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Uncool trick: Halloween slasher hits Arbor Hills home

halloween-slasherAn Arbor Hills residents got a nasty trick, no treat, this Halloween when her front yard inflatables were vandalized early Thursday morning. She is shown cleaning up her destroyed decorations accumulated over the past 20 years.


The Arbor Hills home of Joan Anderson was vandalized around 3 a.m. Thursday morning, October 27th when someone slashed four of her Halloween-themed yard decorations. The perpetrator has yet to be apprehended but did approximately $500 in damage to the home’s decorations - which have been accumulated over 20 years and are put up each year for the enjoyment of neighborhood kids.

County considers another budget increase

Proposed budget to be presented at next work session

Pickens County Commissioners Rob Jones, Becky Denney and Jerry Barnes during a recent millage rate hearing.
    Following heated public outcry last month when commissioners raised the millage rate to fund their 2016 budget, hearings last week to discuss the 2017 budget indicate commissioners may raise the county’s budget by $1.5 million next year.
    For three days last week, commissioners heard requests from county department heads for 2017. According to Faye Harvey, the county’s chief financial officer, the proposed 2017 budget is $25,375,000, a 6.5 percent increase over the approved 2016 budget of $23,824,000.

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

Grading could begin at Dollar General site this week


    Hundreds of Pickens residents have been up in arms about the proposed Dollar General on Cove Road, but permits are now in place for the project to move forward.

     According to Pickens County Planning & Development Director Richard Osborne, grading is expected to begin at the end of this week at a Dollar General site at the corner of Cove and Grandview roads. 

     Osborne said his office issued land disturbance permit for the project on October 20. 

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

Trick or Treating Times in Pickens, and other Halloween events


     Downtown Trick or Treating will be held Monday, October 31st from 4-6 p.m. Citywide Trick or Treating inside Jasper’s city limits will be from 5-8 p.m. and the county time for Trick or Treating is from 6-8 p.m.
    In conjunction with downtown Trick or Treating, the Jasper Merchants will again host a Zombie Walk beginning at 6:15 p.m. at D.B. Carroll Street and N. Main Street. The walk ends at Lee Newton Park where there will be

Used book sale starts Thursday


The Friends of the Pickens County Library are holding their annual book sale fundraiser starting this Thursday, Oct. 27. The sale is open to Friends members only on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The sale is open Friday, Oct. 28 from 8:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., and on Saturday, October 29 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harbacks are $1 and up. Paperbacks are 50 cents and up. The sale will be held all three days at Chattahoochee Technical College Appalachian Campus.