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Roadside mowing next week on Hwy. 53

 As part of its integrated roadside vegetation management program, Georgia DOT Maintenance crews begin on Monday their work on trimmingovergrown vegetation along State Route (SR) 53 in Pickens County. Work will proceed daily between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. 

Integrated roadside vegetation management is a method to bring together social and cultural elements, biological concerns, and mechanical treatments to economically manage roadsides for motorist safety, environmental health and visual quality.                       


WHEN:           Monday, October 6 through Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.


WHERE:        SR 53 in Pickens County



Jackpot hits jaw-dropping $105M for Mega Millions

ATLANTA – Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $105 million to a single annuity winner. As the jackpot continues to roll, excitement across Georgia is growing.


Nine tickets worth $5,000 were sold throughout the state from Friday’s Mega Millions drawing. Those tickets were sold in Trenton, Norcross, Fort Gaines, Buford, Sardis, Dublin, Villa Rica, Marietta and Roswell.


The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Aug. 26 and has rolled 10 times.


Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $105 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $62 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.


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


Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.5 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.




Draw Date: Sept. 30, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $105 million

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

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $62 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: Aug. 26, 2014

Number of Rolls: 10

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 22, 2014 – $180 million (California) 

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

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


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


In latest Ga. Supreme Court rulings, Non-dependent mother denied death benefits


Ga. Supreme Court reverses burglary conviction

of immigrant over deportation issue


Published Monday, September 22, 2014


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            The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously reversed the burglary conviction of a man who is not an American citizen, on the ground that his court-appointed attorney failed to tell him in no uncertain terms that by pleading guilty to the offense, he would be deported.

Wednesday lantern ceremony starts Domestic Violence Awareness Month

   October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

   Often times having been seen as a private matter best hidden behind closed doors, domestic violence has become an issue of national concern. 

   We have changed our laws, transformed our culture, and improved support services for survivors and although we have made substantial progress in reducing domestic violence, one in four women

$2 Million winning Powerball ticket sold at West End


Powerball jackpot hits $196M for Saturday’s drawingpowerball


A winning ticket worth $2 million was sold at West End Grocery in Jasper from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, according to the Ga. Lottery media relations. The winner had not come forward as of Friday afternoon. A lottery official said the winner has 180 days to claim their prize.


 Powerball is on a roll as the jackpot reaches nearly $200 million for Saturday’s drawing. Saturday’s drawing is at an estimated $196 million to a single annuity winner, and the excitement is growing across Georgia.

The Powerball jackpot has grown since Aug. 13 and has rolled 11 times.

Powerball offers two payment options: the $196 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $116 million. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

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