Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig and the board of commissioners at the recent budget meeting.
Sheriff Donnie Craig disputed accounts by the board of commissioners that he was seeking more than a million dollars in additional property taxes this year in two follow-up interviews conducted last week.
Craig said he initially submitted a higher budget [seeking $661,000 over his 2018 spending] as a starting point for discussions with the commissioners.
“The sole purpose was not to demand the $1.1 million like the front page [of last week’s Progress] made it look like,” he said. “The reason I put the $661,000 was to present our true numbers to put everything in there. I knew we would negotiate and cut it back.”
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The bear hit on Cove Road October 20th.
“What do you want to do with her?” was a question that initially perplexed Jim Pickett after running over a bear on Cove Road mid-morning Saturday, Oct. 20th.
Pickett, who was almost back home after dropping his wife off at work, said he had never even vaguely considered what to do with a bear carcass, like one he was suddenly responsible for.
The driver had been pretty sure the bear was killed almost instantly on the section of Cove Road just east of Dollar General, and with Pickett recovering from foot surgery he had his truck’s On-Star system report the accident while he directed traffic around the carcass laying in a shady area.
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While armed robberies are rare in this area, this Verizon store has been hit twice.
Authorities are looking for the sole suspect in an armed robbery that recently occurred at the Verizon Wireless store in Jasper.
According to Jasper Police Lt. Matt Dawkins, a black male wearing a ski mask and navy blue hoodie robbed the store on Saturday, Nov. 3. Dawkins said the suspect tied up an employee with zip ties and stole around 30 phones from the Old Philadelphia Road location.
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Teacher of the Year: (l to r) Janice Champion, PJHS; Cristy Jacobs, JMS; 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year Winner Kanyon Petti, PHS; Whitney Heath, HES; Michele Moore, TES; Ashley Cagle, HCES.
Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson opened the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year banquet with a poignant real-life story about a boy named Steve who grew up in home with alcoholic parents. His school life reflected his home life - chaotic and unstable. His grades and relationships suffered, but one of his teachers, Mrs. White, believed in him. Her faith changed the course of his life.
“Someone for the first time cared about him,” Dr. Wilson told attendees. “That’s when his world changed.”
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In the laser-tag arena, owners Kevin (l) and Ryan O’Dea. The brothers have created an entertainment mecca with games, a rage room and escape rooms on E. Church Street.
From laser tag in a post-apocalyptic setting to free-roam virtual reality games to escape rooms, no longer can people say there’s nothing for kids to do in Jasper.
Escape and Evade officially opened October 20 at 934 East Church Street (former Save-A-Lot area) in a spacious 26,000 square foot space, bringing entertainment options for people of all ages.