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August 4, 2013

Sales Tax Holiday is next weekend

VALDOSTA — Area public schools start back this week, VSU starts back the following week, and every parent of a school-age child can use a helping hand when it comes to school supplies and school clothes.

This weekend, Georgia is once again holding the Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 9 and 10, and all clothing, shoes, athletic gear, etc., less than $100 a piece or computers and accessories less than $1,000 are exempt from state sales tax. Most all of the stores I’ve been in lately are gearing up and replenishing stock to make sure they have enough on hand to run through the weekend, and parents should be able to get some great bargains and sales on top of the lower sales tax. A few cents adds up quickly, especially if you have more than one child to buy for.

Several stores also have programs too that allow customers, who may not have any kids left at home or who just want to help others, purchase supplies to be distributed to schools.

You can go online at etax.dor.ga.gov/salestax/holiday/5-15-13_Georgia_2013_Sales_Tax_Holiday to find a full list of all of the items that are exempt from state sales tax Friday and Saturday.

This is a great time to shop local, this is a great opportunity to stock up on things your child will need through the school year, and it’s an appreciated boost from the state to parents and students. Thank your legislators for voting to continue the holiday and take advantage of the sales this weekend.

Home Builders holding Casino Night

Don’t forget to mark Friday, Aug. 9, on your calendar to attend the Home Builders Casino Night at the Turner Center for the Arts. A portion of the proceeds will go to several local charities and it should be a fun event. No “real” gambling will take place, of course, but your ticket includes “money” to play with as entertainment only, with prizes available along with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Tickets are $50 each or $80 per couple and can be purchased at the Home Builders Association office or by calling (229) 247-8422.

I understand tickets

are selling fast!

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