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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. 

Assisted living complex to have big impact on Ingles/ Post Office area

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Damon Howell / Photo

Leslie and Larry Hunter of John L. Hunter survey land behind Ingles that has sat empty for years.

 

If the rain will ever slack off, construction on Windsor Lodge - a 45,000-square foot assisted living facility - is slated to begin immediately. 

“These things are so dependent on the weather, and if it cooperates you can zoom ahead,” said Dianne Weston, future executive director of Windsor Lodge, which will be located off Sammy McGhee Boulevard across from the Jasper Post Office. “Once we can get going, construction will take about nine to 10 months. We anticipate an April or May opening.”

See full story including details about the facility in this week's print or online editions. 

Mayor & council clash at Jasper meeting

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 Jasper Mayor John Weaver, right, and council member Jim Looney got into a heated discussion during the July council meeting. 

        For the second consecutive month, Jasper Mayor John Weaver and members of the city council butted heads over a few items on the agenda.

At this month’s council meeting, held Monday, June 10th, council member Jim Looney and the mayor were most visibly at odds, with tempers flaring at several points during the evening. The main item of contention was the possible purchase of a new skid steer, which Mayor Weaver brought before council last month but was not approved. 

       See full story in this week's print or online editions.