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Gas availability still spotty here

Residents asked to maintain regular fuel consumption


Running on fumes - Pickens motorists have been scrambling to find gas as many stations around the county are either low or completely out.

Pickens County is one of many southeastern communities struggling with spotty fuel availability at gas stations, but state and local leaders – who are urging residents not to panic and hoard supply - expects the gas supply problems to be short-lived.
    The shortages are a result of a fuel pipeline leak in Alabama that was discovered on Sept. 9. The Colonial Pipeline, which had to be closed for repairs, is one of two main lines that transports fuel from oil refineries near the Gulf Coast to the metro Atlanta area then up the east coast.

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Tax hike not sitting well


The Pickens County Board of Commissioners look over numbers at a recent hearing on the proposed tax increase.

     The public made it clear they do not approve of a proposed tax hike to give the county an additional 13 percent in operating funds during two meetings at the county administration building Thursday.
    The meeting was required for any government seeking a tax increase, with a final hearing this Thursday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. and the commissioners expected to pass the increased millage in a meeting directly afterwards at 5:30 p.m.
    This move would raise the county millage to 8.2, up from 7.22 last year.
See full story in this week's print or online edition, including a by-the-numbers interview with CFO Faye Harvey.

Looking for the Most Beautiful Pet in Pickens County


     Registration is under way once again for Pickens Animal Rescue's Most Beautiful Pet contest. Here's your chance to show off that glorious fur-friend you brag about to your friends, family and co-workers. Yes, you know who you are!  Well now it's time to really show them off and let the citizens of Pickens County bask in their glory with you and cast their votes to determine who is truly the Most Beautiful Pet in our county. It’s okay if your pet isn’t furry.  Dog, cat, fish, fowl, terrarium or barn inhabitants -- all are welcome to join in!   It's all in good fun and

Old Jail ghosts appear happy with discovery

Future ghost tour planned during the Marble Festival

The Murray County Paranormal Investigations team at a ghost hunt in the Old Jail on Friday, Sept. 9.

    It was well past the witching hour, but the low-hanging half-moon, stained an appropriately spooky shade of amber, had brazenly positioned itself outside my windshield on the drive home --- celestial residue from the paranormal experience I’d just had with a group of ghost hunters.
    Earlier that night, one of the Edwards twins - both members of the Murray County Paranormal Investigations team that conducted a hunt at the Old Jail and the Quinton-Kirby Cabin in downtown Jasper – educated me. He said a “paranormal” experience doesn’t necessarily mean contact was made with the spirit world.

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More hot & dry weather expected into early fall


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    Parts of north Georgia received between 10 and 15 inches of rain during August moving us to what experts are calling drought conditions.

By Pam Knox
University of Georgia

    Rainfall in August reduced the area of extreme drought in northern Georgia. However, abnormally dry conditions and drought expanded in central and south Georgia, especially in coastal areas.
    August’s heat and variable rainfall had a significant impact on agriculture. Army worms became rampant in many pastures. The moist conditions in wet areas led to fungal diseases, which affected peanuts and vegetable crops. Rain hampered the harvest of corn in some locations, while corn in other locations didn’t set kernels