Ga. Forestry crews burn areas along Highway 53 in Marble Hill to prevent the spread of a wildland fire that has consumed 780 acres since Tuesday. Seth Pierce with the Ga. Forestry Commission said Friday afternoon that the forest fire was 80 percent contained and under control. He said by nightfall Friday they would have it completely controlled, but the area may still continue to smoke. Pierce said they had established lines around the perimeter and burned some areas ahead of the fire. They will continue monitoring it.
Only one house has been threatened with no other homes in the area.
The fire began Tuesday and was thought to be mostly out Wednesday afternoon, but strong winds in the storm that night brought it back to life. No structures have been damaged.
Some homeowners of gated community infuriated, accuse board of
mismanagement and inadequate research
The gated community of Bent Tree has just undergone its first deer culling, where 54 deer were shot by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) to thin a herd wildlife officials say became too large for the residential area.
But some property owners in the community vehemently opposed the killing, which took place Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 16. They accuse the Bent Tree Board of Directors of not backing up the cull with enough research, of improperly conducting the herd survey, of not attempting to manage the herd with alternative methods, of mismanaging funds to pay for the cull and, in some cases, of wanting to eliminate the wildlife in Bent Tree for the sake of saving “fancy yards and flowers” from becoming deer food.
Over the three-day cull, Mitch Yeargin of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said he was called out to subdue conflicts that may have arisen from Bent Tree residents opposed to the kill.
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Employees from Jasper Banking Company and a neighboring print shop on Main Street clean up the remains of the clock-sign which was blown away in heavy winds Wednesday night. Other roofs and signs throughout Jasper showed signs of damage from strong winds Thursday morning.
Damage from Wednesday night’s winds were mostly minor and mainly in Jasper.
“It appears at this point the damage was pretty much cosmetic with a little debris, downed trees, signs awning and some roof damage,” said Pickens Fire Chief Bob Howard. However, he noted there may be damage that hasn’t been reported yet.
Extensive damage was done to the roof of a building on the corner of Burnt Mtn. Rd.
and East Church St.
A group of senior citizens met with State Rep. Rick Jasperse Friday in Bent Tree to look at options for older residents to gain some exemption from property taxes that fund schools.
About ten seniors, some of whom led previous efforts to gain a senior tax exemption, brought the issue out of hibernation with the organizational meeting.
Near the end of the meeting, Robert Winston summed up the status: “We’re off to a good start here. It will be interesting to see what happens when the story hits the streets. We need to get our facts and figures and see where we’re going to go with this.”
Friday’s roundtable organizer Walter Bogas said he has been spearheading efforts for at least three years trying to gain some type of senior property tax relief, but his efforts have not been well received thus far.