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Sheriff investigating death of horse, donkey

Ten other animals found in a malnourished state


 One of the starving horses found at a Yellow Creek area pasture.


     In what is being called one of the most severe animal cruelty cases ever seen by the Pickens sheriff’s office, investigators are looking at conditions that led to the likely starvation deaths of a horse and a baby burro and the severely emaciated condition of ten other animals.
     Local Save the Horses supporter Chipa Wolfe wrote in an e-mail to the Progress of the shock that he and other volunteers had upon finding the condition of the animals.

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Angels on Horseback looking for new volunteers



Angels on Horseback is looking for a few good men, women, or teenagers to help with lessons on Sat. a.m., Tues. a.m and probably another morning during the summer for our friends with mental or physical disabilities.  Only 4 hours of your time is needed once each week!  The summer session will be 8 weeks long and will be taught in the shade of our beautiful arena under the sweetgum trees.  You are right!  That is very COOL!

Powerball reaches over $250M for Wednesday’s drawing


An estimated $257M is up for grabs to a single annuity winner

ATLANTA – The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing has topped an estimated $257 million to a single annuity winner. The Powerball jackpot has grown since April 26 and has rolled 13 times.


A winning ticket worth $10,000 was sold in Marietta from Saturday’s drawing.


Powerball offers two payment options: the $257 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $151 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 $15.3 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $257 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $151 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: April 26, 2014
Number of Rolls: 13
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: April 23, 2014 – $148.8 million jackpot (Florida winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp. and Powerball, please visit: and


Boater education to be mandatory for some operators

boat     SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (June 6, 2014) –What do you know about life jacket safety, the 100-foot law, minimum age limits for boat operators, boating under the influence?  These are just a few examples of things you should

"Play On!" plays on at Tater Patch theater


Cathy Simmons gives direction to her cast during a rehearsal of Murder Most Foul.
L-R: Chris Kirkland,  Dezerea Brown, Simmons and Steve Lewis.

By Pat Jewell
Tater Patch Players
     Calling all theater goers and thespians! Play On! is for you and your family, friends and neighbors. Come and enjoy this play about a play and laugh at the problems, situations and frustrations faced by a troupe as it prepares for a show.