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Paddlers to brave Etowah on Polar Bear Paddle, Jan. 12

 

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Paddlers make their way through downtown Rome on the Etowah River during last year’s Polar Bear Paddle

 

Dozens of paddlers from across the state are expected to convene Jan. 12 at Dixon Landing on the Etowah River for Rome’s annual Polar Bear Paddle.

The six-mile paddle from Dixon Landing at Grizzard Park to Heritage Park in downtown Rome provides a view of Rome from the river, including encounters with Native American fish weirs and other historic sites.

 Complimentary canoes and kayaks are available while they last. Pre-registration is required. Participants can register online at www.coosa.org or by calling CRBI recreational outreach volunteer Alan Crawford at 706-237-0917 or CRBI at 706-232-2724. There is no cost to participate in the paddle.

Online retailers should be collecting sales tax in Ga.

 

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Beginning December 31, out-of-state retailers who sell merchandise to Georgia residents through commission-based Internet links are legally required to collect state and local sales taxes. The Georgia Retail Association - the trade group representing the state’s retail businesses – said the arrival of “e-fairness” in 2013 would bring a new era of growth to e-commerce.

The new law means that large online retailers – such as Amazon.com – who reach customers through “affiliate” websites based in Georgia, must collect sales tax on their transactions. The change means that Georgia’s retailers are gaining a level playing field with remote sellers, who until this year were not required to collect sales tax.

 

City of Jasper worker wins $100K lottery prize

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ATLANTA – The excitement is overflowing for one city of Jasper worker since plunging into a Georgia Lottery prize in time for the New Year. Terry Howard, who works for the city’s water department, won a $100,000 top prize playing the instant game Jumbo Bucks Bingo.

 

Howard claimed his prize Monday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Dalton.

 

“My girlfriend suggested I get one of them,” said Howard, 47. “I purchased it and scratched it at home.”

 

Chevron Food Mart, located at 850 S. Main St. in Jasper, sold the lucky ticket.

 

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I feel good.”

 

The father of three anticipates adding on to his home and paying off bills with his windfall.

 

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.8 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

 

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

New commission board scoping $1million in cuts

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Commissioner call for expanded audit, see e-edition or this week's Progress.

 

Pickens County Board of Commissioners (l-r) - Jerry Barnes, Chairman Rob Jones and Becky Denney        

     At their first official work session as a board, Pickens County’s new commission members immediately got down to business, vowing to slash the budget by $1 million after new CFO Faye Harvey said earlier this week the county is in dire straits.  

         District Commissioners Becky Denney and Jerry Barnes, as well as commission chair Rob Jones, all said cutting the county’s $19 million budget is a top priority for the upcoming year, and that they plan to change the FY 2013 budget through budget amendments.

“We know what we have to do on our part,” said District 2 Commissioner Becky Denney, who noted that the commissioner’s office would be responsible for $500,000 of those cuts.

         The new commission board also discussed adopting an updated Emergency Management Ordinance, appointments for the Pickens County Board of Assessors and other local boards, caps on the amount the commission chair can spend in emergency situations, road paving, and routine business such as new meeting times.

        

       

Rec. Dept. to host The Dirty Dozen competition

 

Rec. Department to host yearlong competition – for adults

By Laiken Owens

Intern reporter

Beginning in January, the Pickens County Rec. Department will be sponsoring a year-long event, “The Dirty Dozen.” It will be a team competition, with one competition every month. These events will be geared towards the adults of Pickens County and are planned as fun competition.

This is the first time the recreation department has tried something like this – a fun adult program, so the first year may be somewhat of a trial run.

If there aren’t enough teams that sign up, the monthly events will be open for groups to get together and come compete only in the events they choose without needing to field a team for the whole year.

Joe Herman, the interim recreation department director, said he thought this format of set teams competing in very different sports one day each month would be a great way to get people involved in a friendly competition. He said people who dominate the softball events may find themselves outmatched when the soccer month rolls around.