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Gas down about 30 cents from same time last year



Prices still high compared to 21st century historical values







CHICAGO, April 3 -- Consumers in the U.S. saw gasoline prices steam to a record average price in February, but the motor fuel market cooled considerably in March. Contrary to public perception, average first quarter 2013 gas prices averaged below 2012 numbers, GasBuddy reported today. 

In fact, Americans paid about 30cts gal less for gasoline in the most recent Easter Weekend than they paid over the same period in 2012. Gas prices averaged just over $3.64 gal on Good Friday and may dip further in coming days. Consumers paid just over $3.93 gal on Easter Weekend last year. GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan estimates that each penny per gallon translates into about $3.6 million per day in cost differences based on typical demand numbers. Hence, consumers are saving about $108 million each day when current costs are compared to last year.

Double homicide suspect killed in Canton shootout

From Cherokee Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday night at approximately 10:20pm Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were given a G.B.I. lookout for a suspect in a double homicide in Union County. At approximately 11 p.m. deputies located the vehicle that was listed in the lookout. A traffic stop was conducted on Toonigh Road near Morgan Road. The suspect was not inside the vehicle, however, deputies discovered that the suspect was armed and traveling on foot in the area. They received additional information that he was possibly headed to Swan Lane in Canton.

            Deputies were stationed around Swan Lane and made contact with the suspect at approximately 1:23 a.m. Friday morning. The suspect displayed a firearm and refused to comply with a deputy’s command to drop the weapon. Both the deputy and the suspect fired their weapons. The suspect was shot and pronounced dead on the scene. The deputy was not harmed.

            At this time the name of the suspect will not be released. 

Talking Rock water park resort discussed


    An indoor/outdoor water park, 400-room hotel and conference center is in the early stages of talks among developers, the county, and economic development council. 

     County officials recently heard plans for a proposed $130 million indoor/outdoor water park and 400-room resort hotel slated for Talking Rock, a development which could bring hundreds of jobs to the area.
    The tourism impact of this development would also completely change the face of Pickens County’s economy. However, the commissioner representing west Pickens said he has already heard serious concerns from his constituents.

     For comments from local leaders, including the economic developer, the west district commissioner and members of the economic development council see our print and online editions.


Farmers' Market open for the season

See photos and coverage from first weekend in this week's print edition


One of last year’s vendors selling some peaches.

By Jenny Fellenbaum
For the Market

    Fourteen years ago a seed was planted in this community by Kathy Bell. That seed, now the Jasper Farmers’ Market, has grown because of your support.  With “soil” provided by the hard work of Kathy and the first class of Pickens Co. Master Gardeners, “water” provided by a variety of vendors and “sun” provided by you the customer, this seed has blossomed into an established Saturday morning event. “Thank you” is all I can say. It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s definitely heartfelt.

Volunteer firefighters looking for more members


    Firefighters pull a hose to a window to extinguish flames inside a Cove area home last August. The strenuous nature of battling blazes requires many able-bodied volunteers.


    Pickens volunteer fire crews are looking for a few more good men and women to join their ranks. The eight departments in the county are all in need of additional “young able-bodied people who can fight fires.”
    Assistant Fire Chief Curtis Clark said the departments accept volunteers of all physical conditions to help with support-functions, but front-line firefighters are what they need.