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Jasper Merchants trying to salvage New Year’s party


A shot from one of the downtown New Year's Eve celebrations hosted by the City of Japser. 

        The Jasper Merchants Association is working to salvage the New Year’s Eve celebration after the city council voted to not fund it at their last meeting. However, the volunteer group knows it won’t be easy to get the party started.

“It’s not a done deal,” said the merchant’s vice president Kirk Raffield. “I’m not going to say we are going to have one, but we will go before the council and petition them to let it occur.”

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State Troopers Encourage Safe Driving During Thanksgiving Holiday


        Atlanta, GA—Thanksgiving is fast-approaching and the Georgia State Patrol is making final preparations for the Thanksgiving travel period. This year’s travel period is 102-hours long and begins at 6 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 22, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 26.

In 2016, during a similar travel period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 648 traffic crashes that resulted in 347 injuries, and 16 traffic fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations last year, troopers issued 10,652 citations and 15,207 warnings.

Schools get their feasting on for Thanksgiving


     At Hill City Elementary, the 5th grade safety patrol got festive for the Thanksgiving lunch held Friday, Nov. 17. Safety patrol students wore pilgrim and turkey hats while they helped out in the cafeteria during the busy afternoon, when parents were invited to join their students for turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce. Students are pictured with Hill City Elementary Principal Jennifer Halko and a giant inflatable turkey that greeted visitors in the lobby. Schools are out this week in observance of the holiday. 

Dude, where’s my meth?


Sheriff’s Office / Photo

This stash of meth was found and turned in by an observant walker. The meth had been packaged in several smaller bags inside the ammo can before it was logged into evidence.

        If anyone has lost 8.5 ounces of methamphetamine packed inside an ammunition can, they can claim it at the Pickens Sheriff’s office.

An observant dog-walker near the mountain bike trails under construction on Carns Mill Road spotted an ammunition can lying near the road on November 8. When he opened it, he found individual packages of white powder suspected to be methamphetamine.

He immediately drove to the sheriff’s office and turned the can over to a Pickens detective.

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Carr: Consumers, Shop Wisely this Holiday Season

ATLANTA, GA - Attorney General Chris Carr is providing the following tips for holiday shoppers.
“The way we are making holiday purchases is changing with more sales being made and processed on our phones, tablets and laptops,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “In fact, 59 percent of consumers are planning to buy gifts online this holiday season according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. In this shifting landscape, it is more important than ever to protect your wallet and your identity, and we are offering the following tips to remember while shopping this holiday season.”
Take precautions when making online transactions with an unfamiliar business. To avoid scams, do your online shopping through reputable, well-known websites. Be leery of ads on social media. You can check out a company’s reputation through the Better Business Bureau at  
Credit cards offer greater protections against fraud than cash, checks or debit cards.  If a transaction turns out to be fraudulent, e.g. you never receive the item or it is defective, and the company refuses to give you a refund, you can report the fraud to your credit card issuer, and if it agrees that you were the victim of fraud, the most you will be liable for is $50. Many credit card issuers will even waive that amount.
When is a sale a sale? Even if a merchant is advertising discounts, you should still comparison shop to make sure that the sale price is truly a bargain. Every now and then a seller illegally inflates the original price of an item and then discounts it to make the “discount price” appear as a bargain.
Guard against identity theft. One of the best ways to protect yourself from identity theft is to check your bank and credit card accounts frequently. Keep your receipts and compare them to your statement. If you come across a charge you don’t recognize, contact the financial institution immediately. In the event of identity theft, cancel the compromised cards and have new ones re-issued. You should also contact one of the three credit bureaus – Experian, Transunion or Equifax – to place a fraud alert on your credit file. 
Check out return policies. When you make a purchase, ask what the store’s return policies are, especially on sale items. Always keep your receipts in case you have to return or exchange an item.  A business may set its own return policy and may offer consumers cash, in-store credit, exchanges or no adjustment at all. Many stores also set time limits during which they accept returns. While not required to post their policies, businesses must honor any posted refund or return policy.