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Three stores burglarized overnight

   Jasper Police are investigating burglaries at three separate locations that occurred after business hours between Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 2.

   Nails & Spa 4 U and Mellow Mist vape shop, both located in the retail strip on Mountainside Village Parkway off Highway 515 next to Rocco’s Pub, and Dunn’s North convenience store off Highway 515, were all broken into in a similar manner. Sgt. Matt Dawkins with Jasper Police said the doors were popped open with a crow bar, but no glass was broken. None of the businesses were open at the time of the break-ins.

   According to Sgt. Dawkins, beer and cigarettes were stolen from Dunn’s North, and an undisclosed amount of cash from the nail salon. Nothing was stolen from the vape store.

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STAR Student and teacher interviews

 

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2017 STAR Student from PHS is Jonathan Friedman.

     The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR banquet on Thursday evening, March 9.  The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper, Georgia.   

Ms. Carrie McCurdy, 2000 Pickens High School STAR Student, will be the guest speaker for the 2017 banquet. This year the Optimists will recognize the 2017 STAR Student and Teacher along with

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Jasper’s wastewater future at crossroads

 

Sewage will dictate growth but up-front costs a major

hurdle for city

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Sewage flows into Jasper’s wastewater plant on Montview Drive. The plant can handle 800,000 gallons a day but growth will require expansion.

Jasper’s longtime mayor and longtime water/wastewater superintendent took slightly different views of the city’s sewage position in an interview last week while providing a tour of the city’s infrastructure. 

Water Superintendent David Hall explained the differing opinions come from him being a pessimist and Jasper Mayor John Weaver being an optimist.

The city officials agreed that Jasper is at a “crossroads,” with both water and sewage at or near capacity. And both men agree strongly that water and sewage availability will dictate growth potential for the future.

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Lions secure massive grant for Good Samaritan

 

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   KnowPickens.com / Photo Lions 18L District Governor Leslie Miller, Lions Club President Ken Austin and Willie Alexander LCIF Representative for Lions District 18L (Atlanta Metro Club) presented the check to the following representatives of Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center: Dr. Gilbert James, Optometrist and head of the Vision Clinic, Melinda Smith, director of development, Lois Bryant, NP and chairman of the board, and Tammy Sorrells, chief financial officer. Margo Austin who served on the Capital Campaign representing the Lions Club looks on. Not pictured is Ed Harshbarger, Georgia State Representative to LCIF.

     On February 23rd, the Jasper Lions Club completed a project at least three years in the making. The civic organization presented a $90,000 check to the Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center for their Vision Clinic. This grant was made possible by the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International. 

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County has new 24/7 dropbox for tax payments

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Pickens County Tax Commissioner Darrin Satterfield, right, and the office’s delinquent tax manager Daniel Reeves show off the new dropbox. 

In an effort to provide an extra level of convenience, the Pickens County government has installed a drop box outside their main office for after-hours tax payments. 

Pickens County Tax Commissioner Darrin Satterfield said the move was made in response to high demand from the public. 

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