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Residents want help stopping Dollar General

“Come back with your shield,” spokesman tells board

dollar-general-meeting     It was a full house at this month’s commissioners’ meeting, where a large group opposed to a Dollar General on Cove Road came to ask for support from county leaders. Jeff Squires, standing, served as spokesman for the group.

     At least 100 upset Grandview-area residents showed up at the July commissioners meeting to ask for help stopping a Dollar General from being built at the corner of Grandview and Cove roads.
    Jeff Squires, spokesman for the group, outlined their concerns – traffic volume, safety, inappropriate land usage for the area, in addition to what they say are blatant violations to county codes at other Dollar General locations and possible destruction of a historical place of interest currently on the site.
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White wins school board runoff


     Challenger Katherine White won a seat on the school board in a landslide Tuesday defeating Mike Cowart, the board’s current chairman.
    White got 1,203 votes to Cowart’s 380.    
    In all 10 percent of the registered voters cast ballots in the primary runoff, a turnout believed to be worst ever in a Pickens election.

Gas prices down over 3 cents


Georgia, GA, July 25- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.00/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.15/g, according to gasoline price website

Pokémon GO hits Main Street


Screenshots from Pokémon GO featuring local spots to find a Pokémon on the popular app.


By Caleb Lambert 

Contributing writer


   What are all of these kids doing on Main Street? They're playing Pokémon GO. 

   This new game is simply downloaded onto your smartphone just like any other app, and then boom, you can  walk around well-known areas such as cities or historical landmarks, like the Oglethorpe Monument or Old Jail in Jasper, and see virtual Pokémon through your phone’s camera.

In a press release, TDS Telecom described it like this, “What is it?
Think of it like a treasure hunt—only the treasure is Pokémon monsters.

A local man’s “giant leap for mankind"


Billy Childers relaxing at his home in Ball Ground. Childers worked for 41 years with the space program including the Apollo moon landings and the Space Shuttle Program.

By Larry Cavender
Contributing writer

    "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Those memorable words were declared by Neil Armstrong 47 years ago this week when he first set foot on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969 as the commander of Apollo 11. A local connection to Armstrong, the moon landing, and many other NASA space missions is a Ball Ground resident who worked with the space program for forty-one years.