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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
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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.

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“Big push” turns up no clues for missing man

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    More than 110 trained volunteers covered 800 acres in a “big push” to find a missing 79-year-old Preserve hiker Saturday.

        One person described the area inside and around the gated Preserve at Sharp Mountain subdivision as “just searched to death.”
    And still not one clue to the whereabouts of Ben Thebaut, a 79-year-old retired surgeon who left his home on October 16 to go hiking and has not been seen since.

Grading could begin at Dollar General site this week

UPDATED November 2 -- Grading equipment is on site and erosion control work being performed ahead of grading.

 

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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. 

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R.I.P. Water park not coming

Also, Jasper DDA hears updates on Port Royal, bathroom building for downtown, water fears from mayor

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     Members of the Jasper Downtown Development Authority appeared to drive the final stake into years of speculation that a large water park resort was eyeing a spot along Highway 515.
    During their meeting Thursday, authority member Chuck Payne said he wanted to hear an update on the Port Royal project, which began in the spring of 2013 with a proposal for a $130 million project that would include a 400-room hotel and a waterslide park located on the fourlane.
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