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Family narrowly escapes burning house

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    A mother and two adult sons “just did get out” of this burning home Monday on Dry Pond Road.
    Homeowner Ruthell Cornett and her two adult sons of Dry Pond Road in west Pickens narrowly escaped a fire that completely destroyed their home Monday night.
    Fire Marshal Curtis Clark said Ms. Cornett suffered some minor injuries exiting the burning home through a bedroom window. He thought she may have cut her hands and arms breaking the glass to get out.

Tuesday ceremony to commemorate 50th anniversary of Vietnam War


By Suellen Reitz
Event publicity

    Sequoyah Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and American Legion Post 149 have partnered for a special Vietnam Veteran Commemorative Flag Raising Ceremony at noon on Tuesday, March 29 on the Pickens County Courthouse front lawn. Their goal is unified - to give our Vietnam veterans the well-deserved honor and respect that many never felt. 


At 453 pounds, blind man faces tough decision on weight loss

“I want to be here when I’m 50 for my wife and my daughter”

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Scott Rumery was blinded by a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, but when weighing in at nearly a quarter ton his blindness is the least of his worries. Scott is pictured with wife Bronwyn and their guide dog.

    Five years ago, Scott and Bronwyn Rumery opened up to the Progress about what life is like for a blind couple. In anticipation of creating a support group they talked a little about the dark side – the anxiety and depression that can accompany it.

Nominate most littered road in county for KPB's Operation Clean Sweep


Submitted by Al Rothe of KPB
    Each year during the month of April, Keep Pickens Beautiful (KPB) participates in the Great American Clean-up. The Great American Clean-up is sponsored by our parent organization, Keep America Beautiful. During April, KPB sponsors and encourages local events to help make our community more beautiful. This year KPB will kick off a brand new event; “Operation Clean Sweep.”

Gas prices up 6.4 percent


Georgia, GA, March 21- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.94/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.98/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 28.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 30.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 27.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 44.0 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on March 21 in Georgia have ranged widely over the last five years:
$2.22/g in 2015, $3.37/g in 2014, $3.54/g in 2013, $3.74/g in 2012 and $3.42/g in 2011.

Areas nearby Georgia and their current gas price climate:
Augusta- $1.85/g, up 5.6 cents per gallon from last week's $1.79/g.
Macon- $1.84/g, up 0.4 cents per gallon from last week's $1.84/g.
Atlanta- $1.98/g, up 8.5 cents per gallon from last week's $1.90/g.

"With the U.S. average price of gas closing in on the $2 level, a price not seen since late December, it reflects a real paradox; we see simultaneously both a stark increase --25 cents per gal. in the past few weeks-- and a reminder of how much we're still saving," said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. "Even with the anticipated rise in retail prices to accommodate 'summer blend' gasoline regulations, and even with a 54% increase in crude oil from $26 to $40 for the benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the national average price of gas today remains some 45 cents lower than where we were exactly one year ago."

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