This photo was taken with a trail cam on Monday, Feb. 21 at a Main Street residence in Jasper.
Update: As of March 2, the urban wild boar that is calling residential Jasper home was still roaming free. See this week's Progress to read about the challenges of capturing the wild pig that came to town.
Some residents on South Main Street in Jasper have Porky on the brain after wild hogs have been spotted with a trail cam in the dense residential area.
Nearly a week ago one homeowner noticed visible signs of the creatures. This resident said he found part of his yard destroyed, with the ground dug up and noticeable hog tracks near the site
A trail cam was set up at the residence, which captured several images of the animal. There is some speculation from trappers, however, that there is more than one hog in the downtown area.
We will be following this story through the weekend and will have a full version in next week’s print edition.
Look Good…Feel Better helps build confidence with beauty makeover
Pictured, Pickens program volunteers Amy Leake (top) and Nancy Unzicker during a makeover presentation.
“One of the hardest things about going through chemo is losing your hair,” said Pickens’ Look Good…Feel Better organizer Tanya Kyle, who lost her own hair to chemotherapy treatment nearly 30 years ago.
“Your hair is part of being female, and when you start to lose it, it is just devastating,” she said.
The American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better program was established to help support women who are not only struggling with the energy, appetite and strength-robbing effects of cancer, but who are experiencing low self-confidence because of the physical changes that often accompany active chemo treatment.
“I love this program,” said Kyle. “I love it because for one day you forget about your troubles and woes. Even if you don’t go out much, when you walk by the mirror and you’ve lost weight or your hair is falling out, you don’t feel good about yourself.
Proud volunteers of the Hinton Fire Department, photographed March 2008.
With the ongoing reliance on volunteer firefighters here, County Fire Chief Bob Howard has initiated a recruitment drive to gain new volunteers. The reason is straightforward, he said.
Even with full-time paid firefighters in place today, Pickens County still depends heavily on volunteer firefighters to make a response when fire breaks out.
The county fire department runs on a 24-hour basis (with professional firefighters manning two county firehouses round the clock) by relying on a total of just five paid firefighters per shift, explained Howard.
Backing that small core of professionals is a long roll of trained volunteers who also respond to fight fire whenever the call comes down, the chief said.
During a pre-trial hearing Friday, Feb. 11, a GBI agent described how Ben Thomas Abbott confessed to the killing of his in-laws the previous Wednesday, hoping to collect on their life insurance policies and keep his family from losing their home.
During the emotional hearing, Abbott’s wife described the night her parents were killed as her husband, shackled and dressed in orange prison fatigues, sat at the defense table with his chin tucked tightly to his chest, not making eye contact with anyone during the hour-long hearing in the county’s main courtroom.
The hearing, which saw onlookers sobbing and leaving the courtroom, was held in front of Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington to determine if there was adequate evidence for the case to be bound over to superior court, which it was judged to be. The next step will be for the case to be presented to a grand jury.
During the course of the hearing, District Attorney Joe Hendricks only called two witnesses: GBI Special Agent Dustin Hamby and the accused’s wife, Trinity Abbott. Through their testimony, the state built a detailed view of events before and after the killings of Raymond and Cythina Campbell at their home on Long Swamp Church Road on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
Christian novelist brings mystery and romance to a place once called home
In Carolyn Koontz DeArteaga’s world the line between reality and fiction is like a blurry watercolor, where characters cherry pick from real-life people, and imaginary streets and landscapes dovetail with places in three-dimensional time and space.
In DeArteaga’s new novel, Wake the Sleeping Lady, she transports us to a Pickens County that exists one step removed from our own plane of reality. Many elements are left in tact, such as The Woodbridge Inn, Oglethorpe Mountain and the charms of Appalachian culture, but she spends plenty of time flexing her creative muscles, replacing Jasper with the small mountain town of Windy Ridge and substituting other well-known landmarks with ones that dip their toes into the imaginary.