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Gas prices stay steady


     October 5- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have not moved  in the past week, averaging $2.15/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.29/g, according to gasoline price website

     Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 113.8 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 10.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 11.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 99.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Pickens Sheriff deputies reunite missing juvenile with worried family


Group of gingseng hunters on Burnt Mountain

became separated, lost

Pickens Sheriff Press Release 


On Friday, October 2nd, deputies responded to a trespassing report at a residence on Sunrise Ridge Road off of Hwy 136 in Jasper. 

Upon arriving, they learned that a homeowner had arrived home and found two males in the garage area of his residence asking to borrow his phone. The homeowner stated that they ran off when he told them that he was calling 911. He described the individuals as an adult and a juvenile with a dog.

At the same time, another deputy located another individual, later identified as Brandon Sanford, walking on Hwy 136, near the scenic overlook. While speaking with him, the deputy learned that he had outstanding warrants from Gilmer County for failure to appear in court.


Collins asks USDA to keep options open for poultry industry to deal with bird flu

“Congressman Collins to USDA: Ensure all options are on the table

for poultry industry in Georgia”


dougcollinsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking that the USDA ensure all viable options are available to state, local, and industry stakeholders to prevent the spread of bird flu if highly pathogenic avian influenza hits Georgia.

Moto Mountain Park reopening date pushed back


Moto Mountain, a large off-road park, announced a temporary closing in July for a “major motion picture” shoot. The park has yet to reopen, leaving riders concerned. The Progerss spoke with owner C.B. Jones, who said the park will reopen later this year. See full story in this week's print or online editions

Deer-vehicle collisions increase in the Fall

New map breaks down county-by-county when drivers should be more vigilant


Fall is prime breeding season for deer across Georgia. It’s also when drivers are more likely to hit deer that run into the road, according to a new study from the University of Georgia.

UGA researchers have completed a county-by-county analysis of when motorists should be more aware of possibly hitting a deer. They looked at breeding data and then compared it to deer-vehicle collision statistics across Georgia.