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Jordan new postmaster for Jasper


    New Postmaster Michael Jordan with his wife and daughter.


     Michael Jordan officially took over as the Jasper postmaster on April 30. Jordan will have worked for the United States Post office for 21 years in November. 
     He started right out of high school in Woodstock. He has worked at different locations and was the postmaster in Rydal for the last two years. He has been married to wife Melissa for 20 years has a daughter Tiffany, who is 19. The family lives in Ball Ground.

Pickens GOP conducting straw poll for local, statewide races

     The local Republican party is conducting a straw poll for preferences in local and state races through May 13th.
  The link directly to the survey is
    The poll asks for the respondent’s preference in all the local races: Commission Chair, Coroner, Tax Commissioner and Board of Education Post 1 as well as pertinent state offices and congressional races.

Lucas executed for 1998 murder of father and two children


ATLANTA- The lawfully ordered execution of Daniel Anthony Lucas for the 1998 murder of eleven-year-old Bryan Moss, fifteen-year-old Kristin Moss, and their father Steven Moss, was carried out Wednesday evening at 9:54 pm at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, Georgia. The sentence was carried out after the United States Supreme Court denied Lucas’ request for a stay of execution.

Information on Lucas’ crimes and case history can be found at

Gas prices up nearly 8 cents


     Georgia, GA, May 2- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 7.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 8.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.22/g, according to gasoline price website

Graves votes to protect email accounts from warrantless searches


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), bipartisan legislation that updates privacy protections for emails maintained by third-party service providers, such as Google and Yahoo. Email privacy laws were last updated in 1986. 

“The last time Congress updated email privacy laws, I was a junior in high school, had a CB radio in my truck, listened to music from a cassette tape and longed for parachute pants,” said Rep. Graves. “The vast changes in how Americans use technology since 1986 require updates to federal privacy laws. This legislation ensures Fourth Amendment privacy protections are the same for email and other digital content as they are for traditional mail and physical documents. In other words, this legislation puts a stop to government creepers. No more reading your emails without a warrant.”
Rep. Graves is a cosponsor of H.R. 699. Additionally, during the 113th Congress, Rep. Graves developed and introduced the Email Privacy Act with Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS-03).