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Senior tax exemption straw poll makes ballot

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        Pickens Seniors for Change, an advocacy group fighting for additional tax exemptions for senior property owners, achieved a milestone this week with the approval of a straw poll question for next year’s Republican primary ballot. 

The advocacy group has been pushing for changes to the county’s current tax exemption policies for years, arguing that Pickens County seniors – especially those on fixed incomes - are “going broke” because of their property taxes. Pickens County currently offers a full exemption for property owners 62 years and older with a household income of less than $25,000.

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Sheriff making appointments to identify stolen items

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Hundreds of knives and other items believed to be stolen were seized by sheriff officers last week. The loot now fills a conference room and is stored in trailers at the jail. See  photos of other items on Page 9A in the print or online editions.

 

Like Hoarders mixed with Cops, sheriff’s officers last week hauled more than 1,000 items believed to be stolen, ranging from vehicles to GI Joe dolls, from a wooded Reavis Road home.

Lt. Chris Webb of the Pickens Sheriff’s office said  there’s a chance anything stolen in the past decade is  now at the jail, overflowing a conference room and in two covered trailers out back and they want to get it back to the owners.

Veterans memorial coming to Lee Newton Park

Goal is to have park completed by Veterans Day vet memorial Parish Lowrie donation photo

       Fundraising efforts underway for Veterans Memorial - Ray Smith, the general manager of the Pickens County Veterans Memorial, accepts a donation from Parish Lowrie of Parish Lowrie State Farm. With them are (L-r) Wayne Poore, veteran of the year for Pickens County; Nancy Allen, employee of the local State Farm office, Ray Smith, Parish Lowrie and Gary Bledsoe, chair of the Bricks of Honor campaign. Smith said, “Fund raising is off to a great start and we expect to begin construction in the next few months with completion by Veterans Day, November 11, 2017. The annual Veterans Day ceremony will be at the new memorial.”

     Lee Newton Park will soon become home to the Pickens County Veteran’s Memorial Park. Located in the southwest corner of the park, and designed in the shape of a pentagon, five marble monuments representing each branch of the U.S. military will surround a United States flag. Marble benches,

Jasper Police make felony stop

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       Damon Howell / Photo A felony stop is an action-packed event, with firearms and tasers pulled as standard protocol. Here, the white truck had been reported stolen from Dawson County. See video at pickensprogress.com.  CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL VIDEO. 

 

        Two Jasper Police officers made a felony stop on a vehicle reported stolen Thursday, July 6th in front of Deb’s Bakery in Jasper.

      The white truck was reported stolen in Dawson County and had been tracked by a GPS device in it to Jasper. Jasper officers spotted it running the red light at E. Church Street and Burnt Mountain Road.

Sgt. Matt Dawkins with the Jasper police said the officers followed standard “felony stop”

Appropriations Committee Passes Graves’ Financial Reform Bill

Bill Cuts Spending, Eliminates Programs, Slashes Regulations

tom-graves   Washington, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee today passed the fiscal year 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which was authored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) who is chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. The bill provides annual funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and other related agencies. 

   The bill totals $20.231 billion, a $1.284 billion cut from last year, including a $149 million cut for the IRS. It also eliminates several non-essential programs, such as the Udall Foundation.
   The legislation targets resources to programs that will help boost economic growth and opportunity, protect consumers and investors, promote an efficient federal court system, and stop financial crime.