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Roadshow draws strong traffic, thousands of coin sales


People from this area sold thousands of old coins to the brokers at THR & Associates last week during the collectors’ roadshow in the Microtel Lobby.

“We bought a lot of older coins, nothing super-duper rare, but some rare stuff,” THR Broker Jeffrey Maynard said Saturday with one more day left for the roadshow here.

Maynard and his associate, Brice Lanier, agreed that the most exciting item was something they didn’t buy. Someone brought a gold coin that had been stamped in Dahlonega, when the nearby city was the home of a gold rush, but no deal was made for the coin last week.


Broker Brice Lanier examines a coin brought to the Collectors Roadshow last week at Microtel.


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With strong year-end giving, matching capital Joy House wraps up fundraising for boys home

New home for eight boys could open by April



Executive Director Steve Lowe announced that the Joy House raised enough money during December to complete a boys home that has been in the works for more than three years at the Christian teen ministry’s Cove Road campus.

Lowe said one of their regular contributors had pledged to match up to $20,000 in gifts for the home and the December giving surpassed that.

“We raised the $20,000 to get the full matching funds, plus we exceeded that quite a bit,” Lowe said. “We’ll be moving into the home debt free.”

Lowe said they should be able to complete the home by March and begin using it to house eight boys and also as the school for the campus, in April.

Heading for hike – don’t forget your GORP; New pass required for all use of some state properties


Dawson and Gilmer areas included in places where GORP is required

Submitted by Ga. DNR

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Jan. 4, 2012) - The new Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass has been in effect a few days, and will help with much-needed maintenance on state wildlife areas.

Thirty-two sites managed by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division now require the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass (GORP) for visitors ages 16-64. Exempt from the requirement are individuals who have a valid WMA

License, Honorary License, Sportsmen’s License, Lifetime License or Three-Day Hunting and Fishing License.

In all, Wildlife Resources Division manages more than 100 properties across the state. However, GORP impacts only about one-third of the areas - the spots with the highest traffic by all users.

Love wine? Be a judge at Yonah Vineyards for the International Grand Wine Challenge


Sautee, GA:  Members of the wine drinking public are invited to judge the eight wines that will be presented at the 2012 International Grand Wine Challenge on Saturday, January 21. Two blind tastings will be held at the Yonah Mountain Vineyards tasting room in Sautee at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. during which participants may consider how the elements of Yonah Mountain Vineyards and Serenity Cellars wines compare to some of California's and Italy's finest labels.

Rep. Jasperse previews upcoming session


Top 5 legislative issues of 2012

State Rep. Rick Jasperse entering his second full legislative session under the Gold Dome believes there are several factors which may make this a very “contentious” session.

Rick Jasperse, who will be entering his second legislative session representing Pickens County and surrounding areas, said the state legislative session this January will likely be contentious.

“With the election year, presidential and others in the state, you will see folks really trying to make political statements,” Jasperse said in a late December interview. “With the redistricting completed there will be several forces that should make this a very interesting session.”

Jasperse previewed in late December what he believes will be the five most newsworthy efforts under the Gold Dome when the legislature goes into session this January.

1.  Budget – “This is number one by far. It’s why we go there.” Jasperse said in Georgia, the governor proposes a budget and “both the house and senate fiddle with it.” At this point the governor’s proposed budget cuts all state agencies two percent except public safety and education.