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Gas down another 7 cents a gallon at pump


Georgia, July 1- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 7.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.34/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.50/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 22.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 9.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 12.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. 

"After an impressive surge abated several weeks ago, we're seeing gasoline prices decline nicely," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "One in five states currently has at least one gas station with gasoline under $3/gallon: South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, Virginia, Indiana, and Michigan all have at least one station statewide under $3. The national average is likely to continue its decline this week as retail prices catch up to the decrease in wholesale gasoline prices," DeHaan said.

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Explosive class at Jones Mountain shooting range




Damon Howell/photo     

Law enforcement officers attended a class on explosive devices including live detonations at the sheriff shooting range on Jones Mountain Friday.

        The class featured numerous explosions, the loudest of which set off car alarms 100 yards away.

  Above, officers look at the remnants of a filing cabinet blown up with "sheet" explosives.



CANCELLED -- Otis Nixon autograph signing

     Money raised will go to local little league teamsotisnixon

Update: The Progress received word after press time that this event has been cancelled.    


[Update: The director of the Pickens County Recreation Department called the Progress and wanted it noted that this not an event they are associated with.]


Most everyone remembers Otis Nixon’s game saving catch in 1992. Now, over 20 years later, the former Atlanta Braves superstar wants to help local little leaguers dream the big dreams and reach their goals.
    Nixon will be at the Jasper WalMart this Friday, June 28 from noon to 3 p.m. signing autographs and raising money that will go back to little league teams in the Pickens community. Children or adults can purchase baseballs from Walmart for Nixon to sign and they will receive a free autographed Otis Nixon picture. Larger pictures will also be available for sale for $10 or you can bring in your own balls, bats or other gear, make a donation and get an autograph. 



    “I’m from a low-income family in North Carolina,” Nixon, who now lives in Ranger, said in a telephone interview. “I want to give back to the little league community, especially in rural communities. Equipment, uniforms, all of that is expensive. I’ve been doing this for all my life, raising money through golf tournaments and other things.  You never know where the next major league player is going to come from.”
    Money raised at the event will go through Nixon’s 501(c) 3, The Otis Nixon Foundation, and be redistributed locally to two little league teams that win the drawing. Local little league coaches who would like their team to be entered into the drawing can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-877-531-5558. Free hot dogs will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis.
    Nixon is also organizing a free one-day clinic for Pickens little league teams that will feature Major League players such as John Rocker, free food and more. Details about the event will be released as they become available.
    “I want to do this in the next 60 days before the baseball season is over,” Nixon said, who has plans to host the free clinic in Gordon County and others as well. “We are going to invite all the teams out and feed the little guys and have a good time.”
    Learn more about The Nixon Foundation at

Lions announce July 4th activities schedule


By Doug Brooks 
Jasper Lions Club

    Since 1949 the Jasper Lions Club has developed and sponsored an Independence Day Celebration for the citizens of Pickens County. Danny Fink is president of the club and 1st Vice President Darlene Handy is chairing the 2013 Celebration Committee. The theme this year is Star Spangled Spectacular. 


After 17 years, Main Street Clothing packs up


    After 17 years, Main Street Clothing will close in July. Owner Bobby Mullinax (above) says the loss of local shoppers to new retail areas in Cherokee and Dawson counties forced his single location store out of business.

     Citing a barrage of business challenges, Main Street Clothing owner Bobby Mullinax announced he will close his doors for a final time in early July.
    A 57-year veteran of retail clothing, Mullinax wasn’t sure exactly when the last day of Main Street Clothing will be as he is also caring for his wife who was injured in a fall that happened after he decided to close the shop.
    Mullinax operated Main Street Clothing on Jasper’s Main Street for 17 years, catering to both men and women for business and casual attire.

    Find out more about this Main Street staple and why owner Bobby Mullinax finally gave up the ghost in our print and online editions.