ATLANTA – As the Georgia Lottery Corp. celebrates its 20th anniversary, lottery officials today announced record proceeds to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014. The Georgia Lottery’s first-half transfers to the Lottery for Education Account will bring the total raised for educational programs in the state to $15 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.
Georgia Lottery returns to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014 totaled $462.1 million, more than $11.6 million ahead of the same period last year.
Monday evening the parking lot at the Pickens County Community Center was completely full. Basketball practice and yoga was happening in the main gyms while a karate class was underway in one of the back rooms.
Since it opened in 2011 the community center has become a popular facility for Pickens residents who use it for sports, meetings, wedding and baby showers, and a host of other events.
Investigation files regarding the death of a 65-year-old man last week in the Bethany Moorings subdivision will be turned over to the GBI for review, but no foul play is suspected, though investigators concede there are some unusual circumstances.
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Church that met at old Bargain Barn says this is a "set up for a step up"
Photo of Saturday night's blaze from Michael Womack/Footprints Fotography.
The pastor and a praise team member of the Gospel Outreach Church, which met in the old Bargain Barn, were watching fire investigators Monday, saying that they consider the destruction “a set up for a step up.”
The pair had already looked through rubble themselves, salvaging one guitar and one Bible, which had been stored in an old vault on the premises after a Saturday night blaze destroyed the building that once housed the famous sporting good store, the Bargain Barn, before it moved to the four-lane.
Above right, the Bible saved from a vault in the old sporting goods building shows scorched pages but was still readable. Photo/Pickens Progress
Dalton (GA) - The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed two
flu-related deaths in North Georgia. Of the current 19 confirmed
flu-related deaths in Georgia, these are the only two that have been
reported thus far for the North Georgia Health District, comprised of
Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties.
Both of the deceased were middle-aged, and there is no evidence in the
Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services that either
of them had received an influenza vaccination.
Health officials continue to stress the importance of getting a flu
shot and that anyone 6 months and older who has not yet gotten a flu
vaccination this season should get one now at their local health
department, through their healthcare provider or at a pharmacy that
provides flu shots.