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The Great Gatsby: Don’t let the new movie fool you, it’s still one of the greatest books


By David R. Altman

Books & Writers Editor

If you’ve never read The Great Gatsby, or even if you read it back when you didn’t enjoy it, you owe it to yourself to read it again. And, I beg of you, please don’t go see the new movie until you have read the book. To experience F. Scott Fitzgerald, you must read his work. 

At seventeen, I was more interested in reading Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost than I was in understanding F. Scott Fitzgerald or T.S. Eliot. That wasn’t because I had a high school English teacher who pushed one author over another; Ms. McNair was extraordinary, encouraging us to read anything we loved, and each of us, as 11th graders, did just that, becoming odd among our classmates not because we liked certain authors but because we simply liked to read.  

No foul play suspected in death of Mineral Springs man



Jasper police officers found the body of a 69-year-old Mineral Springs Road resident in his home Sunday after relatives from out of the area called with concerns that they had not been able to get in touch with him.


Police Chief Greg Lovell said Monday they had sent the body to the crime lab as a standard procedure, but officers feel confident it was a medical condition that killed James Wall.

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Ga. gas prices up; national average down


Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 3.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.48/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/g, according to gasoline price website 


Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 9.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 11.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 16.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands  unchanged compared to this day one year ago. 


"Memorial Day weekend is now over, and believe it or not, many areas saw gasoline prices declining ahead of the long weekend," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "The U.S. national average dropped nearly three cents per gallon in the last week, while some areas saw an even bigger decline. The best news for motorists is that June typically brings some relief at the pump compared to where prices peaked in May, so for many areas across the country, prices will likely continue to decline," DeHaan said.


About GasBuddy


GasBuddy operates 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.

Health & Wellness guide available online






Be sure to check out this week's print edition for our special Helath & Wellness insert where you'll find informative articles from local heathcare providers. Read about cancer detection, diabetes, protecting yourself from stroke, the dangers of tanning and much more.

This special publication is available for free at our e-edition website. Follow link


Need a job? Learn how to get one at next week's event

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    If you’re in the market for a new job but could use some help when it comes to crafting a resume or giving an impressive interview, you’ll want to attend Pickens Family Connection’s first Job Readiness Event next Friday, May 31.
     Pickens Family Connection, in conjunction with numerous other agencies, is offering the local community of job seekers a chance to learn, for free, how to set themselves apart from other candidates in the changing job market.