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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.

 

Heightened police presence at schools following incidents

 

Pickens Sheriff Press Release

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Pickens County Georgia, August 21, 2013: The Pickens Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Pickens County Board of Education to increase a law enforcement presence in and around all local schools. In light of the recent shooting incident that occurred in Decatur, Georgia, our office is remaining diligent in protecting our students.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where incidents like this can occur.

 

To assist in relieving the anxiety that many parents may be experiencing, Sheriff’s deputies will have a stronger presence over the coming days. Deputies from other divisions within the office will be assisting School Resource Officers throughout school hours to deter the possibility of any similar acts occurring in Pickens County. In addition, the Georgia State Patrol and the City of Jasper Police Department will be assisting in having a presence at each school within their jurisdictions as well.

Please know that everyone with the Pickens Sheriffs Office, the Jasper Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol, the Pickens County Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools, local school administrators, teachers, and all staff are working very hard to keep our children safe. 

 

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.

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.