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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.

Polar Plunge Teachers dive into frigid waters for charity

Friday’s PHS Baseball Pink Out for charity will raise more funds

 

polarplunge    Taking up the challenge - PHS teachers Rodney Martin, Melissa Weeks, Jody Williams, and Kevin Jacobs jump into Long Swamp Creek as part of a charity challenge.
   

     What could make a handful of brave teachers and students jump into a frigid Georgia creek on a 42 degree day? Only a great charity.
    When PHS English teacher Debbie Roper was challenged last week by her daughter, Jessica Bryan, to take a polar plunge into Long Swamp Creek for charity, it was an easy decision.

Two school principals announce coming departures

PHS' McDonald announces coming retirement;

JMS' Howell announces resignation at end of school year

Today PHS Principal Eddie McDonald announced to his staff by e-mail that he will be retiring at the end of the school year.  The school board also received a resignation letter from Jasper Middle School Principal Neil Howell today. The board will act on the two letters at their next board meeting in April.

            School Board Chair Wendy Lowe said the two are not related. She said it was just an odd coincidence that both came on the same day. She said McDonald had let them know earlier he had been considering retirement, though she said they had hoped he would remain at least another year.

            She said she had been caught by surprise by Howell’s resignation, which will be effective at the end of the school year.

 

Hill City teacher battles cancer with a smile

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    Ashley Cagle is recovering well after her mastectomy.

    You wouldn’t expect a woman who just had one of her breasts surgically removed to be all smiles and laughs.
    But that’s exactly how Hill City Elementary first grade teacher Ashley Cagle was this past Monday, just a few weeks after undergoing a mastectomy to remove an invasive lobular carcinoma.

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