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Petition opposes possible Dollar General


    Dollar General is interested in a site on Cove Road at the corner of Grandview Road, which has many nearby residents in a panic over the possibility.

     A group of residents are up in arms over the possibility of a Dollar General being built at the corner of Grandview Road and Cove Road, with a petition circulating that has garnered hundreds of signatures as of press time.
    The uprising against the discount store comes just six months after the Pickens County Planning Commission denied a request for a parcel on the other corner of Grandview and Cove roads to be rezoned for the purpose of developing a Dollar General.

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Jasper Middle School assistant principal promoted

   Anita Walker

     Anita Walker and family.

     Press Release from the Pickens County School System

     Jasper, Georgia — The Pickens County School District is pleased to announce the promotion of Anita Walker to Principal of Jasper Middle School. Ms. Walker served as Assistant Principal at JMS since 2015.
    Ms. Walker is a native of Pickens County. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from North Georgia College and a Master’s Degree from Piedmont College. Prior to serving as Assistant Principal of JMS, she held a variety of

Terrapins vs. Ducks at city park

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         A pair of terrapins swim together as a duck passes by. Terrapins at the Jasper City Park pond range in size from small to large, and can been seen at times basking on the bank.

     They seem so unassuming. Their tiny heads poke out of the brackish pond water at Jasper City Park before they glide below the surface. Webbed turtle feet flip delicately to move them along.
    But these endearing chelonian are prime suspects for  injuries being reported to the goose and ducks at the pond, according to Jasper’s Animal Control Officer Lonnie Waters.

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Newton’s political future: ‘Who knows?’


     Two weeks after the May election, Bill Newton was undeterred by his third defeat to Rob Jones in the race for commission chair, clearly not ruling out a future foray back into politics.
     His history against Jones dates back to 2004 when then-incumbent sole commissioner Newton finished first but failed to capture a majority in a three-candidate GOP July primary. Newton then lost his post to Jones by 19 votes in the runoff, 2,829 to 2,810.

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House passes Rep. Graves bill to fund essential Capitol operations, freeze member pay


Legislation Makes Family-Friendly Improvements to the Capitol Complex

Washington, D.C. – The House today passed the fiscal year 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act (H.R. 5325), which was authored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) who is chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee on Appropriations. The bill provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance.
“The main focus of this legislation is to preserve the beauty, enhance the security and improve the institutions of the United States Capitol complex. Using a zero-based budgeting approach, in which each agency of the Legislative Branch was forced to justify its budget request from scratch, I’m pleased to report that we have accomplished our mission in a way that respects taxpayers,” Chairman Graves said.