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Dixie Swim Club continues run at Tater Patch Theater

 

From review in last week’s print edition: This play is hilarious. The dialog is terse and witty, and the casts’ pace and delivery is impeccable. Audience members kept up a near constant chuckle punctuated by deep belly laughs. Also, don’t be fooled by the all female cast; this is no chick flick transported to the stage. The perspective is feminine, but the themes are universal. And, the poignant moments are presented without sentimentality. This production of The Dixie Swim Club is thoroughly enjoyable. There will be performances over the coming two weekends for you to judge for yourselves.

If you are going:

There is one Sunday matinee remaining at 2 on Feb. 19.  The other shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25. All performances are at the Tater Patch Players Theater at 95 Philadelphia Lane, which is off Old Philadelphia Road near Wal-Mart. The ticket prices are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (age 60 and over) and $13 for students. Reserved seat tickets are on sale now on the group’s website at www.taterpatchplayers.org. Seats will also be available starting an hour before show time at the box office. This year, group rates are being offered for parties of 20 or more.  Check the website or call the theater at 706-253-2800 to get more information.

Gov. Deal: January revenues up

taxrevenueThe state of Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of January 2012 totaled $1.57 billion, an increase of $11 million or 0.7 percent compared to January 2011. Through seven months of FY2012, net revenue collections totaled $9.8 billion year-to-date, an increase of $420 million or 4.5 percent compared to the same YTD period last year.

The following changes within the various tax categories contributed to the net revenue increase in January:
 
Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections for January 2012 totaled $881.5 million, up from $866 million in January 2011, for an increase of $15.5 million or 1.8 percent.

The following notable components within Individual Income Tax account for the increase:

•      Individual Income Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) were down $(22.5) million or -28.7 percent

•      Individual Withholding payments were up $37 million or 5.1 percent over last year

•      Individual Tax Return payments were up $19 million compared to last January

•      Individual Income Tax Estimated payments were down $(63) million or -28.9 percent

Sales and Use Tax: Net Sales and Use Tax collections for January 2012 totaled $519 million, up from $503 million in January 2011, for an increase of $16 million or 3.2 percent. Gross Sales Tax collections were up $43.5 million over the previous year with a total of $978.5 million for the month. The monthly Sales Tax Distribution to local governments totaled $456 million, which was an increase of $33 million or 7.8 percent over last year.

Corporate Income Tax: A couple of large Corporate Income Tax refunds resulted in very low net Corporate Tax revenue as January 2012 dipped $(24.5) million or -90.5 percent, down from $27 million in January 2011.

The following notable components within Corporate Income Tax make up the decrease: 

•      Corporate Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) were up $(33.5) million over last year

•      Corporate Income Tax Return payments were up $20 million compared to last January

•      Corporate Estimated Tax and S-Corp Tax payments were down a combined $(11) million

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Optimist Club presents 2012 STAR Students and Teachers

star-studentsThe Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 23. The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at Chattahoochee College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper. Anyone interested in attending the banquet should contact Reservation Coordinator Rodney Buckingham by e-mailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Banquet tickets are $22 per person and the dinner will be catered by the Woodbridge Inn.

Rick Jasperse, Georgia House of Representatives District 12, will be the guest speaker.

This year the Optimists will recognize the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with 9 STAR finalists. Each student and teacher was given a questionnaire, and below you will find responses from each of this year’s STARS.

The STAR Student for this year is Reuben Burnley and the STAR Teacher is Mr. Patrick Gallagher.

Synthetic drugs not fake

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“Ever see anyone smoke tobacco in a pipe like this?" Deputy Jim Van Alstine asks. Pipes like this and some other convenience store products are more likely used for illegal drugs, the deputy said.

Products sold legally in convenience stores more dangerous than real drugs, says drug expert

In January, a Pickens County  deputy responded to a medical call from a group of four teens in Pickens County.

Based on the officer’s reports as discussed by Sheriff Donnie Craig last week, one of the teens had passed out, and another panicked and called an ambulance. When the deputy arrived, three of the teens were lethargic with headaches and vomiting. The one who had passed out had come to but was still suffering health issues. One of the group had left and was trying to push a motorcycle down a busy road. He later told a deputy he had been too impaired to ride.

All four teens were taken to the hospital.

They told the deputy they had been smoking Mad Hatter.

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deerprotestDeer kill protested – With bright red signs that read “Please Help Us Stop the Slaughter,” Bent Tree residents recently protested the deer kill slated to happen later this month. Page 3A.

Financial troubles threaten Air Force career – Airiel Green says a defaulted student loan and bankruptcy linked to an abusive past marriage may keep her from getting security clearance in the Air Force, which would make her lose her GI Bill and leave her with no funding for school. Page 6A.

Restaurant scores - Want to know how your favorite restaurant fared in cleanliness and sanitary food preparation? Check out the restaurant scores found in this week's edition.

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