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Georgia. law on seized assets one of the worst in nation?


By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter

    Liberals and conservatives have allied themselves to fight for significant changes in Georgia’s civil forfeiture law. These laws stipulate the circumstances and procedures required when law enforcement officers and district attorneys confiscate property related to a crime.

2014 cuts will impact schools


     “It’s like juggling chainsaws,” Superintendent Ben Desper said of the upcoming  FY 2014 budget process for local schools in an interview last week.
    With the school board and administration opening the budget process for next year with a finance workshop on February 26th, Superintendent Desper and Chief Financial Officer Amy Burgess said they are looking at the toughest year either has seen “trying to make all the pieces fit,” according to Desper.
    Burgess said there is no way they are going to satisfy all parents, students and employees in the face of continued rising costs and falling revenue. This is the first year where parents will likely see firsthand the results of budget cuts when students report for school next year. In fact parents are already seeing this at the high school where the request for an additional soccer coach to handle a high player turn-out was denied.

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Bojangles manager recovering after wreck

From building classrooms to building an orphanage, community shows outpouring

of support for man who helps others


    After a week delivering Christmas presents to an orphanage, Jasper Bojangles Manager Derek Key and his father were traveling through the Dominican Republic on their way home to the U.S. when a man driving a scooter without headlights pulled out in front of them.    

Dog rescued from cheese ball jug later put down


    Even though this dog was rescued from the stuck cheese ball container, it had to be destroyed later due to aggressiveness.

Neighbors around Collins Road north of Jasper were surprised to see a large, male dog with a big jug stuck on his head walking around their streets last week.        
    City of Jasper Animal Control Officer Lonnie Waters was called in to help county animal control rescue the Rottweiler/Shepherd mix dog whose hunger got him into a mess when he got his head stuck inside a plastic jug that previously housed orange cheese balls.


Local Filmmaker hits the ground running

Video for country music star, moves Shane Godfrey's work  to national audience




A one-man film crew, Shane Godfrey at work. He does all the filming himself and edits on his kitchen table. His first music video was considered CMT quality.

Filmmakers and artists are expected to toil undiscovered for years before they catch a big break.

   For Pickens County’s Shane Godfrey, a former grader, pipeline contractor and a current reserve deputy, his emergence to a national audience came quickly with a country music video this winter.