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Lack of rules keeps venues out of county

Pickens County Seal 3d    In Pickens County, “rock and roll ain’t noise pollution” -- there are no noise ordinances.
    But instead of creating an atmosphere of rockin’ and rollin’ all night long, businesses wanting to create festivals, special event venues and even wedding locations are being shown a cold shoulder.
    See our print or online editions for the full story.

Caged snakes found at Freehome shooting

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Cherokee County Sheriff Press Release

 

Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. April 14, 2014. Cherokee sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:30pm to 480 Hester Drive in the Freehome community in reference to a person shot. At the location they found David Welchel, 40 years old of

Unwanted Pickens dogs migrate north

County hits 90 percent adoption rate at shelter

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    Calling New England home now, this black lab sat for months in the county shelter unwanted in this area before being sent to a new owner in Nantucket, Massachusetts where he happily roams the beaches.

    With a national euthanization rate of 56 percent for dogs and 71 percent for cats, data complied by the National Council on Pet Population, an animal shelter with an adoption rate of over 90 percent is nothing to paw at.

Gas prices rise 7.7 cents per gallon in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 7.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.55/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com

   Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 7.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 20.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 7.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 
   "Gasoline prices have seen an ever so slight increase in the last week across a good portion of the nation, which is certainly good news for spring break travelers," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "For those who may be headed to California, they may be greeted with rising prices to the tune of 10-20 cents per gallon over the next two weeks. For much of the rest of the country, including Florida destinations, prices shouldn't be holding many back from hitting the road. This spring has seen very little volatility so far, and if it remains that way, I may have to revise downward my forecast for gas prices for the rest of April and May, which my wallet would certainly love," DeHaan said.

   About GasBuddy -  GasBuddy operates GeorgiaGasPrices.com and over 250 similar websites that track gasoline prices at over 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app which has been downloaded over 25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.