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Taxpayer appeals after being upset by appriaser's comments

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     Citing an October 2012 Progress article where the Board of Tax Assessors signed off on approximately 300 property value appeals, local resident James Atkins told current board members at their meeting Thursday that comments from the chief tax appraiser and board members back in October prompted him to appeal the value on his home.

 

78-year-old woman charged for killing bear accidentally

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    Mitch Yeargin, a DNR wildlife ranger, explains the use of a paintball gun to scare bears away from homes. Yeargin said this is one of the worst summers he can remember for bear calls. The DNR ranger said he had three more bears calls to respond to Tuesday after leaving the Progress where he discussed a problem bear with a newspaper employee. Yeargin theorized that there must not be much natural forage for the bears this year.

     Pickens resident Judy Gardner said the citation the Georgia DNR issued her for illegally hunting out of season is completely unfounded, and that

 

22-month old bounces back after lawnmower accident

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    22-month-old Hendrix Rock was up and running around the Progress office Friday.

    The 22-month-old reported injured in the lawnmower crash last week, visited the Progress Friday and by all accounts had plenty of energy running around our lobby.
    Hendrix Rock, 22 months, suffered a bruised lung and minor head injuries when the lawnmower where he was riding in his father’s lap rolled after going over an embankment July 15.

Lightning damages airport runway

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Photo/ Damon Howell

Engineer Phil Eberly, an aviation program manager, measures the crack from a lightning strike that damaged the edge of the runway at the Pickens County airport Wednesday night. The lightning damage, covered a 12-feet-long area,  and was near the edge of the runway so planes were still able to land and takeoff on Thursday.

An airport employee said they picked up chunks of asphalt hundreds of feet away.

Nearby electrical outlets were also blown out.

School board to hold called meeting

The Pickens County Board of education will conduct a called meeting which will include several policies issues, executive session, and personnel recommendations, followed by a finance workshop Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

This meeting will be held at the Board Conference Center on D.B. Carroll Street. The public is invited to attend.