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Tax digest drops 1.3%

Values down $48M  from previous year
See the print or online edition to see proposed millage rate changes from the school board and county board of commissioners 

pickensseal      As members of the school board and county and city elected officials set millage rates to fund their upcoming budgets, they will be working with nearly $50 million less in taxable property this year than the previous year.

 

Serving preppers, vets, and everyday Joes

From gas masks to zombie supplies at X Military Stuff
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    X Military Stuff owner Joe Kirk makes an effort to offer a varied assortment of military surplus items at his Jasper store. 

     The camel-colored building at the intersection of Depot Street and East Church Street is quiet and unassuming, so much so that passersby may not notice it now houses the military surplus store X-Military Stuff.
    The only signs are a modest banner hanging in the window and a small multi-colored display discreetly flashing “OPEN.”

Affordable Care Act Overview

A look at the implementation of the new healthcare policies in Georgia
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By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter
    On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Commonly known as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA).  Accompanied by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, the law represents a significant government expansion and reorganization of the American health care system.    

 

Accelerated Reader program dropped at schools

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     The Pickens school system dropped Accelerated Reader, a program designed to assess a student’s reading comprehension level, at the beginning of the academic year, citing a “significant increase in the cost for the subscription” of the product.
    The move was met with dismay from some parents and teachers who liked the program that measured comprehension in their students while others see the move away from AR as positive.

Plenty of bears roaming Jasper streets

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This bear was caught off Navaho Trail in Jasper last week. Just a few days later a different bear was seen on the same road.

     “You can’t accuse every bear of being aggressive or getting too close,” said City of Jasper Animal Control Officer Lonnie Waters, explaining why one bear was trapped recently and others continue “growling and prowling and sniffing the air.”
    Maybe the bears here aren’t really growling as the song says Smokey does to spot forest fires, but it’s hard to rhyme with turning over garbage cans and startling people – the main activities of bears in Jasper.

See the print or online edition for comments about local bear sightings and a map of bear sightings in the city limits.