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Trails open at Eagle’s Rest (Burnt Mountain area)


Mt. Oglethorpe Foundation announced earlier this spring that trails at their park on the end of Monument Road are open and it great shape, courtesy of work by the local Mt. Stewards trail group. Here is a brief description of the trails supplied by the Mt. Stewards.


Access: Follow Rt. 136 to Burnt Mt. and turn south on Monument Road. Follow Monument Road to the very end (about 5 miles) and enter the Eagle’s Rest site. Drive up the hill to the parking location on the side road off of the main access road. The trails begin off of the parking area.


Powerball jackpot hits $173M; Georgia players gain large prizes


ATLANTA – The Powerball jackpot is surging, reaching a nifty $173 million to a single annuity winner for Saturday’s drawing. The excitement is growing statewide as Georgia players win large prizes, and the jackpot continues to roll.


The Powerball jackpot has grown since April 26 and has rolled 10 times.


A ticket worth $1 million was sold at Shell Food Mart in Douglasville from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. Two additional tickets worth $10,000 were sold in Flowery Branch and Hapeville.


Powerball offers two payment options: the $173 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $102 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: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $173 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $102 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: 10
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)

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Defeat of incumbents shows need for better communication, says school board member


    School board member Byron Long, left, at an earlier campaign forum with incoming member Daniel Bell. Long says with the new members not taking office until January, cooperation between defeated incumbents and incoming members is crucial.

     Following the lopsided ousting of two incumbent school board members in the election last week, Byron Long, who ran unopposed in the primary, took time to talk with the Progress about the bitterness of the election and how he sees the school board moving ahead.

Agents capture man who escaped before by diving in Etowah

From Cherokee County Sheriff Office


On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at about 10 p.m. agents of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) and Cherokee County Deputies arrested Terry Raymond Spriggs, 42 years old of Canton, at a residence in Woodstock, Georgia.  Spriggs was wanted for outstanding warrants from Cherokee County for Possession of Methamphetamine (2 counts) Possession of Cocaine, Violation of Terms of Probation (2 counts).  Agents also charged Spriggs with Theft by Receiving a stolen motorcycle.

Agents had seen Spriggs at a family member’s residence on May 19, and Spriggs had fled from CMANS agents and Canton Police Officers.  Spriggs ultimately escaped by diving into the Etowah River.
CMANS Agents were able to follow Spriggs to the Woodstock residence, and set up a perimeter while they waited on uniformed officers to assist in the arrest.  Spriggs had concealed himself in the Woodstock residence which was occupied by a family with three children.  Agents and Deputies were able to get the family safely out of the home and then search the residence.  Spriggs was discovered hiding in a clothes closet covered with a blanket.

Spriggs was transported to the Cherokee Adult Detention Center in Canton.

The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad is a joint task force working in Cherokee County to investigate drug related violations.  Participating agencies include the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, the Canton Police Department, the Woodstock Police Department, the Holly Springs Police Department, the Ball Ground Police Department, the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office for the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia State Patrol.  Citizens may call in tips anonymously to (770) 345- 7920, or may speak to an agent by calling (678) 493-7625.

JeepFest expected to double in size


    JeepFest 2013 was big, but organizers say this year will be even bigger.

Plans call for only minor changes to the successful fall event.

     Online registration for Pickens County Sheriff’s JeepFest has only been open about a week, but already over 380 Jeep enthusiasts have signed up for the September event that has grown significantly since it began.
    “From what we are seeing on social media and feedback we are hearing our belief is that [JeepFest] will double