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Ball Ground man wins $12,500 in lottery "second chance"

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Georgia Lottery winner Mark Slaker, right, is pictured with his wife, Denise, their two daughters and Georgia Lottery spokesman John Crow.


ATLANTA – A Ball Ground father has won an extensive prize from the Georgia Lottery. Mark Slaker won a $12,500 prize from being selected as a grand prize winner in the Georgia Lottery’s Play It Again Reloaded Second Chance Promotion.


JeepFest roars out of the gate with new venue


       Sheriff office staff Kris Stancil, Sheriff Donnie Craig and Wayne Cooley at the new JeepFest venue in Marble Hill. Organizers wanted an event where they could leave structures in place for several years.

     The annual Sheriff’s JeepFest got into high gear immediately for 2015 with 364 Jeep owners registering in the first 24 hours after web registration was activated.
    Total registrations, t-shirt/hat sales, camping reservations and other online commerce for the September 4-6 event generated $24,100 in the first day of business at their website.

Pickens jail housing Sandy Springs inmates


     They are not here for the scenery but a group of what you might call forced tourists should be a boon for Pickens tax payers.
    Since June 1, the Pickens jail has played host to 20-25 prisoners every day from the city of Sandy Springs, with the city paying Pickens County $40 a day/per inmate.

Bow tie revolution: Finally an easier way to tie super cool fashion statement


    UGA students and business partners at Classic City Cotton: (l-r) Founder Ancel Briley, along with Andrew Goodman, and Harrison Boza, all wearing the company’s product – “classic-tied bow ties.”
    Ask any style columnist and they will tell you bow ties are cool. They are the formal accouterment of choice for men across the political and social spectrum. From hipsters to right wing columnists, the bow tie is hot.
    But those suckers are so hard to tie.
    Enter an Athens, Ga. company started by a group of fraternity brothers, Classic City Cotton.