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With vice chairman Byron Long saying, “we don’t have to be happy about it, but we have to do it,” the school board last week adopted a state-required policy making it tougher for groups to use school facilities.
Specifically, the board added the state legislature mandated ordinance that any group seeking to rent school facilities will have to carry a $1 million liability insurance policy. (Above, the new visitor's concession stand at PHS was also discussed at the most recent school board meeting.)
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By Pam O’Dell,
“The type writer, the phone book and the payphone had their day and the businesses that relied upon them either got busy changing or got busy dying." Barry Goldwater Jr. Former United States Representative and Chairman, Tell Utilities Solar Won’t Be Killed (TASK) Arizona
By Laiken Owens
2012 PHS graduate James Jernigan saved a young girl from drowning last Friday, July 5. “It was a pretty wild moment,” he said.
Jernigan and his family were on vacation at Tybee Island when it happened. Jernigan was swimming with his family when they heard a girl screaming.
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“Slowly but surely, one business at a time, we can grow it into a thriving downtown,” says local realtor
A corner store at the south end of Jasper’s Main Street, former location of Main Street Fitness,
has been sitting empty for over a year now.
Since massive renovations in 1998 that sent unsightly utility lines underground and saw the installation of new sidewalks, trees and a top-dressing of fresh pavement, Jasper’s streetscape has remained pretty much the same; but the tapestry of businesses that line those streets has changed dramatically, with some familiar businesses going under or moving out of downtown, leaving several buildings vacant and in need of repair.
While the commission board wants to have everything on the exterior of the courthouse completed in time for July 4th festivities, rain has hampered paving.
After nearly a year-and-a-half of heavy equipment, torn up pavement and piles of dirt and construction materials marring up Jasper’s Main Street, the SPLOST-funded Pickens County Courthouse project is coming in for the home stretch with the grand opening to be held sometime in August.