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Jasperse wins in a landslide, alcohol-by-the-drink passes

        Incumbent State Rep. Rick Jasperse won in a landslide Tuesday, taking more than 86 percent of the ballots in Pickens and a similar heavy margin district-wide over gun control advocate Lee Shiver.
Jasperse (R) thanked his supporters, saying he works hard everyday for his constituents and this affirms his efforts.

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Supreme Court reprimands south Georgia judge for habitual tardiness




Published Monday, November 5, 2018


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The Supreme Court of Georgia has ordered a public reprimand for Judge Tammy Stokes, Chief Judge of the Chatham County Recorder’s Court, for her “habitual tardiness in starting court and her excessive absenteeism from the court,” in violation of the Code Judicial Conduct.

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Hurricane Michael donation drive this week

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Alan Horne / Photo

A scene near Marianna, Florida where Jasper resident Alan Horne grew up shows the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael. Horne is organizing relief efforts for the area.


Local State Farm Agent Alan Horne grew up in Marianna, Fla. and this Thursday, Nov. 1st he will host a donation drive at his Jasper office for anyone wanting to donate to those devastated by Hurricane Michael.

While he spent the first 30 years of his life in Florida’s panhandle, Horne has lived in Jasper for six years, moving here to run his State Farm agency at the end of October, 2012. 

Horne has strong ties to the part of the Florida panhandle that took so much of the brunt of Hurricane Michael on October 10th. Horne attended Marianna High School and then the University of Mississippi on a

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Tate Day Festival November 3rd

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The Old Tate Gym and other areas in Tate will be a bustle of activity this weekend for Tate Days. 


From a really big hole in the ground to big bags full of vendor merchandise, the Tate Day Festival promises a big day of festival fun for attendees. Surely, a highlight of the day will be a tour of the renown Tate open-pit quarries. For the fourth year Polycor Georgia Marble has allowed public viewing of this awe-inspiring site on Tate Day. The story of Tate marble - how it originated, how and when it was discovered, its multiple uses (both monumental and others), how its mining has changed over time, how long it will last at this location, and other information is one big story. The on-site portion of the tour is conducted by Mr.

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Sheriff, commissioners clash over requested $1M increase

        budget Showdown Brewing? Sheriff Donnie Craig and employee Miranda McDowell square off against County Finance Director Faye Harvey and commissioners Becky Denney, Rob Jones and Jerry Barnes over the proposed increase in the law enforcement agency’s budget for next year.


        The Progress staff attended several of the county budget hearings of individual department heads last week. Currently, the proposed 2019 budget is $26.2 million. The majority of departmental budgets were flat, with no significant changes from last year. 

The sheriff and fire operations saw the largest increase due to the number of employees in those

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