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Bargain Barn owner discusses closure after more than 50 years



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.

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528 players enjoy Opening Day sun

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Robin Dunn / Photo

Staff reports


The spring baseball/softball and t-ball season got off to a great start Saturday as beautiful sunny weather, a rarity this year, shone down and teams were able to get all their games in following the ceremony. “We were very happy with the day,” said Parks Director Brian Jones. “The weather was great. It’s been unusual in the fact that we had continuous rain during the first part of March. The week leading up to opening day we had seven straight days of sunshine. That was a God-send. Everybody got to practice that week.” 

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Seven-year tax battle to continue

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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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Cove Road closed by landslide



Workers at dusk Tuesday clear Cove Road of debris in the S-curves. The debris covered the concrete barriers put up after a similar slide several years ago. No word of the time the road will remain closed was available Wednesday morning. Safety concerns more than debris removal was forcing city of Jasper officials to require motorists use detours through Grandview Road. Just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon the City of Jasper made the following statement on their Facebook page: "City Officials have met with a Geostabilization Engineer this morning to conduct a preliminary assessment of the situation on Cove Road.

The engineer will be conferring with their counterparts to provide an evaluation to City Officials so that a determination can be made on what measures to take to mitigate further issues that could occur. The unknown elements of the situation necessitates that the road remain closed until further notice."