In what came as a local business shock, on March 26th Jerry and Freida Stover announced they will close Bargain Barn, one of Jasper’s oldest and largest retailers.
While the Stovers are well within retirement age and plan to retire themselves, they will not sell the business because “it went from very profitable to unprofitable,” Mr. Stover said. Over the last four years, Mr. Stover said in an interview last week that sales lost to online retailers made deep, unsurvivable cuts to their bottom line.
The 2019 Golden RuleYouth and Young Adult Leadership delegation was greeted by Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp on March 28th in his office where members presented him with a small US veteran made wooden cross as a reminder of those serving our great nation and state of Georgia.
Photo from Pickens County Tax Assessor website
The tax value of Jack and Annette Williams’ Firetower Road home has been under dispute since 2011.
Seven years of pre-trial wrangling, well over $100,000 in total court costs and four days in front of a jury last November brought only a slight adjustment in the value of a large Firetower Road home.
And, according to an interview with owners Jack and Annette Williams last week, this story is no where near the end, as the only thing settled last November was the value for the 2011 tax year. The Williams have unsuccessfully appealed the value of their home every year since then to the Board of Equalization (BOE) and with an attorney have pushed their appeal on to the superior court.
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A scene from the Pickens GOP Mass Meeting and Convention held eariler this month that has been ruled invalid by the state and which must now be held again.
At a hearing Sunday, March 17 in Gainesville, the Georgia 9th District GOP declared the Pickens County GOP’s Mass Meeting and Convention void following complaints that it did not follow proper procedure.
As a result of the 9th District GOP’s findings, all executive committee elections held during the Pickens GOP’s Convention on Saturday, March 9 are nullified. A new Mass Meeting and County Convention must be held for the Pickens County Republican Party, but this time the 9th and 14th District GOP committees will run the show (Pickens County is split between those two districts). The Pickens GOP will not be involved in organizing, registration, procedural process, or executive committee elections.
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At last week’s school board meeting, Dr. Robert Keller was recognized for his outstanding school support. The board also discussed upcoming PJHS renovations and a hugely successful breakfast week challenge.
Bids for Phase I renovations at Pickens Junior High School came in nearly a half-million dollars lower than the original budgeted price, with work to begin immediately and be completed by the beginning of next school year.