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Blue law overturned by Jasper council

Beginning this Sunday, package sales allowed in city


sundaysalestrouts    Above, Trouts Wine Manager Weldon Hooley at the package store on W. Church Street in Jasper. Trouts is one of many stores within the city limits that will begin selling by the package this Sunday. 

     Following narrow approval by Jasper City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 4, businesses within the city limits of Jasper will be able to sell alcohol by the package beginning this Sunday.

     Approval followed a second reading of the amended city ordinance, and passed with a 2-3 vote. Council members Tony Fountain and John Foust voted against the motion to approve Sunday package sales.

     Alcoholic beverages can now be sold by the package from 12:30 p.m. until midnight on Sunday within city limits. Any business with a current beer and wine license in the city of Jasper will be able to begin selling this Sunday with no change to their current license, but beginning in 2013 the city will change their licensing procedure.

     Council will discuss the cost of the new license at an upcoming budget meeting, expected to happen in the fall of this year.

     Voters in the City of Jasper approved Sunday package in the July 31 primaries.

Anger over proposed 9 percent tax increase grows


After being pressed and berated by more than 50 citizens for two hours Friday in the final hearing on a proposed 9-percent property tax increase, Commissioner Rob Jones agreed to give the budget one more look before making it official. Above, Commissioner Rob Jones presents finer points of the budget to a crowded meeting last Friday.
Jones told the crowded mid-morning gathering of citizens angry over the higher tax rate that there is little left to cut, “but we’ll go back and see what we can do.”

The citizens in attendance had a lot to say, including calling for a 20 percent cut in all county department spending. See the rest of the this story in our print and e-edition now on sale.


Also in our print and e-editions: Final chance for cuts not encouraging, says Jones


See previous story from our August 30 edition, Tax Hike Too Much, citizens tell commissioner

Sheriff's Office goes hi-tech

     Submit tips, view localized crime report map


     Have you ever wondered how safe your neighborhood really is? Or would you like the option of giving police tips on your Android or iPhone?

     Now that the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with and, Pickens residents can do just that by accessing free crime reports for their area or by submitting anonymous tips through their mobile devices.

     CrimeReports provides official sex offender information, crime events and incident information for Pickens County and surrounding areas.

     “Providing reliable, timely information to our citizens is one of our top priorities, because an informed public is a safer public,” says Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig. “Partnering with CrimeReports gives us the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community.”

     By downloading the free iPhone app you can filter crimes by location, address, crime type and date, and view them on an easy to read map that displays a different colorful icon for each crime. Registered sex offenders are also displayed on the map.

     Click on the icons to find details about each crime, including the date and charge.

     For information or for the free app download visit Using your smart-phone, scan the QR Code on the page to be directed to the app store.

     Citizens without a mobile device can access the map on the sheriff’s website as well.

     Tip Submit mobile is an app that allows citizens to submit anonymous tips to the sherriff’s office with the convenience of a mobile app.

iPhone, iPad, and Android users can download the free app from app stores. Just search TipSubmit, download and install. Then select Pickens County Sheriff’s Office as the agency and set your password.

     The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 706-253-8900.

Grandview to be lowered for work, monitoring


   With state dam officials on hand, members of the Grandview Lake Company opened a single 8-inch valve Tuesday morning, starting a gradual lowering of the scenic lake.

   Peter Wilcox, president of the Grandview Lake Company, said they will lower the water level about 8 feet to allow more detailed monitoring of the earthen dam built in 1946.


See details on the work in our print edition and e-editions now on sale

Deadline draws close for local writing contest



The Sassafras Literary Exchange’s Adult Writing Contest has been extended through September 15.  Be sure to enter before the deadline! Winners will be announced at the Pickens County Marble Festival the first weekend in October.  Entries of 1,500 words or less of Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Poetry submitted by applicants 18 years old or older will be accepted.

The theme of this year’s contest is: “Marble through the Ages”.  Submissions should mention marble and its history, influence, or use during any time period; past, present, or future.   Creativity is greatly appreciated and valued by the judges.  Use your imagination as any mention of marble will qualify.

The date, time, and place for the announcement of the winners will be given in the Pickens County Progress near the end of the contest.