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Honoring Our Veterans by Congressman Doug Collins



By Congressman Doug Collins

This week, we recognized Veterans’ Day.  Veterans’ Day is an opportunity to express gratitude to real-life heroes like U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Sean Adams of Gainesville, who lost his legs, left thumb, and a finger in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.


 I could list thousands of Georgia veterans, each with his or her unique story of service and courage. Each deserves our thanks every day of the year.


 In the U.S. Air Force Reserve, I had the privilege of coming along side our nation’s finest during their times of need at Balad Air Base in Iraq. As a chaplain, I ministered to those who bore the wounds of battle. Every day, I was inspired by the courage and determination of soldiers who, despite pain and suffering, could not wait to return to the field in the service of their country. 



My time in Iraq also opened my eyes to the stress our men and women in uniform experience during and after deployment. Away from loved ones for an extended period of time, under constant threat of attack, I saw men and women facing some of the most difficult days of their life. These strenuous conditions make reintegration into civilian life deeply challenging for many members of our military.


15 wild boars trapped in Big Canoe; more still roaming





Last Wednesday Cain’s Wildlife Removal, hauled the 11th wild boar out of Big Canoe after they were contracted by the community’s property owner association to begin trapping in October. See video of them preparing the pig for transport.

Then earlier this week they caught four more of the feral pigs including one reddish colored pig. It is thought the capture of four removes one complete group of pigs from the gated community, but at least one more group and possibly two are still rooting in the upscale mountain community.

Mike Cain of Cain’s Wildlife Removal thought there were up to 30 wild pigs there to start with, divided into at least two sounders (technical name for a group of pigs).


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Sharptop opens community artist show Nov. 15th


Talking Rock artist, Jo Wells Davis will be introducing her “Textured Light Art” glass sculptural art work at the latest Sharptop show.


If you have art in your soul you will want to mark your calendar for November 15th, 5 p.m. when area artists will open the doors to their most recent creations displayed at Sharptop Arts Center on D.B. Carroll just around the corner from Stearns Bank.

This year’s show will debut the works of new artists who have joined Pickens’ talented community as well as the art of cherished established artists who dwell among us.

“Home for the Holidays” opens Friday, November 15th at 5 p.m. with a reception recognizing artists who have submitted work for the show.  New members are encouraged to join Sharptop Arts Center and feature their work at this popular annual event.

Health Department offers free flu vaccines for students


    A student at Hill City Elementary receives a flu mist vaccine at the school campus.

The public health department will soon visit middle and high schools.

    This month 338 elementary students took advantage of free influenza vaccines offered at school campuses, with the Pickens County Health Department gearing up to visit the middle and high school campuses in the coming weeks.


Wholesale gas prices nearing yearly lows

Drivers benefit from lower crude oil prices

gaspump      Georgia, October 28- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.25/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.30/g, according to gasoline price website
     Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 13.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are  unchanged versus a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 26.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.