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Georgia ranks second for identity theft complaints

Social media may be partly to blame
 According to data from the Federal Trade Commission, Georgia had the second highest number of identity theft complaints in 2011; only Florida ranked higher. More than 11,000 complaints were filed by Georgia residents, a 20 percent increase from 2010.

Pilot makes emergency landing on road near Walmart


See pilot's reaction in this week's print or online edition.

A pilot returning home to Tennessee Sunday evening made an emergency landing on the frontage road leading to the Jasper Walmart  about 6 p.m. Amazingly no injuries were reported even though the plane was left crumpled after it struck the road shoulder and a fire hydrant.

Powerball rises to $168M



ATLANTA – Powerball is soaring and Georgia Lottery players can score big as the jackpot has rolled to $168 million for Saturday’s jackpot drawing.



The jackpot has grown since Oct. 6 and has rolled 10 times.


Powerball offers two payment options: the $168 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $108 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 $13.8 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 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: Nov. 10, 2012

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $168 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $108 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: Oct. 6, 2012
Number of Rolls: 10
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Oct. 3, 2012 – $50 million jackpot (Delaware winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: Feb. 18, 2006 – $365 million jackpot (Nebraska winner)

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp. and Powerball, please visit: and


Ga. Hunting and Fishing App is here


The Official Georgia Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Guide, powered by
Pocket Ranger technology, is the official app of the Georgia Department
of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. This free, mobile
app gives both novice and seasoned sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts
essential information in the palm of their hand. 

Features include: 

Species profiles

Weather information

Is a bad winter approaching for southeastern U.S.?



Pickens Fire Chief Bob Howard does not claim to be a weatherman. But, “I do listen to the professionals and the consensus is this could be a bad winter,” Howard said last week.

The meteorologists that Howard follows predict this winter could be similar to the snowy, icy and cold conditions the southeastern United States saw in the late 1970s.

For anyone too young to remember back that far, it would be like two years ago when Pickens County was hit with a series of winter storms – but slightly worse is expected this year.

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