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4-H program to be seriously impacted by cuts

Rep. Jasperse calls BOE plans to cut funding “short sighted”

 

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If the school board cuts funding to the Pickens County 4-H as they have indicated at recent budget workshops, programs offered to students will be “seriously impacted,” according to the 4-H manager. 

“That’s what’s been proposed, cutting us,” said Pickens County 4-H Manager Clarcy Kirby. “Until we get the tax digest the school board can’t make the final decision, but the school is funding 50 percent of our program assistant position and benefits for that position, so if the cuts go through that will go down to a part-time position.”  

 

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No foul play suspected in death of Mineral Springs man

 

 

Jasper police officers found the body of a 69-year-old Mineral Springs Road resident in his home Sunday after relatives from out of the area called with concerns that they had not been able to get in touch with him.

 

Police Chief Greg Lovell said Monday they had sent the body to the crime lab as a standard procedure, but officers feel confident it was a medical condition that killed James Wall.

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School Superintendent Desper announces retirement

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[UPDATED: The school board held a called meeting Thursday. Following a lengthy executive session, it was announced that their attorney would handle details involved in finding an interim-superintendent who could quickly assume the top position in the system and the board would begin planning a search for a permanent replacement.]

 

In an e-mail to school board members yesterday, Superintendent Ben Desper announced his retirement, effective at the end of June.

            He was wrapping up his second year serving as the superintendent for Pickens schools (see Progress story when he was hired). His contract had been extended for several additional years last year.

            School board chair Wendy Lowe confirmed that the superintendent had announced his retirement in a brief interview Wednesday. She said it did not come as a complete surprise to board members but there were issues that will be discussed in a meeting later this week.

            Lowe said the board will need to decide how to proceed but she anticipated they would follow the same procedure as when Desper was hired – to first name an interim and then conduct a search for a replacement.

 

            With the budget not finalized for this year, Lowe said it is important to have someone in the office to keep things moving, but she noted that with an experienced finance director, they shouldn’t have any added difficulties wrapping up the budget process.

 

 

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Ga. gas prices up; national average down

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Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 3.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.48/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. 

 

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 9.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 11.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 16.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands  unchanged compared to this day one year ago. 

 

"Memorial Day weekend is now over, and believe it or not, many areas saw gasoline prices declining ahead of the long weekend," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "The U.S. national average dropped nearly three cents per gallon in the last week, while some areas saw an even bigger decline. The best news for motorists is that June typically brings some relief at the pump compared to where prices peaked in May, so for many areas across the country, prices will likely continue to decline," DeHaan said.

 

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