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Mountain bike trails open up in Pickens County

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     6-year-old rider Beau Tate at the Talking Rock Nature Preserve trails now open to the public. His father, Will Tate, is president of the local friends of the trails and said the trails are well-suited for younger and beginning riders.

After five years of planning and work, the private land trust that owns the property announced this week that the mountain bike trails at the Talking Rock Nature Preserve are open to the public and free to ride or hike.

Bill Jones of Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (STPAL), speaking at the Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday said they were expecting the last loads of gravel to be delivered for the parking lot that day at the center of the 211-acre tract on the west side of Highway 515 at the Pickens/Gilmer line. 

Five of the planned 10 miles of trail are ready and work continues on the remainder at this time. The park can be accessed from Old Whitestone Road or Carnes Mill Road coming from Highway 515 across from Biguns Barbeque.

Is the Pickens County Animal Shelter up for grabs?

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       The Pickens County Animal Shelter opened in 2009. The county is now fielding proposals from two entities interested in taking over operations and/or medical care.  

       At the most recent commissioners work session, board members briefly discussed a proposal from a local veterinarian interested in taking over Pickens County Animal Shelter operations, as well as a second group that has separately expressed interest in contracting for the care of the animals. 

Animal Medical Clinic, operated by Dr. Craig Chester, has proposed to move his operations to the animal shelter and use his current office for quarantine. Full details of his proposal were not made public at this time, but Dr. Chester will make a presentation at the next regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 21.  

     See full story in this week's print or online editions. 

UPDATE: Man thought to be police impersonator identified

     Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office - Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division has identified the person who was originally said to be a police impersonator.  The male works as a certified peace officer for the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office.  He was working in an off duty capacity, as a peace officer, inside of Cherokee County when he initiated the traffic stop. 

         While we appreciate all of our adjoining and sister law enforcement agencies not only here in metro Atlanta but throughout the state and nation we would always prefer that an officer from outside our jurisdiction request assistance from us prior to initiating law enforcement action within Cherokee County.  If it cannot be done prior to the law enforcement action then notify us immediately upon completion of that action.  We work very hard to cultivate the relationship we have with our citizens and would not want that jeopardized by the actions of an outside agency.

 

Surprise snow causes cancellations, rescheduling of numerous holiday events

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Aaron Sanderson walks his dog in the Bent Tree Community Saturday. While it made a nice break for many, the snow forced cancellation of numerous Christmas events. See more snow photos on pages 6-7B.

 

Last Friday’s massive snowfall may have been a  nice early winter surprise for some, but organizers of weekend events were left out in the cold when their projects were forced to cancel due to slippery road conditions. 

From holiday musicals and plays to Jeep rides benefiting Toys for Tots, numerous events were left stranded in the wake of the eight inches of snow that fell throughout the county.

Jackpot fever: Friday’s Mega Millions at $176M; Saturday’s Powerball at $212M

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ATLANTA – As temperatures drop across Georgia, jackpot fever is heating things upFriday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $176 million, and Saturday’s Powerball jackpot has reached boiling point at $212 million.

 

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Oct. 17 and has rolled 15 times.

 

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $176 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $110 million.

 

It only takes $2 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play. The new optional $3 wager Just the Jackpot allows players to receive two entries for a chance to win the game’s jackpot prize only.

 

The Powerball jackpot has grown since Oct. 28 and has rolled 12 times.

 

Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $212 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $133 million. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions and Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

 

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $19 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.8 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

 

 

MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $176 million

Annuity AmountJackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $110 million

Cost to Play: $2 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier; $3 for Just the Jackpot

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:302 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Oct. 17, 2017

Number of Rolls: 15

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Oct. 13, 2017 – $43 million (Michigan and Rhode Island) 

No. 1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million (Illinois, Kansas and Maryland) 

 

POWERBALL FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $212 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $133 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24.87
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:292 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Oct. 28, 2017
Number of Rolls: 12
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Oct. 25, 2017 – $191 million jackpot (Louisiana)
No. 1 Powerball Jackpot: 
Jan. 13, 2016 – $1.586 billion jackpot (California; Florida; and Tennessee)

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., Mega Millions and Powerball, please visit:

www.galottery.com, www.megamillions.com and www.powerball.com