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Moto Mountain Park reopening date pushed back


Moto Mountain, a large off-road park, announced a temporary closing in July for a “major motion picture” shoot. The park has yet to reopen, leaving riders concerned. The Progerss spoke with owner C.B. Jones, who said the park will reopen later this year. See full story in this week's print or online editions

Mr. and Miss PHS announced


Suzy Price / Photo

Mr. and Miss PHS, Tucker Green and Sydney Romine were announced along with the rest of the Pickens High court Friday at the Dragons home game. Suzy Price / Photo

The PHS Court was presented last Friday night before the home football game at Pickens High School. Those on court were selected through votes by PHS seniors, and then a second vote was taken to select Mr. and Miss PHS (Tucker Green and Sydney Romine) from the people on the court. 

Ground broken on first house in Habitat For Humanity subdivision


     “This house is a gift from God,” says new Habitat for Humanity homeowners. Shown (l-r)Habitat president Steve Greenwell, Don Russell, new home mom Jessica holding Trey, dad Randy, son Zackery and chair of Habitat Construction Committee Grady Hopper.


 By Max Caylor

Contributing Writer

     “Welcome to 99 Hope Street and the groundbreaking of our first house in New Hope Acres,” stated Habitat president Steve Greenwell, greeting over 50 people from the community including Habitat board members. 

More common sense, less Common Core, message at forum


State Superintendent on “funny math,” and other education issues at GOP meeting


By Eileen Steinhauer

Contributing Writer


More common sense, less Common Core and a child-centered approach were the themes at last week’s education forum hosted by the Pickens County GOP and featuring Georgia State Superintendent Richard Woods.  

Powerball jackpot climbs to $235M for drawing Wednesday



ATLANTA – Powerball has climbed to a cool $235 million jackpot estimated to a single annuity winner for Wednesday’s drawing.


One winning ticket worth $10,000 was sold in West Point from Saturday’s drawing.


The Powerball jackpot began rolling Aug. 5 and has rolled 14 times.


Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $235 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $148 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 $16.5 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 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $235 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $148 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: Aug. 5, 2015
Number of Rolls: 14
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 1, 2015 – $110 million jackpot (California)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)



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