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New Ford dealership wants to be part of community

“I’d rather help make a deal than lose a customer” says manager


     For decades the local Ford dealership was run by the Jones family - first Vernie then his children Jim Sr. and Mary Bryant. Jim Jr. joined the ranks later. In December, Greg Shottenkirk purchased the dealership from the family. The veteran staff, pictured above, is joined by new general manager Jamie Mundth, far right. 

      The general manager at Shottenkirk Ford may be one of the only new faces at the dealership, formerly Vernie Jones Ford, but he plans to be more aggressive in making deals happen as the new auto dealership joins the Pickens community. 

Mardi Gras in Mountains coming Feb. 14


The Rotary Club of Jasper and Chamber Business After Hours are masked and crowned preparing for Mardi Gas in the Mountains on Saturday, February 14, from 6:30-11 p.m. at Chattahoochee Tech.  Tickets, sponsorship and voting for Pickens  County King nominee Jack Short and Queen nominee Margy Lohman may be done at  All proceeds benefit local non-profits for the good of the community.

Legislation calls for sale of protected lands, purchase of others


     Today, Congressman Doug Collins (GA-09) introduced the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act to facilitate transfer of under-used U.S. Forest Service lands to private hands, a move to boost Northeast Georgia’s recreation and economy.

Powerball loaded with $230M jackpot for Saturday’s drawing



ATLANTA – Powerball is loaded with a multi-million dollar jackpot for Saturday’s drawing. The jackpot is estimated at $230 million to a single annuity winner.


The Powerball jackpot has grown since Dec. 3 and has rolled 15 times.


Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $230 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $157 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.


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.



Draw Date: Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $230 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $157 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: 15
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. and Powerball, please visit: and 

PHS honors the 2014-2015 class of the PHS Athletics Hall of Fame



Linda McAfee Hunter, Alonzo Hampton and Cay Roland Reece. 

 On January 15th, 2015, The PHS Athletic Department and the PHS Athletics Hall of Fame Committee inducted the 2014-2015 Class of the Hall of Fame. After a meal, provided by FATZ Restaurant of Jasper, Pickens High School Athletic Director Kyle Rasco gave a brief history of the