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17 cases of tax fraud this year in Pickens

    Tax refund theft a new trend in identity crimes

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     Left, Danny Fink, a former New York City firefighter, was the victim of tax refund fraud.

     This year when Danny Fink went to file for an extension on his tax refund he found out something that millions of Americans are learning the hard way.
    “My extension was denied because they said I already filed my taxes, but I hadn’t,” said the Pickens resident. “Someone took my identity and they made up some numbers and got a refund in my name. The IRS told me this would take anywhere from 18-24 months to straighten out.”

 

Georgians asked to vote for favorite state park

Help Win $100,000 from Coca-Cola for Outdoor Recreation
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     ATLANTA, June 10, 2013  --  June is “National Great Outdoors Month,” and Georgia’s State Park system is asking citizens to help crown “America’s Favorite Park” and win a $100,000 grant for outdoor recreation.  The national contest is part of Coca-Cola’s America Is Your Park campaign which encourages families to get active outdoors.  Anyone can vote online at www.Coke.com/parks through July 15.

 

Increased support leads to American Legion expansion

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    L-R: Virgil Coe, Sr. Vice Director Chapter 149 American Legion Riders; Jim Jeffers, Jr. Vice-Commander Post 149; Wayne Poore, Sergeant-At-Arms Post 149; Gary Green, Finance Officer Post 149; Lynn Rollins, Sr. Vice-Commander for the Department of Georgia; Ron Wheeler, Commander Post 149; Ronnie Strickland, Sr. Vice-Commander Post 149; Craig Womer, Director Chapter 149 American Legion Riders; Perry Coe, Sr. Vice Commander Squadron 149 Sons of the American Legion; Gene Tritle, Commander Squadron 149 Sons of the American Legion; and Paul Glaser, Adjutant.

 

By Bill Wood
American Legion Post 149

    Since last year at this time, American Legion Post 149 has grown in several respects. Post 149 has added Chapter 149 of the American Legion Riders and Squadron 149 of the Sons of the American Legion.

 

14U Black Jasper Panthers finish season undefeated

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     The 14U Jasper Panthers finished their season undefeated this year. They took 1st place in the regular season and first place in the post-season tournament!  We are very proud of these young men. Several of them have played together since they were 6 and 7 years old. Great job guys!
    Front (l-r): Lucas Headrick, Andrew Hasbrouck, Ryan Wofford, Tatum Chadwick, Justin Brannen; back: William Young, Coach Charlie Holbert, Josh Holbert, Dalton Sipsy, Coach Mike Dickerson, Caleb Brooks, Dalton Presley, Coach Chad Presley, Jamie Bostick and Coach Stephen Bostick. 

County pool now open for summer

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By Laiken Owens,
Intern Reporter
    The Pickens County Community Pool is now open to the public for summer fun.
    The pool located at Roper Park opened Saturday June 1st, and will be open all summer. The pool hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11a.m. to 5p.m., Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and the pool is closed on Mondays for cleaning.