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Check your tickets: 2 $1M, 1 $200K, 14 $50K Powerball tickets sold in Georgia




ATLANTA – Georgia Lottery players won big in Wednesday’s $700 million Powerball drawing. Two $1 million tickets, one $200,000 ticket and 14 $50,000 tickets were purchased in Georgia for the Aug. 23 Powerball drawing.


Winning numbers from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing were: 6-7-16-23-26 and the Powerball number was 4.


One winning jackpot ticket was sold in Massachusetts.


Georgia’s lucky $1 million tickets were purchased at: RaceTrac #0453, 2325 Marietta Blvd. in Atlanta; and Bouldercrest Shell, 3794 Bouldercrest Road in Ellenwood.


One player in Georgia multiplied a $50,000 prize to $200,000 with the Power Play option. The ticket was purchased at Bloomfield, 4175 Bloomfield Road, Macon.


The 14 $50,000 tickets were sold in: Atlanta (2), Blythe, College Park, Columbus, Comer, Cumming, Doraville, Fayetteville, Marietta (2), Savannah, Scottdale and Tallapoosa.


In addition, more than 331,000 players in Georgia won over $1.8 million in prizes Wednesday.


The lucky winners of the $1 million tickets, the $200,000 ticket and the $50,000 tickets have not come forward yet.


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


Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $18.7 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 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


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

Update on city election candidates

Candidates who have qualified for city elections



 The following is a list of canditates that had qualified by noon on Friday, Aug. 25. Qualification for Talking Rock ended Thursday, Aug. 24. Qualification for Jasper and Nelson will end at 4:30 today. 


 From Election's office - 

 Jasper City Council (2 Seats)


Ryan O’Dea

Anne Sneve – Incumbent


Doug Patterson

Sonny Proctor - Incumbent


Read more: Update on city election candidates

Pickens caught in middle of latest growth trends


Areas in Georgia that are doing well now are projected to keep doing well and areas that are struggling will continue to lose job opportunities and population in the next decade, according to the speaker at last week’s Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Chattahoochee Technical College.

Pickens County is better-off than the counties who are struggling but not projected to see the robust growth that will mainly remain in metro-Atlanta and the surrounding counties.

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

Schools donate buses to Boys & Girls Club


Pickens County’s Boys and Girls Club of North Georgia recently received much-needed transportation assistance when the local school system donated two decommissioned buses to the club. According to Director Michele Brackin, the buses will allow the club to bring kids from Pickens High, Jasper Elementary and Jasper Middle School. Previously, kids from the high school and Jasper Middle were not served by the club due to lack of transportation.

“Last year when we opened the club we were able to utilize MATS buses to bring children from Hill City and Jasper Elementary,” Brackin said. “The school system brought kids from Harmony Elementary because our club was within their home district and we walked kids over from Pickens County Middle School. Unfortunately, there was no service for JMS or Tate or the high school.”

Read more: Schools donate buses to Boys & Girls Club

A snapshot of Pickens’ veteran population

Learn more about our veterans in a special online data story





Click on the image above to link to the full online infographic. 

     The Veterans Administration recently announced it will open a clinic in Pickens County to provide medical services to veterans here and in surrounding areas. We thought it was worthwhile to take a look at the local veteran population and how it compares to other county, state, and national populations.  

     Using estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011-2015 American Community Survey, Lisa Schnellinger of NearMedia LLC  developed interactive digital graphics about Pickens County veterans, which can be found at These graphics include information about the veteran population size, education, salary, unemployment, disability and period of service.

American Community Survey data is an estimate, but is the most accurate and current information available for counties with small populations. The graphics include only data that is statistically significant when considering the margin of error.

Read more: A snapshot of Pickens’ veteran population