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Rep. Jasperse calls BOE plans to cut funding “short sighted”
If the school board cuts funding to the Pickens County 4-H as they have indicated at recent budget workshops, programs offered to students will be “seriously impacted,” according to the 4-H manager.
“That’s what’s been proposed, cutting us,” said Pickens County 4-H Manager Clarcy Kirby. “Until we get the tax digest the school board can’t make the final decision, but the school is funding 50 percent of our program assistant position and benefits for that position, so if the cuts go through that will go down to a part-time position.”
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By David R. Altman
Books & Writers Editor
If you’ve never read The Great Gatsby, or even if you read it back when you didn’t enjoy it, you owe it to yourself to read it again. And, I beg of you, please don’t go see the new movie until you have read the book. To experience F. Scott Fitzgerald, you must read his work.
At seventeen, I was more interested in reading Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost than I was in understanding F. Scott Fitzgerald or T.S. Eliot. That wasn’t because I had a high school English teacher who pushed one author over another; Ms. McNair was extraordinary, encouraging us to read anything we loved, and each of us, as 11th graders, did just that, becoming odd among our classmates not because we liked certain authors but because we simply liked to read.
Jasper police officers found the body of a 69-year-old Mineral Springs Road resident in his home Sunday after relatives from out of the area called with concerns that they had not been able to get in touch with him.
Police Chief Greg Lovell said Monday they had sent the body to the crime lab as a standard procedure, but officers feel confident it was a medical condition that killed James Wall.
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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.
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