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Mega Millions sweetens Valentine’s Day with $139M jackpot

Powerball rolls right into $330M for Saturday’s drawing
ATLANTA – Friday’s $139 million Mega Millions jackpot falls on the most romantic day of the year while Powerball rolls ahead with an estimated $330 million jackpot for Saturday’s drawing.
The excitement for both games continues to grow as Georgians have won large prizes statewide.
Mega Millions has rolled 11 times since Jan. 7.
A winning ticket worth $5,000 was sold in Athens from the Feb. 11 drawing.
Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $139 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $76 million.

Mostly uneventful winter weather on Wed.; Snow continuing on Thurs.

Note: Cove Road is closed at the S- Curves


 trees with snow  Commissioner Rob Jones reported late Wed. evening that the "historic"  winter storm called for by weatherman around the country had not been too bad for road or emergency crews. “The public has really helped us by staying off the roads,” he said.


  Jones said the fire departments had handled a number of downed trees across power lines and roads and power crews had restored service in several locations – all relatively quickly.

  “Both Georgia Power and Amicalola EMC have done a great job getting power back on,” he said. He said it seemed like there were power outages somewhere all day, but most were restored fairly quickly.

   However, Jones said he predicts overnight and tomorrow morning could see the worst road conditions as all the slush, snow and sleet out there now will likely freeze solid.

   Road crews have worked around the clock. Scrapping the slush off as much as possible and salting and sanding. “But it’s coming back in tonight and we can’t do much as the temperatures drop,” he said.

   Cove Road, the usual trouble spot at the S Curves, is closed for the night and will be re-evaluated tomorrow morning. Jones said there had been several cars off the road there but all have been moved.

   He noted the county is operating an emergency shelter but it had not been used as of 9 p.m. He said it is primarily for anyone who has medical conditions, such as needing oxygen, and whose power goes out overnight. If someone needs to reach the shelter they should call 911.


Spotting coyote tracks in the snow


Photo of coyote track from Mike Cain.

   While the weather today is not ideal for much, a solid snow offers a unique chance to see if you have coyotes near your house.

   Mike Cain, of Cain’s Wildlife Removal, was able to use the last snow here to gauge the number of coyotes near the Joy House for a removal job he has underway there (see last week’s e-edition). He estimated four based on tracks.

         While even professional trackers acknowledge that telling dog tracks from coyote is difficult, Cain offers some tips to get started.

 • A coyote track is more oblong or egg-shaped than a dog’s.

• Coyote tracks are more compact than a dog track.

• For coyotes, their hind foot pad is generally smaller than the front.

• Finally it is not uncommon to see a coyote track where the claws are less prominent than a dog’s where the claws are more visible in the snow or mud. Dogs also tend to have blunter nails than the coyote.

STAR students & teachers to be recognized at banquet


L-R seated STAR students – STAR teachers standing behind them:
    Katie O’Shields - Tony Young; Richlan (Richi) Hutchins - Andrea Yates; Silas Lott - Adam Wharton; Jimmy Lee - Rodney Martin; Will Avant - Kelly McArthur; Kaleigh Watters - Susan Anderson; Jacob; Stephens - Lynn Cantrell; Jeremy Thornton - Gail Culbreth; Haley Matthews - Mary Land; Will Lawson - Clara Pantazopoulos


Submitted by Reeder Burch

    Kaleigh Watters has been named the 2014 STAR Student of Pickens High School and she selected Susan Anderson as her STAR Teacher.

Doug Collins most conservative Georgian in Congress

Northeast Georgia’s Congressman is #16 Nationally

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 – In its annual rating of Congress released today, National Journalidentified Congressman Doug Collins (GA-09) as the most conservative member of Georgia’s Congressional Delegation and the sixteenth most conservative Member of the House of Representatives overall.