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Governor Deal launches landmark initiative to improve childhood fitness


SHAPE merges efforts to combat obesity by promoting exercise and better nutritional options

Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Public Health today launched Georgia SHAPE, a statewide program merging governmental, philanthropic and academic and business communities to address childhood obesity.

“This affects all of us,” Deal said. “We must work together to improve the health of children in our state. Some suggest that we’re raising the first generation of American kids to have shorter life expectancy then their parents because of problems related to obesity. We can and will do better to promote healthy lifestyles.”

Flanked by First Lady Sandra Deal; Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health; and representatives from the Atlanta Falcons; the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation; the Atlanta Braves; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Coca-Cola and other important leaders, Deal challenged Georgians to tackle the state’s childhood obesity epidemic head on.

County pool open

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Above, head lifeguard Matthew Godfrey and Pickens County Maintenance Supervisor Eric Chalkiadi make some final repairs before the pool opens this weekend.

 

Monday afternoon, maintenance workers at the county pool were busy preparing for opening day, expected to happen sometime over Memorial Day weekend.

     “We’ve got the pool filled and all the chemicals in,” said Pickens County Parks & Recreation Department Director Melinda Goss. “Now we’re just waiting for our final inspection from the health department, and we can open it up. We think that’s going to be this week sometime.”

Think gas prices rise before a summer holiday? Only a myth, says expert

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Georgia, May 21- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 6.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.70/g, according to gasoline price website GeorgiaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 36.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 30.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 15.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 13.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Qualifying for July election ends Friday

vote            Qualifying for the July 31, 2012 elections will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 and end at noon on Friday, May 25, 2012, according to a press release from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

Candidates who would like to run for the Nelson council seat must qualify at the Pickens County Elections Office.

According to Pickens County Elections Officer Julianne Roberts, candidates for all other local races must qualify with their party.

One injured, restaurant damaged in Zaxby’s Fire

One employee was injured and the Zaxby’s Restaurant damaged by a fire that occurred Friday morning as employees were opening for the day.

Jasper Assistant Fire Chief Von Headrick said the fire started as they were lighting the fryers and involved kitchen grease. He said the employee lighting the deep fryer was blown across the room and suffered some first degree (least serious) burns.

The windows to the drive thru were open and the flames were sucked out causing damage to the glass around the drive thru of the restaurant near Highway 515.

Headrick said crews from Jasper, the county, and volunteer stations had no difficulty extinguishing the blaze. “We had it out within 15 minutes,” he said.

The fire crews wanted to thank nearby restaurants Taco Bell, Bojangles and Julee's for providing water and food.