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Tate in uproar about Post Office hours

“The post office is part of their identity,” says postmaster

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    Jasper Post Master Rick Ballew fields question from upset Tate residents at a public meeting scheduled for discussion of a reduction to the office’s hours. The Tate Post Office is located at the intersection of Highway 53 and Highway 108. 

    Last Wednesday, July 10, dozens of Tate residents attended a public meeting to protest a proposed reduction of hours at the Tate Post Office and were infuriated when the U.S. Post Office representative who called the meeting failed to attend.

 

State law will hamper groups using school facilities

 

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     With vice chairman Byron Long saying, “we don’t have to be happy about it, but we have to do it,” the school board last week adopted a state-required policy making it tougher for groups to use school facilities.

Specifically, the board added the state legislature mandated ordinance that any group seeking to rent school facilities will have to carry a $1 million liability insurance policy. (Above, the new visitor's concession stand at PHS was also discussed at the most recent school board meeting.)

See more about the latest board meeting in our print edition or e-edition now on sale.

 

Conservative groups clash over proposed energy plan

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By Pam O’Dell,

Capitol Reporter

 

 “The type writer, the phone book and the payphone had their day and the businesses that relied upon them either got busy changing or got busy dying." Barry Goldwater Jr. Former United States Representative and Chairman, Tell Utilities Solar Won’t Be Killed (TASK) Arizona

Drowning girl saved by vacationing Pickens teen

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By Laiken Owens
Intern Reporter

    2012 PHS graduate James Jernigan saved a young girl from drowning last Friday, July 5. “It was a pretty wild moment,” he said.
    Jernigan and his family were on vacation at Tybee Island when it happened. Jernigan was swimming with his family when they heard a girl screaming.

See the rest of this story in our print or online editions.

 

What do vacant downtown buildings mean for Jasper?

“Slowly but surely, one business at a time, we can grow it into a thriving downtown,” says local realtor


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    A corner store at the south end of Jasper’s Main Street, former location of Main Street Fitness,

has been sitting empty for over a year now.   

     Since massive renovations in 1998 that sent unsightly utility lines underground and saw the installation of new sidewalks, trees and a top-dressing of fresh pavement, Jasper’s streetscape has remained pretty much the same; but the tapestry of businesses that line those streets has changed dramatically, with some familiar businesses going under or moving out of downtown, leaving several buildings vacant and in need of repair.