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Atlanta Falcons Cash Blowout lottery game launched

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery and the Atlanta Falcons are teaming up for a new game, giving lottery players and football fans a chance to score big.

Atlanta Falcons Cash Blowout is a $5 instant game with cash prizes up to $250,000.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the Georgia Lottery and the Falcons have partnered to introduce a new game.

Atlanta Falcons Cash Blowout tickets go on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide today.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.6 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 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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Barnes wins GOP race for District 1; Sosebee wins DA




     Jerry Barnes won the GOP’s nomination for the west Pickens commission seat in Tuesday’s runoff. He will face Democrat Sally Sue Bradley in the November  Election for District 1 Commissioner.

     The winner of that race will join Chairman Rob Jones and East District Commissioner Becky Denney as part of the first three member commission for Pickens County.

     Barnes beat Marty Callahan 954 votes to 749 in the race. Barnes took 56 percent of the vote.

     In the race for District Attorney, challenger B. Alison Sosebee won handily across the circuit, taking wide margins in both Fannin and Gilmer counties. There is no Democrat in the race, so Sosebee’s victory Tuesday assures that she will take the office in January.

Statement from B. Alison Sosebee

Statement from Joe Hendricks congratulating Sosebee

West Pickens model battling ovarian cancer

     canadaflight    Above, Amie Moore just before boarding her flight at the Pickens County Airport.

     It wasn't Casablanca or that plane to Lisbon waiting to wing aloft at misty midnight, but West Pickens native Amie Moore looked every bit the movie star boarding a twin-engine aircraft leaving Jasper's airport Monday afternoon, August 6. Aboard with her mother, grandmother and five others, Moore was set for a three and a half hour flight, destination: Hanover, Ontario, Canada.

     An aspiring model, Moore turned 22 in Canada August 11, while spending a week there as Miss Tour of Dreams, the face of Project Track Champion, a push to make the experience of auto racing more accessible to the disabled. Canadian, Denny Snider, a racing presence in his home country, discovered Moore and signed her up as the new and pretty face of the project.

4-H Horse Club Kick off meeting Saturday


The Pickens 4-H Horse Club will kick off their 3rd year this Saturday. Parents and youth ages 9-19 are invited to the Pickens County Extension office Saturday August 25th 10 a.m.-11 a.m. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the club and sign up. 

PHS band director keyed up for 2012 season


Above, the 2012-2013 PHS Band.

Submitted by PHS Band publicity


     What if the world experienced a disaster?  Would someone rise to bring humanity back to where we belong? 
      The PHS Bands explores these questions with the 2012 show entitled “The Guardian”.  The show will feature music by the groups Muse, Imogen Heap, Radiohead and the Foo Fighters.      The field show will include a Guardian (played by feature twirler, Ellyn Duncan) who helps lead the band out of the destruction of a cataclysmic event and into safety and prosperity.  Utilizing voice overs and dramatic acting in addition to marching, the show will be a fun show to watch by football audiences and judges alike.