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Mayor, council seats up for election in November

    Ten offices are up for grabs in local elections later this year, including seats currently held by Jasper Mayor John Weaver and Talking Rock Mayor Carol Opdenhoff.
     In addition to the two mayoral seats, three council seats are up for election in Nelson, three in Jasper and two in Talking Rock. 

JeepFest getting ready to roll in Marble Hill

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      More than 200 loads of dirt have been brought into the new site of Sheriff’s JeepFest in Marble Hill to make the obstacle course for the September 4-6 event. Coming still are loads of marble scraps courtesy of Imerys that will be turned into stacks for the registered Jeeps to crawl over, before heading to trails, also in the vicinity of Highway 53.

Armed robbery at Jasper Save-A-Lot

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 Jasper Police and the GBI  are investigating an armed robbery at the Save-A-Lot Thursday night about 10 p.m. after the store had closed. 

   Employees said two white males with hoodies hiding their faces approached the store when a single employee was closing. One smashed the front door with a baseball bat and both entered. One was armed with a handgun.

   They took only cash and fled on foot.

   A full contingent of police, sheriff’s officials and GBI investigators have all been on the scene over night.

One arrest was made by the officers working this case. But, Sgt. Matt Dawkins with the Jasper Police said, “This arrest was not connected to the store robbery." He said he was not releasing details on that arrest as the investigation is still underway.

   Save-A-Lot Manager Donnie Copeland said the employee who was closing was extremely shaken up, but not injured. The store was closed mid-morning Friday as investigators continue to work inside, including taking shoe prints.

   “Nothing like this has ever happened here,” he said. “The worst thing we have ever had was the Coke machines being broken into.”

Audit shows big strides in Pickens finances


     Pickens County commissioners got a solid report from their auditing firm last week with news that revenue has increased while county spending was cut in 2014.
    In 2014, total General Fund revenues were $21,575,826 and total expenditures were $19,919,408, according to the audit.

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$20 million price tag projected to replace Jasper Middle School


By Eileen Steinhauer
Contributing writer

    Twenty million dollars is the approximate amount needed to build a new school to replace Jasper Middle School, according to discussion at last week’s called board of education meeting.

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