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Pickens library "filled to the gills"

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    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

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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 GasBuddy.com

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 GasBuddy.com 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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Cancer survivors invited to celebration dinner

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    (Jasper, GA ) ⎯ The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Pickens County encourages cancer survivors and their caregivers to attend a dinner in celebration of life and hope on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
    The Annual American Cancer Society Survivors’ Dinner will take place at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in the Mountain Tyme Café.  Piedmont Mountainside Hospital will offer a complimentary meal to each cancer survivor and his or her guest.  Space at the Survivors’ Dinner is limited to

For some, fire insurance rates skyrocket

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    Fire Chief Bob Howard points to the Tate fire district on a map that outlines the different fire districts in Pickens County. The blue dots represent fire stations. Pickens has two districts with residents that are considered “unprotected” by ISO, the fire preparedness rating agency.

     Some Pickens residents, especially those in the west, may have had to do a double take when they opened their latest home owners’ insurance bill.
    According to Pickens County Fire Chief Bob Howard, that’s because insurance providers are cracking down on rules they’ve already had in place. This action has translated to increased premiums – double, and sometimes triple – for homeowners.
    “I’m getting complaints every day. With all the losses insurance companies have experienced in the last few years, they are getting very strict about their policies,” Howard said.

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