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FY 16 budget, SPLOST, athletics, enrollment numbers all tackled at massive school board meeting

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     Both property and sales taxes were tackled by the school board in a mammoth meeting Thursday lasting four hours.
    The Pickens Board of Education (BOE) approved a tentative budget that will hold property taxes flat for the next year, with a millage rate of 16.1. This is the same tax rate used since 2012.

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

 

Longtable moves to airport

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     Does anyone remember when flying was elegant and fun?
    The Long Table 2015 plans to recreate that bygone adventure on October 17th at Pickens County Airport. 
    Known for its elegant atmosphere, fantastic food and unique venues, The Long Table has raised the bar  again. 
    As revelers recreate the days of elegant flight, this year the table will be set right on the runway. 
    Envision open-air gourmet dining, mountain vistas, and the allure of flight.  Imagine dancing under the stars to the modern eight piece Emerald Empire Band which will set the tone with the ballards of Frank Sinatra to today’s most current hits.  Another magical night to remember.

Schoolbus driver writes book on bus safety

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     At their August meeting the school board recognized bus driver Arlene Krassa, who has recently published “Andy and Mandy Learn to Ride the School Bus.” The driver both wrote and illustrated the book.
    Pickens Schools Transportation Director Bruce Godfrey called it a “wonderful book” and expressed hopes it will be used across the state.

JeepFest getting ready to roll in Marble Hill

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      More than 200 loads of dirt have been brought into the new site of Sheriff’s JeepFest in Marble Hill to make the obstacle course for the September 4-6 event. Coming still are loads of marble scraps courtesy of Imerys that will be turned into stacks for the registered Jeeps to crawl over, before heading to trails, also in the vicinity of Highway 53.

‘Big eared’ burglar hits Community Thrift Store

     Be on the lookout for a man with “noticeably big ears.” He is suspected of stealing laptops and a safe containing cash from the Community Thrift Store in an overnight burglary in early August.
    Lt. April Killian, the head of the sheriff’s office criminal investigations, said it was originally reported as two overnight break-ins at the Thrift Store, which donates thousands to support non-profits in the county.

     For full story see the print or online editions.

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