Around the Region: Residents Oppose Family Dollar, Gas Prices Rise and Boa Constrictor Hitches Ride
These are top stories from Patch sites around Georgia.
Residents Protest at Family Dollar Construction Site — Cascade Patch
"No Family Dollar" was chanted by more than a dozen protesters that gathered at the site of the newest Family Dollar store on Friday, Aug. 24, located at Fairburn Road and Benjamin Mays Drive in southwest Atlanta.
The stores have been in the forefront of residents' minds lately due to the fact that at least two stores are in the early stages of being erected in the area.
Residents continue to express disappointment and anger that these stores are multiplying in the southwest Atlanta area. A common statement that can be heard throughout the neighborhood and at the protest from a NPU-H member is that, "Family Dollar brings crime (with it)."
Gas Nears Four Bucks a Gallon — Midtown Patch
Gas prices in Midtown and around the state continue to climb and could do so even more as Tropical Storm Isaac is forecasted to hit the Gulf Coast this week.
At some Midtown pumps Monday, the cheapest gas was $3.99 a gallon, causing a few folks to recall four years ago when gas prices here topped the four-buck mark for the first time ever.
According to AAA, Georgia's gas price average is at $3.70, which is six cents higher than a week ago and 31 cents more than a month ago.
Six-foot Snake Hitches a Ride — Woodstock Patch
John Gambrell and Mike Bird were returning to their company from a worksite when they were flagged down as they drove along U.S. 92.
When they stopped, the man was waving his hand and pointing to the bumper of the company van and shouting, “There is a snake wrapped around your bumper."
To men's surprise they found a 6-foot-long, red tail boa constrictor wrapped around the van’s rear bumper, said Tami Keeling, who works with the men at Vision Stairways & Millwork in Woodstock.
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