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Cooling off, Hunger Games style


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The Pickens County Library put a twist on the classic water balloon fight with their “Water Balloon Hunger Games” Monday. 

Teens lobbed balloons at each other in the yard behind the library, at times ganging up on an unsuspecting individual, and were drenched by the end of the battle. 

The library has a full line-up of summer activities for kids of all ages, including an upcoming Slime-tastic STEM event where teens will learn to make gooey slime, magnetic slime, color-changing slime, glow-in-the-dark slime on June 26th from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Registration is required.

The program is for kids in grades 6-12. For more information contact the library at 706-692-5411. 

Parade application; Ray to serve as Grand Marshal of Jasper’s 4th of July Parade


      Since the Jasper Lions Club was chartered on June 22, 1939, it has hosted the down-home Independence Day festivities, and this year is no exception. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Lions:  100 Years, Looking to the Future” in honor of the 100th Birthday of Lions Clubs International, which was chartered on June 7, 1917.  

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” To honor that challenge, the Jasper Lions have selected Miss Charlee Ray to serve as this year’s Grand Marshal.  Charlee is 12 years old, and is a rising 6th grader. She will be attending Jasper Middle School in the fall, where she will participate in the chorus. She enjoys swimming, reading,

GDOL to host two recruitments for FieldTurf in Calhoun next week

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ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Rome Career Center will help FieldTurf recruit 35 full-time manufacturing employees to work in Calhoun. The company manufactures synthetic turf for athletic fields.


The recruitments will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 22 and 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FieldTurf facility located at 175 North Industrial Blvd., N.E. in Calhoun. GDOL staff will be on site to assist applicants.


The company is recruiting coater operators, lift truck operators, tufting machine operators and warehouse inventory clerks.


Due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, all applicants must be at least 18 years old. They also must have a high school diploma or a General Education Diploma (GED).


The lift truck operators are required to have at least six months of related experience. Applicants for the warehouse inventory clerk are required to have at least two years of related experience. The coater operators and tufting machine operators are not required to have experience.

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     Salaries will range from $10-$15 an hour depending on the positions.

     Applicants are encouraged to bring a resume, driver’s license and dress appropriately to improve their opportunities for employment.

     For more information about the jobs, or to apply online, visit to create an account and upload, or prepare, a resume. Having an Employ Georgia account expedites the interview process.

Gas prices down 3.6 cents

     Georgia, GA, June 19- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.13/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.28/g, according to gasoline price website
     Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 8.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 4.5 cents per gallon lower than