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The $700,000 Bag Lady

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    Cheryl Blankinship lived a quiet life but left a significant impact.

By Dan Huth
Progress contributor

    [Writer’s Note: Over the years I gained Cheryl's confidence, became her friend. She was able to express herself more clearly using a keyboard than in person, and often shared her thoughts in e-mails.  Sensing something special about this person, I saved these e-mails, which now enrich this article with her own voice.]  

 



    Cheryl Blankinship didn't have a car, and would only reluctantly ask friends to take her shopping. When she did leave her run down double-wide for a shopping trip, she'd split her list between Fred’s and Sav-A-Lot, letting a few cents savings determine where to make each purchase. Then she'd shuffle through wrinkled coupons, wrenching every last drop from every last penny—squeezing a nickel until the proverbial buffalo howled. Her wardrobe came from the Community Thrift Store.
    And she gave over $700,000 to Pickens County charities.

To read more about The $700,000 Bag Lady Cheryl Blankinship check out this week's print or online editions.

 

Jones infuriated over delayed 2012 audit

County not at fault for late financials, says chair
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      According to Pickens County Commission Chair Rob Jones, the firm conducting the county’s 2012 audit – will not be asked to submit a bid for 2013.
    That’s because Jones says R.L. Jennings & Associates is months behind completing last year’s audit.

$205M in the pot for Mega Millions drawing

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ATLANTA – The estimated Mega Millions jackpot to a single annuity winner is at $205 million for Tuesday’s drawing, and lottery players across Georgia are excited about minting the largest prize just days before Thanksgiving.

 

The jackpot began rolling Oct. 4 and has rolled 15 times.

 

Four winning tickets worth $5,000 were sold in Vidalia, Byron, LaFayette and Stockbridge from the Nov. 22 drawing.

 

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $205 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $110 million.

 

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.

 

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

 

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.8 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.

 

MEGA MILLIONS

Draw DateTuesday, November 26, 2013

Estimated Jackpot Amount$205 million

Annuity AmountJackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $110 million

Cost to Play: $1 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Megaplier

Drawings11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:14

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:259 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Oct. 4, 2013

Number of Rolls: 15

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Oct. 1, 2013 - $189 million (Maryland winner)

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 - $656 million (Maryland, Illinois and Kansas winners)

 

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

www.galottery.comwww.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.megamillions.com 

Sheriff's Auxiliary treasurer arrested for taking funds

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From Sheriff Office Press Release

"On Monday November 25th, Carolyn Diane Green turned herself into the Pickens Sheriff’s Office for the offense of Felony Theft by Taking.

Green had served as the Treasurer for the Pickens Sheriff’s Auxiliary. The Pickens Sheriff’s Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide support to the employees of the Sheriff’s Office in times of sickness or hardships and supports the Pickens County Community in times of disaster by operating and managing an emergency shelter.

 

During an audit of the financial records, some discrepancies were found that created suspicion. To avoid any possibility of a conflict of interest in the investigation, Sheriff Craig requested that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) complete the investigation into the matter. Upon completion, GBI agents found evidence that led to the arrest of Ms. Green for Felony Theft by Taking.

 

Gas prices rise slightly at the pump

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Georgia, November 25- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 6.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.25/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.26/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com