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Powerball rises to $168M



ATLANTA – Powerball is soaring and Georgia Lottery players can score big as the jackpot has rolled to $168 million for Saturday’s jackpot drawing.



The jackpot has grown since Oct. 6 and has rolled 10 times.


Powerball offers two payment options: the $168 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $108 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 $13.8 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 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: Nov. 10, 2012

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $168 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $108 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: Oct. 6, 2012
Number of Rolls: 10
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Oct. 3, 2012 – $50 million jackpot (Delaware winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: Feb. 18, 2006 – $365 million jackpot (Nebraska winner)

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Is a bad winter approaching for southeastern U.S.?



Pickens Fire Chief Bob Howard does not claim to be a weatherman. But, “I do listen to the professionals and the consensus is this could be a bad winter,” Howard said last week.

The meteorologists that Howard follows predict this winter could be similar to the snowy, icy and cold conditions the southeastern United States saw in the late 1970s.

For anyone too young to remember back that far, it would be like two years ago when Pickens County was hit with a series of winter storms – but slightly worse is expected this year.

Read entire story in our print and e-editions, now on sale

Counterfeit merchandise ring busted in Jasper


Scores of contraband watches and purses were seized from an Acworth man who planned to sell the fake goods to buyers he contacted through Craigslist.  From left, Sgt. Pat Seals, Corp. Brandon Duncan, Sheriff Donnie Craig, and Det. Marc Phipps look over the merchandise at the Criminal Investigation Division office.




People hoping for a fake Rolex or Louis Vuitton purse this Christmas may be disappointed after Pickens Sheriff officers working with corporate investigators took a large haul of the counterfeit luxury items off the streets last week. See complete story in our e-edition.



Barnes win commission race; Troglin wins tax comish



Jerry Barnes easily won the west Pickens commission seat, while incumbent Sharon Troglin won a tight race for tax commissioner in the two local races on Tuesday’s ballot.

Barnes handily defeated democrat Sally Sue Bradley to join Becky Denney and Commission Chair Rob Jones as the first multi-member board of commissioners. Barnes took 84 percent of the votes from the western district.

Barnes said following the vote Tuesday,  that the seven months of campaigning including the primary and this race had been tough, but he looks forward to getting to work. He cited the courthouse project and budget issues as top priorities.

“We’ll have folks with different ideas coming together,” he said. “I believe we can make a difference.”


   In the other local race, Sharon Troglin, who ran as an independent, defeated former Nelson Mayor David Leister running as a republican, 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. Troglin finished with 6,235 to Leister’s 5,778. 

Pickens voters showed a strong preference for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in the presidential race  with the challenger taking 83 percent of the 12,671 cards cast here.

Pickens voters also gave wide margins of victory to the the two Republicans in the congressional races here with Tom Graves and Doug Collins winning handily.



Bumper stickers considered “campaigning”

Voters angered over enforcement of polling place law


    The owner of this vehicle was asked to move when a poll worker spotted the Romney/Ryan bumper sticker. According to the elections officer, bumper stickers are considered “campainging” at polling places.

     Early afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 25, a voter squealed his car out of the gravel parking lot at the Pickens Elections Office after being told his Romney/Ryan bumper sticker was considered campaigning and he would have to either cover it up or move the vehicle.