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County releases financial information

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     While no formal presentations were made, the county CFO announced at the final commissioner’s meeting of the year that several completed financial reports are now available to the public.
    Among these reports are the final audit from fiscal year 2012, a historical review of the county’s fund balance and changes in debt and capital assets for fiscal years 2004 through 2012, and a report of projects that were (and were not) funded through the 2008 SPLOST that wraps up collections this year.

See the print or online editions for the rest of this story.

 

Jasper preparing large New Year’s celebration downtown

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    Organizers are preparing to welcome a large crowd to downtown Jasper for the 2013 New Year’s Eve celebration featuring fireworks, a ball drop, vendors, music and giveaways (see full page ad this week for details).
    Jasper Mayor John Weaver said the city, the Chamber of Commerce, Jasper Merchants Association and downtown business owners are working to establish this as an annual celebration that will fill the streets with people ringing in the New Year.

$38 coffee start-up thinks big

“It’s time that business owners in Pickens County know what’s going on in New York City,” Georgia Bean Roasters owner says

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    Georgia Bean Roasters owner Brain Cain pours a batch of “Stop the Press,” a special blend he created for the Progress.


     Pickens resident Brian Cain opens a plastic baggy filled with Eight O’Clock brand coffee beans and asks me to take a whiff.
     The co-owner and CEO of Nelson-based Georgia Bean Roasters then pulls out a 1/2 pound bag of a special blend named “Stop the Press” – which he created specifically for the interview – and asks me to do the same thing. 
     As you might expect there was no comparison between the mass-produced beans and the small-batch, gourmet coffee he roasted in his basement earlier that day.

Check out our print or online editions to find out how this buisinessman is thinking big for Pickens.

Despite rain, Laying of Stones ceremony well attended

Click on the image below to see a video of the dedication ceremony.

 

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 The dedication ceremony at Pickens' new 107-acre park on top of Oglethorpe Mountain was well attended despite the heavy fog. Be sure to check out next week's edition for a full account of the event and details about the park, which is a gift from Ken and Billie Ann Rice. The story did not make this week's early Christmas edition, but here is a video from park board member John Feight.

Secretary of State Advises Georgians on charitable donations

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ATLANTA (Dec. 19, 2013) – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp offers advice to individuals planning to donate to charitable organizations during the holiday season. As Secretary of State, Kemp serves as Georgia’s charities regulator.