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New DNR maps show where the wild things are

    Species range guide, more info online

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     Scientists, students and backyard naturalists can now explore, within seconds, the range and more of Georgia’s most rare animals and plants.
A new Georgia Wildlife Resources Division web portal blends the agency’s data on occurrences and natural communities with interactive maps to document the in-state ranges of more than 1,250 species, from coldwater darters to velvet sedge.

Beware of rental home scam

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    A professional scammer recently tried turning a real for sale listing of a local home into a bogus rental listing to cheat people out of their cash.
    When Don Martin of Torrey Mountain Properties posted a listing of a Jasper home for sale on the First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) site, he hoped to sell the home quickly. 

Guns as Good as Gold

Firearm purchases skyrocket during uncertain times

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    Josh Fitts of Appalachian Gun & Pawn demonstrates how to load a Ruger Scout  Rifle. The Fitts family, who owns the store, says the most popular guns are Glocks, Smith & Wessons and Rugers. In just two days the store sold 12 guns.

     A report released last month from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms showed a massive spike in national firearms manufacturing in recent years, which more than doubled since 2008 and more than tripled since 2001.
    Local gun shop sales and weapons carry permit issuances echo national figures, showing a consistent rise over the last few years.
     See the print or online edition for the full story.

Mullett completes Leadville 100 Mile trail run

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    Sean Mullett approaches the Twin Lakes aid station Saturday evening during a leg of the Leadville 100. Mullett had just finished the famed Hope Pass climb where he ascended 3,200 feet - twice.
    Just before 5 a.m. Sunday morning while it was still dark and temperatures were dipping into the low 30s in Leadville, Colorado, Sean Mullett was running up a section of road called The Boulevard in what would be the last three miles of the famed 100 mile Race Across the Sky trail run that took him through 100 miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain - from elevations of 9,200 to 12,600 feet.

Juntiques wins auto raffle

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Staff reports

    Junktiques, an antique store on Highway 515, held the winning ticket on the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce auto raffle Saturday.
    Store owners, Marilyn Pitts and J.R. McCarthy opted for the $20,000 cash option, presented Monday at their store. Presenting them the check are Lexi Hardman and Regina Camp from the chamber of commerce (pictured above).