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General news and features

20 percent of county property in conservation tax status

Pickens County Seal    According to numbers provided by Pickens County’s Chief Tax Appraiser, over one fifth of all land in Pickens is under a conservation valuation, a state program that gives property owners a tax break in exchange for an agreement to limit land usage to agricultural/forestry production for 10 years.
    Chief appraiser Roy Dobbs said for the 2015 year his office has approved 48 applications for Conservation Use Valuation Assesment (CUVA). Of those, 29 were renewals.

Splishin’ & Splashin’ at the county pool

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Kids enjoying the summer at the county pool, which opened May 26 and will remain open until August 9. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and closed Mondays for cleaning. Admission is $3 for both adults and children, while a family pass for four is $100. Individual summer passes are $30 per person. 

Downtown Alliance asks Jasper to fund transportation study

downtown-aestheticsThe new Downtown Alliance wants to improve Jasper's downtown with organized community planning.
    What would increase tourism in Jasper? How can connectivity be improved in the city? How can Jasper businesses be supported and the quality of downtown be improved? 
    These are questions the new Downtown Alliance, an initiative of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, have been charged with answering.
    The group is only five or six meetings deep but according to members - which include business and property owners in Jasper’s central business district  - excitement is high. Group co-chair Jack Dunn,  owner of Jasper Drug & Gifts,  told council this initiative is a chance to encourage and prepare for growth  and “bring Jasper’s business district to the next level.”    

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Future of “marble building” gets heated


Ralph O. Dennis
Contributing writer

    The 2016 fiscal budget and what to do with the “marble building” were the main topics of discussion at the Nelson city council meeting on June 1, 2015.
    The 2015 budget was presented for the first time and is now available for the citizens to review.