Thursday marked the first of three days of serious fishing, sponsored yearly by the Pickens County Sportsman’s Club under the longstanding title, “Kids Fishing Day.”
This community event, held on Jasper city property at Cove Creek, allows the disabled, residents of local nursing homes and assisted facilities, and small children to land some big ones from a broad stream stocked sturdy with trout. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources provides the fish from a state hatchery.
The 4-H Club, Scouts, EMS?personnel and others provide help coaching anglers. On top of organizing the event, the Sportsman’s Club also provides a lunch. Those fishing Thursday had a good time at it.
Residents of local nursing homes and assisted living facilites are fishing on Friday. Saturday is the day for kids ages 15 and under, accompanied by a parent. Fishing runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
(ATLANTA, GA)-The Social Security Administration announced the most popular baby names in Georgia for 2010. Isabella and William topped the list.
The top five boys and girls names for 2010 in Georgia were:
1) William 1) Isabella
2) Jacob 2) Emma
3) Jayden 3) Madison
4) Joshua 4) Abigail
5) Elijah 5) Olivia
Last week the federal government’s top official for baby names, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced Isabella and Jacob were the most popular baby names in the U.S. How does Georgia compare to the rest of the country? Check out Social Security’s website -- www.socialsecurity.gov -- to see the top baby names for 2010.
In the aftermath of the Nelson Council meeting Monday, May 2, where some residents pointedly expressed their dissatisfaction with Nelson Mayor David Leister, the mayor sought an interview with the Progress.
In his conversation with this newspaper, Leister began with an explanation of why he entered two controversial topics onto the May council meeting agenda. Those topics were out-sourcing of Nelson garbage pick up and out-sourcing of Nelson police protection.
"I wanted to get the people involved," Leister said. "I want them to start stepping up and being Nelson instead of being told what Nelson is. I want Nelson to define it."
He said he would like to change the perception of present political unrest at Nelson as being a mayor versus council struggle. "On my part, it hasn't been about who I like or don't like," he said. "It's about what the state constitution reads, what the charter reads and what the ethics code reads. Do we understand it, and are we following the letter of the law?"
"Part of the fun of serving on the city council has been taking shots at the mayor," Leister said, "and I've been told that by sitting council members, former council members, and people of this region. Nelson has been at odds with itself for a long period of time. That isn't new to Nelson politics. I'm just a little more vocal than prior mayors."
Final in a three part travelouge
By Joan Barnes
The howling winds and driving rain of the early morning hours had changed to showers as we carried our bulging bags to the bike. We were relieved to see it had survived the storm and was still standing upright.
As we rode around Queenstown Bay, rain started falling in sunlight and a rainbow formed over the Bay. We continued riding in the rain up through the mountains. We were constantly chasing a patch of blue sky that was always just ahead of us.
While we were stopped at a cafe the sky cleared and we had our New Zealand sun back. A man who was admiring the bike saw us stripping off our rain gear. He said, “You might have a wee bit of weather ahead.” We ignored his warning and rode down the road basking in the brilliant sun - for five minutes. Dark ominous clouds raced down the mountains toward us. We barely got off the bike and into our rain gear before the downpour started. Strong winds battered us. On the bike, the rain drops became ice needles driving into our faces. My helmet chin strap beat against my face viciously. The bike was blown across the road into the oncoming traffic lane or toward roadside ditches in spite of all Ely’s attempts to control it. The winds actually blew a large window out of one of the Wellington car ferries that day and the churning waves filled it with water. Fortunately all the passengers were rescued.
At right, a perfect New Zealand, especially as seen from a touring motorcycle.
Many county water customers were shocked when they opened their most recent bill, which showed in some cases double the amount owed in a normal month.
According to Pickens County Water & Sewer Director Larry Coleman, there was an issue with the billing program that pulled balances from 2008, with total amounts due reflecting a previous month’s balance and a current month’s balance.
“So they had double the cost in many cases,” Coleman said. “Some had a smaller balance, but many had more.”
Coleman said their office received calls or walk-ins from 700 to 800 customers on the very first day statements were received.
The director said he has been in touch with programmers, but they are still uncertain about the cause of the mishap.
“We can’t find out what caused it,” he said. “We’re working on it.”
Coleman said each month the office manually checks the first few bills to ensure they are accurate, but this month, “something happened with the program after those first ones we checked.”
Coleman noted that bills were also sent to customers who have left the county water system since 2008, and others who have entered since that time received no bill at all.
“But we’ve got a call fire system, which we can send out calls to everyone,” he said. “We told them to disregard this bill and that a new one would be on the way. We’ve have apologized to everyone, and most of them are being understanding.”
Coleman said by using this rapid call alert system, they department has been able to contact 95 percent of county water customers.
The department, Coleman said, has reprinted all 2,500 bills and has manually checked each statement to be sure they are correct.
“We are on our way to send them to the post office right now,” Coleman said mid Friday afternoon, May 6.
Because of the mess up, due dates will be extended this month, but Coleman was unsure about new cutoff dates.
“I’m going to sit down with the commissioner and talk about that,” he said. “But we’ve got everything straightened out.”