The City of Hiram's seventh-annual Christmas Tree Lighting event kicks off the spirit of the season in Paulding County. Learn more about tonight's event and another Paulding celebration—Saturday's Christmas Parade in Dallas.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Paulding residents and visitors can enjoy Hiram’s Christmas Tree Lighting event Friday and the Invitational Christmas Parade in Dallas on Saturday.
You won’t have to stray out of the city limits of Dallas or Hiram to get your fill of the Christmas season this weekend. The first of two big events begins Friday at 6 p.m. with the city of Hiram’s seventh-annual Christmas Tree Lighting event. A live Nativity, live music and horse and carriage rides are among the attractions featured at the event, which will run until 10 p.m. Video from last year's Christmas Tree Lighting event can be viewed here. Downtown businesses will remain open during the event, and attendees will see the tree light up at 8 p.m. The spirit of the holiday season continues in Paulding the next day, as the Rotary Club of Paulding County Inc. and Paulding County Civitan Club Inc. puts on the 20th-annual Invitational …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Do you plan to spend more on holiday gifts this year? If you’re the average shopper, one survey says you probably will.
If you’re the average shopper, chances are you may be spending a bit more on gifts this season than in years past. Earlier this month, American Research Group reported that its phone survey earlier this month showed that Americans plan to spend an average of $854 on gifts this holiday season, up nearly a third of last year’s average of $646. That’s also the highest average since ARG’s 2007 survey, when survey respondents’ average was $859—that amount fell by about half in 2008. Here are the average amounts of planned spending survey takers have reported since 2002. Year Average Spending Percent Change 2012 $854 + 32% 2011 $646 - 2% 2010 $658 + 58% 2009 $417 - 3% 2008 $431 - 50% 2007 $859 - 5% 2006 $907 - 4% 2005 $942 - 6% 2004 $1,004 + 3…
Monday, November 26, 2012
The BBB offers tips on holiday shopping to ensure you don't get caught with a gift someone doesn't want, and one you can't exchange.
Shopping list? Check! Credit cards? Check! Cash? Check? Car keys? Check! Now that you're ready to head out to join fellow shoppers, do you have everything you need? The Better Business Bureau suggests you give yourself an early gift before joining the frenzied masses—the gift of knowledge. In a press release, the BBB said this knowledge could save time, frustration and, most importantly, money. “Consumers should know that in Georgia companies are allowed to establish their own policies regarding refunds, exchanges and store credits,” the press release reads. “In many firms, no such policies exist. No company is required by law to allow a customer the right to return or exchange merchandise no matter when it was purchased. The only …
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
Patch is launching its annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16: http://deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/dallas-hiram. Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. Last year, an …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Protect your identity when shopping online. Here are a few tips to keep your digital wallet safe.
Given that Cyber Monday is just around the corner—Nov. 26—and with more people doing their holiday shopping online than ever before, Identity Theft 911 passes along tips on ways for consumers to protect themselves against online scams and identity theft while shopping online.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Have your own suggestions on how to survive the upcoming shopping frenzy? Add them in the comments.
Thanksgiving may be the great feast day, but for many, it’s the day after that has moms celebrating. Black Friday carries the anticipation of getting your entire Christmas list knocked out cheaply and efficiently in one day. Or maybe not. I’ve had successful and unsuccessful Black Fridays, and trust me, to get the former, you need to strategize. Here are some tips to remember before hitting the aisles: 1. Gather all the pertinent information you need to effectively shop. Who needs a gift? What are their preferences? Where do they shop? 2. When it comes to clothing, what are their sizes, favorite colors and most complementary styles? (It's not a good idea to get a caftan for someone who should be wearing straight lines.) 3. When it comes…
Georgia troopers will be conducting concentrated patrols and road checks across the state during the 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period, which is now under way.
Georgia State Patrol troopers will be out in full force this Thanksgiving holiday travel period, on the look out for impaired drivers and other violations in an attempt to reduce the number of traffic accidents. “We know from past experience that speed, alcohol, and failing to use seat belts are the primary contributing factors in fatal crashes,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, in a released statement. “By conducting concentrated patrols or holding roadchecks across the state, troopers, deputies and officers can intercept violators before they are involved in a serious traffic crash.” The holiday period began 6 p.m. Wednesday and ends at midnight Sunday, Nov. 25. Last year during a …
Keep an eye on traffic conditions and the best gas prices during the holiday weekend and beyond with the help of Dallas-Hiram Patch.
Will you be going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving? Are you planning to drive from store to store to find this weekend’s best deals? Or are you on the lookout for the best gas prices in town? Patch is here to help. Dallas-Hiram Patch’s Commute page allows users to get a live look at traffic maps for Paulding, Cobb or Douglas counties and beyond. And drivers looking to save some dough for the holiday shopping season—or at any time of the year—can visit the Commute page to find the best gas prices in Dallas, Hiram, Douglasville, Powder Springs or any city of their choice. You can keep up with all the news in Dallas and Hiram by subscribing to our free daily newsletter and breaking news alerts, …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Follow these suggested tips to avoid unwanted damage or theft to your home while traveling during the holidays.
With the holiday travel season upon us, it is important to avoid advertising you are away on vacation. Some simple steps can help to ensure your home will be the way you left when you arrive back from your travels: Do you have any personal tips to add to the list? Tell us in the comments.