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Path unclear for senior tax exemption proposal


       Seniors for Change leader Charlotte Williamson says they will not settle for watered-down proposals. The group seeks a “meaningful” change for exemptions.


By the end of the third and final meeting hosted by Seniors for Change Thursday, it appeared those calling for increased school tax exemptions were gaining ground but with a convoluted, confusing path ahead.

Seniors for Change spokesperson Charlotte Williamson responded that she herself was a “bit confused” about the process of taking a groundswell of support and really achieving lower property taxes for those over 62 years old.

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Not just clowning around

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     Several firefighters from Jasper and one from the county pull out all the stops (and colorful wigs) to teach about fire safety. Firefighters recently visited the Burnt Mountain Center, a non-profit that serves developmentally disabled adults. Jasper fire chief Steve Roper said the clown crew loves visiting the center “because they enjoy the show so much.” For the last five years, city and county firefighters have visited every school in the county to teach about fire safety in the home with fun skits.

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It “bee”gins – Bee keepers gear up for 2018 honey season

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Talking Rock Honey Bee Farm beekeeper Sean Cook checking his hives. 


The first flush of spring is here, and along with it waves of color from blossoms of the dandelion, the dogwood tree, wisteria, and honeysuckle. Not only is this display of new life exhilarating for people tired of the cold, barren winter, it’s exhilarating for honey bees and the keepers who keep them. 

Progress writer Larry Cavender publishes fiery political book

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    The cover of Cavender's new book depicts an upturned world in the center with flames encroaching upon the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the American Flag. The book is written from the perspective of an average, everyday, middle class American, or "forgotten man."

     In our nation, where once scholars roamed the halls of academia, we now have socialists, anarchists, and even avowed terrorists donning professor's robes. In our nation, where people were once innocent until proven guilty, they are now found to be guilty, despite their innocence, by the prosecutorial

Another meth bust dents local supply

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     An early morning raid March 28 on two Burgess Road West homes, led to the arrest of one man on trafficking charges. Agents from the drug task force (DTF), along with agents from the Pickens Sheriff’s office and Cherokee SWAT team seized methamphetamine, marijuana, firearms and cash during the execution of the search warrants at both homes.

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