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Powerball jackpot climbs to $133M for drawing Saturday



ATLANTA – As Powerball continues to roll, the jackpot has continued to surge. The jackpot is at an estimated $133 million to a single annuity winner for Saturday’s Powerball drawing.


The jackpot began rolling Aug. 5 and has rolled nine times.


Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $133 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $84 million.


Powerball tickets are $2 per play.


As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


Draw Date: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $133 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $84 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Aug. 5, 2015
Number of Rolls: 9
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 1, 2015 – $110 million jackpot (California)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)

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No contested races in Talking Rock, one council seat will see race in Jasper

Qualifying continues through Friday in Nelson


City election qualifying has ended this afternoon for Jasper and Talking with only one contested race.

In Talking Rock, Randy Banks has qualified for Mayor. Incumbent Carol Opdenhoff did not seek another term.

Morgan Southerland qualified for Town Council – Post 3, Talking Rock. The seat was formerly held by Mayor Opdenhoff’s husband Charles.

Incumbent Jessica Wells has qualified for Town Council – Post 5.

With no contested races, there will be no election held for Talking Rock this November.


Mayor unopposed; one council race in Jasper

For Jasper Mayor,  longtime incumbent John Weaver was the only candidate to qualify.

Council members Jim Looney, John Foust, Jr. are running unopposed.

Incumbent Tony Fountain will face challenger Kirk Raffield.


Nelson - Tina Monaghan has qualified for City Council as of Wednesday. Two other seats are open. Qualifying runs through Friday.


Guns as Good as Gold

Firearm purchases skyrocket during uncertain times

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    Josh Fitts of Appalachian Gun & Pawn demonstrates how to load a Ruger Scout  Rifle. The Fitts family, who owns the store, says the most popular guns are Glocks, Smith & Wessons and Rugers. In just two days the store sold 12 guns.

     A report released last month from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms showed a massive spike in national firearms manufacturing in recent years, which more than doubled since 2008 and more than tripled since 2001.
    Local gun shop sales and weapons carry permit issuances echo national figures, showing a consistent rise over the last few years.
     See the print or online edition for the full story.

Beware of rental home scam

    A professional scammer recently tried turning a real for sale listing of a local home into a bogus rental listing to cheat people out of their cash.
    When Don Martin of Torrey Mountain Properties posted a listing of a Jasper home for sale on the First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) site, he hoped to sell the home quickly. 

JeepFest this weekend

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    Organizers are expecting a large crowd of Jeep owners at the 5th Annual JeepFest this week.
    The event officially kicks off with a night ride Thursday and continues through Sunday.
    Sheriff Donnie Craig said they began the fundraiser for youth charities five years ago with 60 Jeep owners and one ride. This year they have already registered around 900 Jeep owners and the events last over the whole