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Local stray “Ace” finds work in law enforcement

ACEAnimalShelter “Ace” the Beagle mix as he leaves the local animal shelter to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture program where he is training as a drug detector.
    “Ace” the Beagle, has found his way from a Pickens County stray to work as a drug detector with the United States Department of Agriculture.
    When Pickens Animal Shelter Director Phillip Tippens was called to pick up a stray dog outside of Garner Ace Hardware on East Church Street this summer little did he know the Beagle mix would wind up in law enforcement.

Free outdoor events for national hunting and fishing day


   No matter if you spend a lot of time outdoors or are brand new to such recreational activities, you will most certainly enjoy any of the many FREE celebratory events scheduled for National Hunting and Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Gas prices fall over four cents


September 8- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.24/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.39/g, according to gasoline price website

Georgianna residents petition city hall for speed bumps

georgianna-street-traffic 9861    There are multiple signs along Georgianna Street cautioning motorists to slow down, but residents say it's not enough to keep them from speeding along long stretches like the one above.

     Residents along Georgianna Street in Jasper have presented a petition to city hall asking that “low rise speed bumps” be installed when their road is repaved under current plans.

Powerball jackpot climbs to $133M for drawing Saturday



ATLANTA – As Powerball continues to roll, the jackpot has continued to surge. The jackpot is at an estimated $133 million to a single annuity winner for Saturday’s Powerball drawing.


The jackpot began rolling Aug. 5 and has rolled nine times.


Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $133 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $84 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: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $133 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $84 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: 9
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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