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Food Stamp benefits to be reduced on November 1

Congress’ failure to pass a Farm Bill leaves recipients with no benefits after Oct. 31

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By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter

    Halloween may be a lot scarier for the 20 percent of Georgians who experience food insecurity.
    A Nov. 1 reduction in benefits, and the uncertainty as to whether the federally funded program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be funded at all beyond October, is frightening prospect to low income people and those that serve them.

 

Newspapers are still the cornerstone of democracy

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National Newspaper Week is Oct. 6 - Oct. 12

By Caroline H. Little
President and CEO,
Newspaper Association of America

    We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now.
    It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming rather than dying. Of course, there are always bumps in the road to innovation, but as it turns out, we’re actually in the midst of a promising and exciting time.

 

Record-breaking crowd at Marble Festival

Attendance up 50 percent since 2007, says director

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    The house was packed for the Saturday evening performance by the Lonesome River Band. GrassBackardz and Thomas Fountain also performed on Saturday, as well as contestants who entered the Georgia State Bluegrass Championship on both Saturday and Sunday. Flatline took home $1,000 for best bluegrass band.
    According to Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Denise Duncan, this year’s Georgia Marble Festival was the best to-date with record-breaking crowds exceeding 10,000.

 

Teachable moment found in a bag of chips

JES holds mock trial over Fourth Amendment rights

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    Jasper Elementary School students in Courtroom A of the Pickens County Courthouse. Students in Mrs. Darlene Crenshaw’s class took part in a mock trial while other JES 5th graders looked on.
   

“My client, Clay Shoffer, has been wronged,” said the Jasper Elementary School 5th grade student who acted as council for another student who alleged his teacher, Mrs. Crenshaw, violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

Main Street goes ballistic

Not intended for Armageddon, but new business can accommodate

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    Protective Structure’s owners and operators (l to r) Carrie Schlosser, Rachel McClain and Shelley Hill. The female business partners are pictured inside one of their on-site storm shelter displays.


    When I walked into Protective Structures, the newest addition to Jasper’s artillery of Main Street businesses, I didn’t imagine an interview about storm shelters and bulletproof materials would get emotional.
    But there was a lot about the interview I hadn’t expected.
    I wandered in out of sheer curiosity --- for weeks I had driven by the new sign advertising “Bullet and Storm Resistant Systems & Materials.” The thought of an emergency preparedness shop on a small-town’s Main Street was so unorthodox I couldn’t resist.