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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 GasBuddy.com.
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 GasBuddy.com 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.
GasBuddy operates GeorgiaGasPrices.com 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.
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.
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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.
By Ralph Dennis,
A lawsuit was filed in the District Federal Court in Gainesville, Ga. on May 16 by the Washington D.C.-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence over the city of Nelson’s ordinance requiring all households maintain a firearm.
The lawsuit filed against the city and the council members on behalf of several of the Brady Center members seeks a ruling that this ordinance is unconstitutional and seeks a permanent injunction against its enforcement.
See this week's print or online editions for local response from councilmembers and one resident who was contacted by the Brady Center.
The Roper Park siren, along with all other tornado sirens in the county, are tested the first Wednesday of each month at noon. Tornado sirens go off when a tornado warning is issued or if a storm is capable of producing 80 m.p.h.+ winds.
In an effort to improve severe weather warnings for Pickens residents utilizing outdoor facilities at Roper Park, the county has recently installed a new grant-funded tornado siren near the covered picnic area.
Pickens County Chief Bob Howard says warnings such as sirens and the CodeRED phone system are instrumental to public safety, and in light of the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla. on Monday he stresses the importance of preparedness for severe weather events.