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   Georgia, GA, April 24- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.27/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 1 cent per gallon in the last week to $2.42/g, according to gasoline price website

Mountain Wisdom Camp offer chance for kids to grow in natural setting

Young women’s empowerment camp coming to Pickens County;

Young men's camp held in backcountry




Camp Wisdom mixes fun with self-growth for kids, discussing questions like what makes a hero with young men and addressing self-image issues with the separate girls camp.



With 26 years working with teens and 14 years leading camps for young people, Ellijay resident Jay Zipperman believes now more than ever, kids need an opportunity to be in nature to grow, gain confidence and detox from the digital world.

Zipperman’s Mountain Wisdom Camp offers a Young Mens’ Ultimate Adventure, July 10-15, on Tray Mountain, near Hiawasee for boys 12-17. And a Discover You, Young Women’s Empowerment Journey, July 18-23, for ages 12-17. This year the young women’s camp will be at 12-Stone Farm in Talking Rock. 

Judge to play lawyer in "Inherit the Wind"

Tater Patch Players production begins first week in May



Keith Galligan, a real life judge, will play a lawyer in the Tater Patch Players  upcoming Inherit the Wind. He is shown with his kids Eli, Stella and Owen.


The Scopes “Monkey” Trial (formerly known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes) began in 1925 after a high school teacher violated a law that made it illegal to teach evolution in the classroom.  

The trial attracted some of the most powerful attorneys in the country and created a media firestorm in the tiny Tennessee town of Dayton. It went on to become one of the most famous trials in U.S. history and was fictionalized in the 1955 play Inherit the Wind, which the Tater Patch Players will bring to stage this May. 

Ga. AG joins coalition to defend Trump order reducing regulations and regulatory costs

Attorney General Chris Carr, 14-State Coalition Defend Trump Order to Reduce Regulation and Control Regulatory Costs 

April 19, 2017

ATLANTA, GA –The Office of the Attorney General recently joined a 14-state coalition to defend President Donald Trump’s “1-in 2-out” Executive Order to reduce regulation.

“I commend President Trump for using his executive authority to conduct a review of agency rulemakings and to examine the costs and the effects of regulations on state and local governments,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “This action is critical because the long-term consequences of federal regulatory overreach are largely borne by the States and their citizens. We will continue to advocate for relief from burdensome overregulation, and we appreciate President Trump’s leadership in addressing this issue.”

13 states also signed the amicus brief which was filed in the United States District Court for The District of Columbia: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana,  Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The amicus brief can be found here.

Dog saves woman from burning home

         Luger    The Ryals say their dog Luger is responsible for saving Lisa’s life by alerting her to the blaze. The family lost everything in their Christian Way mobile home in Talking Rock last week. You can donate to the family at or at an account set up in their name at Community Bank of Pickens County. 

         Luger, the 135-pound German Rottweiler, took being man’s best friend to a whole new level last week when he saved his owner from a fire that destroyed her and her husband’s home and all their belongings. 

“I’m so blessed to be alive,” said Lisa Ryal, who was laughing and smiling despite the 2nd and 3rd degree burns covering her face, hands and feet. “It could have been so much worse. If Luger hadn’t made all that noise I wouldn’t have woken up. I was sleeping good that day.”

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