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Pickens County, show us your Irish

SAA to host St. Patty's Day costume contest for kids
A portion of proceeds will go to Pickens Animal Shelter

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Submitted by Linda Barnes
Sharptop Arts Publicity
    St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated Saturday, March 15, from 10-to noon at Sharptop Arts Association, 68 D.B. Carroll St., Jasper, just around the corner from Stearns Bank. This celebration promises to bring The Luck of the Irish to all who participate so get your O’fficial Participation Form in early and be ready to dance a jig on
 D.B. Carroll Street!

Bill seeks to limit public mug shots

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By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter
    State Representative Bruce Strickland (R-McDonough) authored HB845 in an attempt to restrict access to arrest booking photos. Should the bill become law, it would allow an exception within Georgia’s “Open Records Act,”

Pickens’ working parents rely mostly on family for emergency childcare

HarmonySchoolsign    Harmony Academy owner Mary Murphy said they were open every day during last week’s winter weather, but that drop-ins dropped off to zero on the snowiest days.

    Snow days are really fun for kids….but maddening for parents who are left finding alternative childcare methods – which sometimes means missing work or toting bored children to the office.

Warmer temps a sign of spring to come

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 Like bears coming out of hibernation, warm temperatures on Tuesday brought people out of their homes and offices to enjoy the sunshine. Walkers, runners, and these Ultimate Frisbee players were seen at Lee Newton Park just after lunch. Temperatures are expected to remain just below or above

60 degrees through the weekend.

Jasper’s GPS units to increase accountability

Mayor says technology also will decrease fuel consumption

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   City Hall is watching. With a new GPS system, Jasper employees like Tara Benson can pinpoint where any of their vehicles are located. The system also keeps a log of vehicles’ travels and speed.

 

     According to Jasper Mayor John Weaver, a GPS tracking system being installed on the City of Jasper’s 73 tagged vehicles will not only reduce fuel costs and excessive mileage, but will also help prevent wear and tear and increase employee accountability.