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Art pouring in for Sharptop's Patio & Garden Auction


One of the many pieces donated for Sharptop Arts Association's Patio & Garden Auction on May 11. Tickets for this event are $10 and are going fast. If you want to join in on the fun, get your tickets by calling Sylvia Riley at 678-860-4814 or executive director Jeanette Bottari at 770-893-8438.

Submitted by Sharptop Arts Association

    Sharptop Arts Association is happy to announce our first annual Patio & Garden Auction Fundraising event --- a new twist on our Feathered Event that you won’t want to miss.

    “For three years now Sharptop’s main fundraiser has been the Feathered Event where artists have donated birdhouses to be auctioned off.  This has


Youth athlete concussion bill awaits Deal's approval



By Pam O’Del

Capitol Reporter

    Should Gov. Deal allow HB284 to become law, youth exhibiting signs of a concussion during organized sporting events must be pulled from the activity. They must then be evaluated and approved to return to that activity by a qualified health care professional.
    The bill also requires public and private schools to design and implement a “concussion management and return to play” policy and to notify parents of the risks concussions present to their child. The bill simply encourages other youth sporting organizations to do so.

Pickens library "filled to the gills"


    Left: On a busy day after school, vehicles fill the parking lot at the Pickens County Library.

An expansion is targeted as a future SPLOST project.

    Visit the Pickens County Library at the busy time of day and you’d be hard pressed to find an empty computer. If you’re a teen you may feel like the redheaded stepchild with the sparse young adult choices on the shelves.
    “The library is filled to the gills,” says Sequoyah Regional Library System Director Susan White. “The book space is absolutely packed. If we want to add new items we have to take something else out, and we need a room for our young adults.”

Gas prices continue to drop



Georgia, April 22- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.32/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.50/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 41.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 20.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 14.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 34.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 

"The slow trend downward in the nationl average has survived another week," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "While unprecedented, the decline in the national average certainly has delighted motorists who are used to large spikes in gasoline prices that come with the territory of springtime. With Memorial Day just five weeks away, there's good news for motorists: prices will likely continue to lag behind year ago levels," DeHaan said.

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