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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. 

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.

Appropriations Committee Passes Graves’ Financial Reform Bill

Bill Cuts Spending, Eliminates Programs, Slashes Regulations

tom-graves   Washington, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee today passed the fiscal year 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which was authored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) who is chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. The bill provides annual funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and other related agencies. 

   The bill totals $20.231 billion, a $1.284 billion cut from last year, including a $149 million cut for the IRS. It also eliminates several non-essential programs, such as the Udall Foundation.
   The legislation targets resources to programs that will help boost economic growth and opportunity, protect consumers and investors, promote an efficient federal court system, and stop financial crime. 

PHS band, football and cheer mix it up

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A cheerleader beating a drum, a football player tooting a trumpet, and a band member pushing a blocking sled — All of these things were seen at Pickens High School last Thursday as approximately 175 students gathered on the practice field to get a new perspective on football games and all they entail. The three groups used one practice day to familiarize themselves, hands-on, with what each one does to create the high school football game experience for fans. PHS Athletic Director Chris Parker said the students are together all summer, practicing for the upcoming season, so this gives them a day off of practice before the school year begins. More pictures on page 20A of the print or online editions.

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,