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State of the County presented


Dan Pool / Photo

K-9 officer Storm steals the spotlight during the Chamber’s State of the County presentation Tuesday morning at Chattahoochee Tech. The newly-trained dog with the sheriff’s office is shown with handler Brandon Esparza.


The Chamber of Commerce hosted a State of the County program Tuesday featuring Commission Chair Rob Jones, Jasper Mayor John Weaver, School Superintendent Carlton Wilson and  Sheriff Donnie Craig.

Host Tim Norton, of Reinhardt University, introduced the program by saying you can not understand government or the people involved without getting out and seeing them in programs like this. 

“You can’t get what you need by social media,” he said. “You have to know people.”

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Golden Rule delegates visit Gov. Kemp


The 2019 Golden RuleYouth and Young Adult Leadership delegation was greeted by Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp on March 28th in his office where members presented him with a small US veteran made wooden cross as a reminder of those serving our great nation and state of Georgia.

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Bargain Barn owner discusses closure after more than 50 years



In what came as a local business shock, on March 26th Jerry and Freida Stover announced they will close Bargain Barn, one of Jasper’s oldest and largest retailers.

While the Stovers are well within retirement age and plan to retire themselves, they will not sell the business because “it went from very profitable to unprofitable,” Mr. Stover said. Over the last four years, Mr. Stover said in an interview last week that sales lost to online retailers made deep, unsurvivable cuts to their bottom line.

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Seven-year tax battle to continue

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Photo from Pickens County Tax Assessor website

The tax value of Jack and Annette Williams’ Firetower Road home has been under dispute since 2011.


Seven years of pre-trial wrangling, well over $100,000 in total court costs and four days in front of a jury last November brought only a slight adjustment in the value of a large Firetower Road home.

And, according to an interview with owners Jack and Annette Williams last week, this story is no where near the end, as the only thing settled last November was the value for the 2011 tax year. The Williams have unsuccessfully appealed the value of their home every year since then to the Board of Equalization (BOE) and with an attorney have pushed their appeal on to the superior court.

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