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Talking Rock will fight road change “tooth and nail”

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Talking Rock’s incoming mayor Randy Banks, left, offers an alternative to a plan presented by the state transportation officials during a meeting on the Antioch Church Road/Highway 515 intersection Monday.
     A group of Talking Rock business owners expressed vigorous opposition to a state proposed change in the intersection at Antioch Church Road and Highway 515 in a Monday night forum. Georgia Transportation officials believe the change would improve safety there.
“We live here and we do not like this,” Talking Rock council member Cheryl Sams told representatives from the Ga. Department of Transportation (GDOT). “We will go as high as we have to [to stop this]. We will fight you tooth and nail.”
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Jasper Merchants announces 2016 plans



Incoming officers for Jasper Merchants Association (l-r) Kirk Raffield, vice president; Haley Bouchie, president: Susan Horton, treasurer; and Paul Poore, secretary. 

The Jasper Merchants Association would like to announce our board of directors for the next two years. President elect is Haley Bouchie of ALL-A-CART Mobile Food Service. Vice President elect is Kirk Raffield who is an individual member. Treasurer elect is Susan Horton of Horton’s Pet

Woodstock man kills mother


     Cherokee Sheriff's deputies responded to the Brookmill Apartments off Highway 92 in Woodstock Sunday night at approximately 9pm after a 21 year old man called 911 and told dispatchers he had killed his mother during a domestic dispute. Deputies arrived at the apartment and located Michael Jacobs, 21 years old of Woodstock, and his deceased mother Melony Jacobs, 54 years old of Woodstock, inside the apartment. The victim appeared to

Schools donate to CARES food pantry


     CARES would like to thank our local area schools for the generous donations given to us during the holiday season.  These donations allow us to continue to feed those that are in need of help.  We would like to thank Pickens High School and Leslie Zuidema, Tate Elementary and Gina Pyles, Pickens County Middle School and Paula Henderson, Jasper Elementary and Jennie Hutto Smith and Principal David Wilds, and Harmony Elementary and Susan Anderson.  Harmony Elementary has gone above and beyond leading all schools in donations for the past several years.

Ga. gas prices fall to start year


January 4- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.89/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.99/g, according to gasoline price website

Areas nearby Georgia and their current gas price climate:
Augusta- $1.85/g, down 2.8 cents per gallon from last week's $1.88/g.
Macon- $1.85/g, down 1.2 cents per gallon from last week's $1.86/g.
Atlanta- $1.90/g, down 1.5 cents per gallon from last week's $1.92/g.

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 29.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 8.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 5.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 19.9 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"Talk about starting the New Year off right," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. "The national average at $1.99 is a great way to begin 2016, and over twenty cents lower than where we started 2015. The good news is that we could see even more price drops before the seasonal lift that will likely begin as we push towards Spring. For any Americans that made resolutions to try and spend less at the pump this year, I think they will be in good shape to achieve that. The fundamentals of oil remain weak which will contribute to low oil prices for some time, while gasoline demand will likely move lower now with the holidays behind us, putting downward pressure on gasoline prices," DeHaan said.

GasBuddy will be unveiling its 2016 Fuel Outlook in the weeks ahead, which will shed light on what the fuel price climate will be for motorists in the year ahead.

For a complete listing of current averages and other fuel price data, visit For fuel news and alerts, follow @GasBuddyNews on Twitter.


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