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House passes Rep. Graves bill to fund essential Capitol operations, freeze member pay

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Legislation Makes Family-Friendly Improvements to the Capitol Complex

Washington, D.C. – The House today passed the fiscal year 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act (H.R. 5325), which was authored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) who is chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee on Appropriations. The bill provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance.
“The main focus of this legislation is to preserve the beauty, enhance the security and improve the institutions of the United States Capitol complex. Using a zero-based budgeting approach, in which each agency of the Legislative Branch was forced to justify its budget request from scratch, I’m pleased to report that we have accomplished our mission in a way that respects taxpayers,” Chairman Graves said.

UPDATED: Attorney Mark Miller jailed for contempt of court

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 Mark Miller responds to arrest in this week's edition, available now.

     Jasper attorney Mark Miller has been arrested on criminal and civil contempt of court charges in Gilmer County for failure to appear at a May 27 hearing and for failing to respond to a court ordered discovery.

         Miller is well known locally for his criticism/commentary of the school system and county taxes.  

         According to the Order of Contempt, filed on June 6 in Gilmer County, Miller has been sentenced to serve 10 days in the Gilmer County Jail and will not be released until he responds to the discovery. He was booked on Tuesday, June 7.

Book-in from Gilmer County.

Smoking Ban proposed for Roper Park

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    Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em?
    Not if the Pickens County Recreation Advisory Board gets their wish – a total ban of smoking at Roper Park facilities that would include the entire 40-plus acres of baseball fields, tracks, parking lots, the community center and the new Boys & Girls Club facility.

See full story in this week's online or print editions.

Remembering the Punching Poet, February, 1971

Local writer/filmmaker recalls a day with the Champ
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    Muhammad Ali shoots a commercial for Vitalis Hair Tonic, at Miami Beach's 5th Street Gym. The boxing great was in training for his upcoming 1971 title fight with Joe Frazier.   The author is on the ladder holding a microphone.

 

By Dan Chandler Huth
    Spring had come to Miami Beach.  The air was balmier, the breezes softer, the Cadillacs from New York were replaced by Buicks from Michigan.
    Trudge up a narrow stairway to the Dundee’s Fifth Street Gym and you emerged to the sound of leather hitting canvas and the pungent smell of decades of sweat. Boxers of all sizes, speeds and colors were hard at work in every corner.

Purdy appointed as PHS principal

 

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     Press Release from the Pickens County School System - The Pickens County School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Purdy as Principal of Pickens High School. Mr. Purdy served as Principal of Jasper Middle School since 2014.
     Mr. Purdy is a native of Rome, GA. He earned a Bachelor’s in English Education from Piedmont College and a Master’s of Health Science from the University of Alabama. Prior to being the Principal of Jasper Middle School, he