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2019 gas prices to surge from current lows, says GasBuddy


     BOSTON (January 2, 2019) - GasBuddy, the only company connecting drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, today predicts that 2019 will feature a yearly national average of $2.70 per gallon, representing a 3 cent drop versus 2018, but warns that the national average could surge to over $3 per gallon as soon as May.


Some highlights from GasBuddy’s 2019 Fuel Price Outlook include: 


• The nation’s yearly gasoline bill will fall to $386 billion dollars, a drop of $2.5 billion over last year as the average household sees their annual gasoline spending fall slightly to $1,991, down $25 from 2018. 

• The national average is forecast to rise as much as $1 per gallon from a low in January to a possible peak in May, but economic jitters could weigh heavily on where gas prices go in 2019. 

• Over 90% of the country’s largest metro areas are at risk for seeing average prices hit $3 per gallon, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. 

• How accurate was GasBuddy’s 2018 Forecast? Assembled in late 2017, the forecast called for a yearly national average of $2.57 per gallon with a peak of $2.89 per gallon in April. 2018 ended with a yearly national average of $2.73 per gallon with a peak of $2.98 per gallon on May 24.

     “While the bargain basement gas prices we’ve been seeing in areas across the country have been terrific and most welcomed, the party at the pump will likely wrap up in the next month or two, and prices will begin to rally as OPEC production cuts and a strong U.S. economy push gas prices back up. While the national average failed to hit $3 last year, we have an even stronger possibility of seeing that ugly possibility, which would push prices in some places from $1.99 today to over $3 this spring- which would be an impressive and shocking turnaround in just a few months,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “One caveat however, that may have motorists unexpectedly spending less- is what happens in the White House. Should all the darkest realities come to fruition, it could lead to slow down in the economy and take gas prices right along with it. As goes the economy, as go gas prices in the year ahead. Buckle up for the extra volatility we’re going to see- it could be nauseating.”

     For those making resolutions, GasBuddy suggests shopping around at the pump and driving less aggressively: the savings could add up to $477 per year, or roughly $10 per tank. In addition, motorists can use GasBuddy’s in-app Drives feature to help reduce their yearly fuel bill by showing them how their driving style stacks up.




Murder/suicide being investigated in Dawson County


The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspected murder/suicide that occured early  morning of January 2. 

The deceased have been identified as Ralph Mathews, 58, and Stacy Mathews, 53, both of Dawsonville. Mr. Mathews was a long-time employee of Amicalola EMC who worked out of the Jasper office. 

        At approximately 5:45 a.m. that Wednesday, the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call regarding a shooting on Crane Road in Dawson County.

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Roper Park playground revitalized

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     Partnerships allowed the Pickens recreation department to redo their playground at Roper Park.


By Tucker Green

County PIO


Roper Park goers will be pleased to see new playground equipment installed for the youth of Pickens County. The updated equipment was installed by Southeast Outdoors Solutions, a locally owned company. This project was financially made possible by the generosity of several local donors partnering with Pickens County Recreation Department. Southeast Outdoors Solutions (Michael and Karrie Poole) graciously donated roughly $13,000 and Pepsi Beverage Company out of Ellijay donated $5,000. The donations by those companies matched by PCRD budgeted funds purchased: a new playset and swing set. 

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Historical Society, Woodbridge Inn team up for Appalachian Heritage Night

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     The members of the Pickens Historical Society, (formerly the Marble Valley Historical Society) and the Woodbridge Inn will host an Appalachian Heritage Night January 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant/lodge  located on the north end of Main Street.

Featured that night, will be a collection of photos from private individuals and the Pickens Historical Society, the group that manages the old jail. The reproduction photos show the area in the early days and  and some will be for sale that night.

Read more: Historical Society, Woodbridge Inn team up for Appalachian Heritage Night

2018 may have been second wettest year on record

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A private bridge over Sharp Creek in southwest Pickens was overrun in August following another round of rain.

      At presstime, there were just a few hours before the end of 2018 and Atlanta was on track to reach 70 inches of rain in 2018, making it the second-wettest year since record keeping began by the Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) in 1878. 

According to the National Weather Service, Atlanta’s 30-year rainfall average from 1981-2010 was just shy of 50 inches a year, at 49.71, so this year’s 70 inches of rain meant drenched roads, fields, lakes and rivers. 

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