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15 wild boars trapped in Big Canoe; more still roaming

 

 

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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

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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

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    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 GasBuddy.com
     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. 

 

Moonshine making a comeback

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Above, some of the more upscale drinks now made with white lightning at 

Buckhead’s Stillhouse Moonshine and Burger Bar.

 

Moonshine - the once taboo spirit  found in cabins deep in the Appalachian mountains far away from the long arm of the law - is now making its way  into mainstream drinking thanks to specialty restaurants and legal distilleries right here in Georgia.    
    Recently the Progress was invited to a trendy Buckhead restaurant whose niche is moonshine drinks and craft burgers. When we sat down for the media dinner at Stillhouse Moonshine & Burger Bar, my husband looked around the restaurant and said, “This is a southern man’s dream: burgers, moonshine and big-screen TVs.”