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Free crochet classes offered at library




By Laiken Owens

 Intern Reporter

   Crochet classes are offered at the Pickens library, Burnt Mountain Road, on Tuesday at both 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

   The free classes are about an hour and a half long, but sometimes last two hours.

   “You can come to one class or the other, or both,” said Cathy Connell a crochet class member.

   Anyone is welcome whether an expert or a beginner. “We’ll help you get started,” said Nettie Corley, another crochet class member.

   Connell said, “It’s no loss if you mess up, just start over.”


Wholesale gas prices nearing yearly lows

Drivers benefit from lower crude oil prices

gaspump      Georgia, October 28- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.6 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 fallen 5.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.30/g, according to gasoline price website
     Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 13.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are  unchanged versus a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 26.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 


Basketball season starts rolling at Rec. Department


Ages 9-10 boys’ skills evaluation at the Roper Park Community Center last weekend.


By Haley Lacuesta

Rec. Department 


Boys and girls aged 4-14 met for the first time at the Pickens County Rec. Department on Saturday for the first step in 2013 youth basketball season.

After registration ended on Oct. 7, the Parks and Recreation Department received dozens of young applicants on the courts all day for a skills evaluation. The children lined the walls of the gym and demonstrated their abilities through a series of dribbling and shooting drills. The teams will be in-house only and are divided by age and sex. The season runs through January with the goal of allowing every child a chance to play.


Mowing on Hwys. 108 & 372 this week


As part of its integrated roadside vegetation management program, Georgia DOT Maintenance crews will resume their work on trimming overgrown vegetation along State Route (SR) 108 and SR 372 in Cherokee County.  Work will proceed daily between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. 

 Integrated roadside vegetation management is a method to bring together social and

cultural elements, biological  concerns, and mechanical treatments to economically manage roadsides for

 motorist safety, environmental health and visual quality.                       


WHEN:          Monday, October 28 through Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.


WHERE:       SR 108 and SR 372 in Cherokee County



Q&A with Stearns Bank’s new Ga. president

     Jasper seen as hub of national bank’s presence in Georgia   




    Stearns Bank recently appointed Dick Carlton as the national bank’s Georgia president.
    Carlton has worked in Georgia banks for 35 years, most recently serving as EVP and president of two community banks in this state.
    He has been married for 32 years to Vicki, who is also a banker in Atlanta. They have a son, Matt, who attends Kennesaw State University. The couple live in north Cherokee County. Carlton is president of the Canton Rotary Club.