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Statement from Pickens Sheriff Office
The Pickens Sheriff’s Office is working hard to keep our community and schools safe.
Due to the recent tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, Sheriff Donnie Craig wanted to assure everyone
that the Pickens Sheriff’s Office is continuing to prepare for what we hope that we never have to experience. “It is unthinkable that violence of this type can occur in our schools, but sadly it does.” Craig stated. Sheriff Craig continued to state, “For years we have all heard and even believed that an event like this could not happen in our town. Unfortunately, we now know it can.”
Christmas trees, overloaded plugs prime source of blazes
To see firsthand how quickly a tree can erupt, click on the photo of follow this link to see a safety video from the Fire Kills campaign on YouTube.
REPOSTED FROM CHRISTMAS 2012 Jasper Fire Chief Steve Roper said of any calls he hates, home fires during the holidays rank at the top – especially if there are kids involved.
Even if no one is hurt and the house isn’t seriously damaged, seeing families lose their holiday presents, and be forced to find somewhere else to stay at Christmas is hard. “The kids just don’t understand how their Christmas is suddenly over,” the fire chief said.
Front: Casey Stanfield, Debbie Qualls, Elaine Painter, Sheila Bryant, Cay Roland; middle: Sherry Ray - MGR, Dolores Stewart, Debbie Hubbard, Judy Bryant, Sylvia Benson, Cathy Roland, Cindy Qualls, Patricia Kelley - MGR; back: Head Coach Roy Cowart, Nina Stancil, Linda McAfee, Mary Ann Wigington, Jan Thomason, Sandra Haygood, Asst. Coach Ronnie Byers.
Across from the Jasper Drug Store, on the corner of Main Street, sits a monument dedicated to arguably the most memorable team to ever play sports in Pickens County. The 1973-74 State Championship Girls Basketball Team has always evoked pride from local residents and the bar that they set has not been achieved since. Head Basketball Coach Roy Cowart was in his 5th season at the helm of the Dragonettes and he knew that the girls that made up his squad had a lot of potential. “I originally thought that the ’72-73 team had the best chance at succeeding at the state tournament, and when I saw this team I knew we would and could win the region at the very least. They had a lot of chemistry!”
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Average to above average turnout despite down economy
Daisy Boutique owner Peggy Rabin wraps a present at her downtown store. Statewide, retailers expect to see a slight increase in Christmas shopping this year.
Local retailers are reporting healthy sales during the post-Thanksgiving shopping period and that’s good news for Pickens stores who, like others across the state, often make a large percentage of their annual sales during the Christmas shopping season.
According to the Georgia Retail Association, holiday sales in December are expected to increase between 3 and 4 percent this year and local store owners and managers say they have been pleased with traffic in their shops so far.
The commissioner will convene a public hearing this Thursday at 4 p.m. to hear discussion about the county’s proposed 2013 budget with county finances being a touchy subject for the past months.
If approved at a meeting already set for Dec. 20th, the county’s FY 2013 budget of $19.9 million will increase by $483,837, or 2.48 percent, over FY 2012. The largest increases, according to figures released by the new financial director Faye Harvey, come from judicial administration, mental health court, accounting, recreation centers and administration, and animal control categories. Many of these increases, Harvey said, are due to insufficient budget numbers from previous years and grants, specifically in the judicial department.
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