festival
The Murray County Paranormal Investigations team at a ghost hunt in the Old Jail on Friday, Sept. 9.
It was well past the witching hour, but the low-hanging half-moon, stained an appropriately spooky shade of amber, had brazenly positioned itself outside my windshield on the drive home --- celestial residue from the paranormal experience I’d just had with a group of ghost hunters.
Earlier that night, one of the Edwards twins - both members of the Murray County Paranormal Investigations team that conducted a hunt at the Old Jail and the Quinton-Kirby Cabin in downtown Jasper – educated me. He said a “paranormal” experience doesn’t necessarily mean contact was made with the spirit world.
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