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FY 16 budget, SPLOST, athletics, enrollment numbers all tackled at massive school board meeting


     Both property and sales taxes were tackled by the school board in a mammoth meeting Thursday lasting four hours.
    The Pickens Board of Education (BOE) approved a tentative budget that will hold property taxes flat for the next year, with a millage rate of 16.1. This is the same tax rate used since 2012.

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


‘Big eared’ burglar hits Community Thrift Store

     Be on the lookout for a man with “noticeably big ears.” He is suspected of stealing laptops and a safe containing cash from the Community Thrift Store in an overnight burglary in early August.
    Lt. April Killian, the head of the sheriff’s office criminal investigations, said it was originally reported as two overnight break-ins at the Thrift Store, which donates thousands to support non-profits in the county.

     For full story see the print or online editions.

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Jasper United Methodist hosts Stop Hunger Now packing party

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By Suellen Reitz

     Packing a lunch in the morning for kids off to school can take time, but we do it because we love our kids and want them to have the best nutrition possible. How much time do you think it would take to pack 10,000 lunches? Would you believe less than an hour and a half? Come see for yourself Saturday, August 22nd at 10 a.m. at Jasper UMC fellowship hall.

Schoolbus driver writes book on bus safety

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     At their August meeting the school board recognized bus driver Arlene Krassa, who has recently published “Andy and Mandy Learn to Ride the School Bus.” The driver both wrote and illustrated the book.
    Pickens Schools Transportation Director Bruce Godfrey called it a “wonderful book” and expressed hopes it will be used across the state.

Miss Georgia Marble celebrates 20 years

Register by August 28. Event September 12.


    Bethany Salem Volunteer Fire Department is excited to announce the 20th annual “Miss Georgia Marble” Beauty Pageant to be held on Saturday, September 12 at the Pickens County High School Auditorium at noon.    
    There will be a “Queen” and two alternates chosen from the usual age divisions. The divisions are as follows: