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Christmas parades this weekend

Seasonal celebrations in Ball Ground, Jasper, rain-or-shine

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City of Jasper employees prune the trees on Main Street then put Christmas lights up ahead of festivities this weekend.
   

 

     “Bundle up and come on out,” said Jasper Merchants Association President Nancy Watkins on the 7th annual Night of Lights Parade Saturday, Dec. 7 in Jasper. Ball Ground is also taking a show-must-go-on attitude for their Christmas Parade, Friday night beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Mitton's "Yes to the Dress" to air Friday

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       Lindsay Mitton and fiance Caleb Rice will be on TLC this Friday night.

 

     From bridesmaid to bride, Lindsay Mitton’s Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta will air this Friday, Dec. 6th at 9 pm on TLC. The local bride has served in 15 weddings and will herself be married to fiancé Caleb Rice on December 14th. She is the daughter of Mark and Amy Mitton of Jasper.

 

Gas prices drop 4.5 cents a gallon

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Georgia, December 2- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.22/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.25/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 4.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 0.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 1.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 14.2 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 

"With the Thanksgiving behind us it appears that a nominal decline in retail gasoline prices will ring in the first week of December for most parts of the country," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski. "With the government's report of healthy fuel inventories and U.S. refinery output reaching its highest level since early October, the savings at the pump is coming just in time," Laskoski added. 


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Capitol reporter offers analysis of Affordable Care Act

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By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter
    Regular readers know that I have written extensively on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    As a result, I have been barraged with both questions and strong political commentary. 
    During the course of reading everything I can get my hands on (including major parts of the bill) and talking to experts on the law (as well as

 

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.