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Nominations sought for Ga. historic places in peril

ATLANTA, April 10 - The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking nominations for its 2014 list of 'Places in Peril,' an annual accounting of the state's 10 most endangered historic places. The list is designed to raise awareness about Georgia's significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, including buildings, structures, districts, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes that are threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy. The submission deadline is Monday, June 3; the list will be announced in October.


Historic properties are selected for listing based on several criteria:

  • Sites must be listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or the Georgia Register of Historic Places.
  • Sites must be subject to a serious threat to their existence or historical, architectural and/or archaeological integrity.
  • There must be a demonstrable level of community commitment and support for the preservation of listed sites.
How to Nominate a Site: 
Please visit
 for a nomination form. Additional information about past 'Places in Peril' sites can also be found on our website. Nominations must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than Monday, June 3.
Sites that have been placed on previous years' lists have includedthe Cowen House in Acworth, which was sold and rehabilitated through The Georgia Trust's Revolving Fund program; the Wren's Nest, home of folklore writer Joel Chandler Harris in Atlanta, which has undergone extensive restoration since its 2007 listing; Bibb Mill in Columbus, which was destroyed by fire just weeks after it was placed on the 2009 list; Old Hawkinsville High School in Pulaski County, which won a Preservation Award from the Trust in 2011; and Mary Ray Memorial School in Coweta County, which won a Preservation Award from the Trust in 2012.


Celebrating 40 years, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country's largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. The Trust is committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia's communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all.


The Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia's 10 "Places in Peril." The Trust helps revitalize downtowns by providing design and technical assistance in 102 Georgia Main Street cities; trains Georgia's teachers in 63 Georgia school systems to engage students in discovering state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts.


To learn more about The Georgia Trust and the Places in Peril program, visit


Gas prices continue to drop



Georgia, April 22- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.32/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.50/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 41.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 20.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 14.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 34.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 

"The slow trend downward in the nationl average has survived another week," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "While unprecedented, the decline in the national average certainly has delighted motorists who are used to large spikes in gasoline prices that come with the territory of springtime. With Memorial Day just five weeks away, there's good news for motorists: prices will likely continue to lag behind year ago levels," DeHaan said.

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Don't miss ArtFest this weekend


By Bettina Huseby
Progress Contributor

    Hipsters, yipsters and day-tripsters are all invited to the third annual Jasper ArtFest this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Listen to country and bluegrass music and see the work of 60 regional artists. Munch on novelty foods. Check out the Woodbridge Inn’s open air Biergarten.
    Admission to the festival is free. Organizer Ron Barnes hopes to see you all there. Check out what’s going on below. If you’d like more information visit

Plein Air Contest


    Fancy yourself a better artist than Van Gogh, Monet, or Renoir? Then you must enter the timed art competition hosted at Sharptop Arts Center, located at 68 D.B. Carroll Street, behind the Old Jail and Jasper Café. First prize is $150. Second prize is $100, and third prize is $50. Bring your own paint, and report to 68 Carroll Street on Saturday at 8 a.m. $10 buys your entry and a certified canvas. You’ll have 8 hours to complete your fresh air masterpiece for the 4 p.m. judging.

ArtFest Music
    Don’t forget your gee-tar. Saturday’s musical guests are Steve Stone, Justin Godfrey, Steve Moore & Steve Arnold, and the Jordan Grassi Band. After 4 p.m., it’ll be an open mic. The Marble Valley Community Choir will perform Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Sharptop Arts Center’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy booth.
    Sunday’s performers are young Aspen Countryman, Ryan Boss, Sherry Richardson and Eric Reinhardt.

Youth athlete concussion bill awaits Deal's approval



By Pam O’Del

Capitol Reporter

    Should Gov. Deal allow HB284 to become law, youth exhibiting signs of a concussion during organized sporting events must be pulled from the activity. They must then be evaluated and approved to return to that activity by a qualified health care professional.
    The bill also requires public and private schools to design and implement a “concussion management and return to play” policy and to notify parents of the risks concussions present to their child. The bill simply encourages other youth sporting organizations to do so.

School budget cuts discussed in PHS' Dragons' Lair News


See this week's print or online editions for reports from the PHS publication, Dragons' Lair News. In this week's edition you'll find stories on how budget cuts are affecting class choice, commentary on the proposed water park resort in Talking Rock, and news about school happenings.