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Tips on preventing frozen pipes

 

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Cold temps are here. Follow these tips to keeps your pipes from freezing in winter weather. 

From State Farm Insurance

 January 7, 2015 - For the quarter-million families who have their homes ruined and their lives disrupted each winter because of frozen water pipes, frigid nights can very quickly turn to ongoing, inconvenient, extremely expensive ordeals. In cold and warmer climates alike, pipes freeze for a combination of three central reasons:

 

State's December revenues up 9 percent

 

     Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax collections for December totaled nearly $1.91 billion, an increase of $158 million, or 9 percent, compared to December 2013, when net collections totaled $1.75 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $9.61 billion, which was an increase of nearly $517 million, or 5.7 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $9.09 billion after six

 

Execution Order Signed for Man Convicted of 1998 Murder of a Laurens County Deputy Sheriff

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Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Andrew Howard Brannan, who is currently scheduled to be executed on Jan. 13, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. for the 1998 murder of 22 year old Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dinkheller.

Mega Millions preps $206M jackpot for Tuesday’s drawing

 

Wednesday’s Powerball drawing rolls over to $146M

 

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ATLANTA – The jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball are getting hotter as cool multi-million dollar prizes continue to be up for grabs with each roll. Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing is at $206 million, and Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is at $146 million.

 

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Nov. 7 and has rolled 17 times.

 

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $206 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $134 million.

 

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.

 

The Powerball jackpot has grown since Dec. 3 and has rolled 10 times.

 

Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $146 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $95 million. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 

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 $15.7 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 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

 

MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $206 million

Annuity AmountJackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $134 million

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

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

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:40

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Nov. 7, 2014

Number of Rolls: 17

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Nov. 4, 2014 – $321 million (New York) 

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million

(3 winning tickets – Illinois, Kansas and Maryland – $218.6 million each)

 

POWERBALL FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $146 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $95 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: Dec. 3, 2014
Number of Rolls: 10
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Nov. 29, 2014 – $90 million jackpot (Washington winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)

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

www.galottery.comwww.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com, www.megamillions.com andwww.powerball.com 

Good Samaritan sponsoring mental health first aid training

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The Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center in Jasper is sponsoring a free eight-hour course to help those who encounter a person in a mental or emotional crisis, an occurrence more likely to happen than encountering a heart attack victim.

 

Mental disorders are more common than heart disease and cancer combined. The program is designed to help those who complete the course to assist persons with mental health needs and connect them to support and care.