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Health Department offers free flu vaccines for students

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    A student at Hill City Elementary receives a flu mist vaccine at the school campus.

The public health department will soon visit middle and high schools.

    This month 338 elementary students took advantage of free influenza vaccines offered at school campuses, with the Pickens County Health Department gearing up to visit the middle and high school campuses in the coming weeks.

 

Wholesale gas prices nearing yearly lows

Drivers benefit from lower crude oil prices

gaspump      Georgia, October 28- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.25/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.30/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com
     Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 13.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are  unchanged versus a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 26.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 

 

Moonshine making a comeback

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Above, some of the more upscale drinks now made with white lightning at 

Buckhead’s Stillhouse Moonshine and Burger Bar.

 

Moonshine - the once taboo spirit  found in cabins deep in the Appalachian mountains far away from the long arm of the law - is now making its way  into mainstream drinking thanks to specialty restaurants and legal distilleries right here in Georgia.    
    Recently the Progress was invited to a trendy Buckhead restaurant whose niche is moonshine drinks and craft burgers. When we sat down for the media dinner at Stillhouse Moonshine & Burger Bar, my husband looked around the restaurant and said, “This is a southern man’s dream: burgers, moonshine and big-screen TVs.”
   

Basketball season starts rolling at Rec. Department

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Ages 9-10 boys’ skills evaluation at the Roper Park Community Center last weekend.

 

By Haley Lacuesta

Rec. Department 

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Boys and girls aged 4-14 met for the first time at the Pickens County Rec. Department on Saturday for the first step in 2013 youth basketball season.

After registration ended on Oct. 7, the Parks and Recreation Department received dozens of young applicants on the courts all day for a skills evaluation. The children lined the walls of the gym and demonstrated their abilities through a series of dribbling and shooting drills. The teams will be in-house only and are divided by age and sex. The season runs through January with the goal of allowing every child a chance to play.

 

Q&A with Stearns Bank’s new Ga. president

     Jasper seen as hub of national bank’s presence in Georgia   

 

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    Stearns Bank recently appointed Dick Carlton as the national bank’s Georgia president.
    Carlton has worked in Georgia banks for 35 years, most recently serving as EVP and president of two community banks in this state.
    He has been married for 32 years to Vicki, who is also a banker in Atlanta. They have a son, Matt, who attends Kennesaw State University. The couple live in north Cherokee County. Carlton is president of the Canton Rotary Club.