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Mark Miller pleads guilty

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Jasper attorney Mark Miller pleaded guilty in Pickens Superior Court late Wednesday to multiple counts of theft and financial fraud against former clients, foregoing a trial which would have begun in August.

   The plea settlement negotiated back and forth all day Wednesday will see the well-known, outspoken attorney sentenced to 40 years, to serve 5 years. Miller, jailed since June of 2016 will be granted credit for that year. The remaining 35 years will be on probation.

   Miller will be required to make restitution of  $1.3 million to former clients who he pleaded guilty to taking funds from their accounts.

            See full details, Miller’s final statement to the judge and comments in next week’s Progress.

School Open House dates

 

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Pickens County Schools

New Student Registration  July 18,2017 •  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

2017 Open House Dates

 

Harmony, Hill City, Jasper, and Tate Elementary Schools

Grades I- 5   July 27,2017 • 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Kindergarten    July 28, 2017 • 5:30p.m.

Harmony Elementary Pre K.   July 28, 2017 • 4:30p.m.

Hill City Elementary Pre K July 28,2017 • 4:30p.m.

Senior tax exemption straw poll makes ballot

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        Pickens Seniors for Change, an advocacy group fighting for additional tax exemptions for senior property owners, achieved a milestone this week with the approval of a straw poll question for next year’s Republican primary ballot. 

The advocacy group has been pushing for changes to the county’s current tax exemption policies for years, arguing that Pickens County seniors – especially those on fixed incomes - are “going broke” because of their property taxes. Pickens County currently offers a full exemption for property owners 62 years and older with a household income of less than $25,000.

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

Sheriff making appointments to identify stolen items

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Pickens Sheriff’s Office / Photo

Hundreds of knives and other items believed to be stolen were seized by sheriff officers last week. The loot now fills a conference room and is stored in trailers at the jail. See  photos of other items on Page 9A in the print or online editions.

 

Like Hoarders mixed with Cops, sheriff’s officers last week hauled more than 1,000 items believed to be stolen, ranging from vehicles to GI Joe dolls, from a wooded Reavis Road home.

Lt. Chris Webb of the Pickens Sheriff’s office said  there’s a chance anything stolen in the past decade is  now at the jail, overflowing a conference room and in two covered trailers out back and they want to get it back to the owners.

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,