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Is a bad winter approaching for southeastern U.S.?

 

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Pickens Fire Chief Bob Howard does not claim to be a weatherman. But, “I do listen to the professionals and the consensus is this could be a bad winter,” Howard said last week.

The meteorologists that Howard follows predict this winter could be similar to the snowy, icy and cold conditions the southeastern United States saw in the late 1970s.

For anyone too young to remember back that far, it would be like two years ago when Pickens County was hit with a series of winter storms – but slightly worse is expected this year.

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Counterfeit merchandise ring busted in Jasper

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Scores of contraband watches and purses were seized from an Acworth man who planned to sell the fake goods to buyers he contacted through Craigslist.  From left, Sgt. Pat Seals, Corp. Brandon Duncan, Sheriff Donnie Craig, and Det. Marc Phipps look over the merchandise at the Criminal Investigation Division office.

 

 

 

People hoping for a fake Rolex or Louis Vuitton purse this Christmas may be disappointed after Pickens Sheriff officers working with corporate investigators took a large haul of the counterfeit luxury items off the streets last week. See complete story in our e-edition.

 

 

Hiking Safety Tips from Georgia’s State Parks

 

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ATLANTA, October 5, 2012  --  No one ever plans to get lost in the woods, but it does sometimes happen.  Each year, Georgia’s park rangers spend numerous hours searching for hikers who did not return on time, slipped on waterfalls, got off the trail or encountered other problems.  

“Most of the time, our guests are just running late or they’ve gotten slightly off course,” said Danny Tatum, manager of Tallulah Gorge State Park and chief of the Department of Natural Resources’ Search and Rescue Team.  “And sometimes they’ve forgotten to call home.  But occasionally people really are in a bad situation and need help from rescue personnel.”

With so many people heading to the mountains for leaf watching this fall, park rangers have offered the following tips for a fun and safe journey.  To find trails ranging from easy, paved paths to more challenging hikes, visitGeorgiaStateParks.org.

Zaxby's reopens following fire damage

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   Licensee Steve Cockerham re-opened the doors to Jasper’s Zaxby’s restaurant Monday, Oct. 29. The restaurant has been renovated after a kitchen fire in May, pictured above. In advance of the official public reopening, Zaxby’s  invited local first responders to a private appreciation party on Sunday for their quick-response time in putting out the fire.

Bumper stickers considered “campaigning”

Voters angered over enforcement of polling place law


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    The owner of this vehicle was asked to move when a poll worker spotted the Romney/Ryan bumper sticker. According to the elections officer, bumper stickers are considered “campainging” at polling places.

     Early afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 25, a voter squealed his car out of the gravel parking lot at the Pickens Elections Office after being told his Romney/Ryan bumper sticker was considered campaigning and he would have to either cover it up or move the vehicle.