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Animal lovers sought for volunteer work


    Bethany Carver is pictured with just one of the many shelter dogs who need daily walks.


Submitted by Pickens County Animal Shelter

     Join the Walk-a-Dog Team!  We are looking for dog lovers of all ages who can make a commitment to helping our shelter dogs get outside. You will teach them how to walk on a leash while also giving some TLC.  
     We have a tremendous need for walkers at various times of the day but especially during 8-9, noon-2 and 3-4. Get on the walking schedule in

JeepFest rolls over expectations with impact


Braggin’ Rights - Devin Jarrett was the high bidder in the auction for the chance to crush a cop car. The event was the highlight of the weekend as thousands of spectators watched Jarrett and a friend shred a Pickens County Sheriff cruiser with their monster Jeep.

     Last weekend’s Sheriff’s JeepFest rolled over expectations in the number of attendees and the financial impact to the community, much more than doubling the previous years attendance.


Gas prices holding steady


Georgia, September 9- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 4.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.48/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 31.8 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 2.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has not moved  during the last month and stands 22.3 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Isakson, Graves oppose Syria strikes

Rep. Graves Opposed To Authorizing Military Force In Syriatomgravescolor

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after attending a classified briefing on Syria this evening:

“I intend to vote against authorizing the president to use military force in Syria. The Obama Administration has not provided a clear or convincing strategy for inserting our military into the conflict. I am also deeply concerned about the extent to which al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists are involved in the rebellion.


“President Obama has made clear his opinion that this situation does not currently present a direct or imminent threat to the United States. If a resolution to authorize force fails to pass, the president must refrain from engaging militarily in Syria.”


Isakson Statement on a Military Strike on Syria

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today issued the following statement on a resolution to authorize a U.S. military strike on Syria. The resolution, S.J.Res.21, is expected to come to the Senate floor for consideration early this week.


Weekend jackpots accelerate: Mega Millions $95M, Powerball $203M


ATLANTA – The accelerating Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are creating excitement across Georgia.


Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot has reached an estimated $95 million to a single annuity winner.


The jackpot has grown since July 30 and has rolled 10 times.


Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $3.6 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option, or a single payment worth approximately $64 million with the cash option.


It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.


Saturday’s estimated Powerball jackpot for a single annuity winner is $203 million.


The jackpot has grown since Aug. 10 and has rolled eight times.


Four Georgia Lottery players have won large prizes playing Powerball from the Sept. 4 drawing. Winning tickets worth $10,000 were sold in Doraville, Scottdale, Claxton and Flowery Branch.


Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $203 million annuity prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $115 million.


Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Players can add the Power Play feature for an additional $1 per play to increase non-jackpot prize winnings.


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


Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.6 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.




Draw Date: Friday, September 6, 2013

Draw Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $95 million

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $203 million

Annuity Amount: Approximately $3.6 million a year for 26 years

Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $64million

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $115million

Cost to Play: $1 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier

Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize:Approximately 1:40

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize:Approximately 1:32

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize:Approximately 1:175 million

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize:Approximately 1:175 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: July 30, 2013

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Aug. 10, 2013

Number of Rolls: 10

Number of Rolls: 8

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: July 26, 2013 – $19 million jackpot (New Jersey winner) 

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 7, 2013 - $488 million jackpot

(1 Minnesota winner; 2 New Jersey winners)

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million (3 winning tickets – Illinois, Kansas and Maryland – $218.6 million each)

#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 - $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)



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