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.
Revisit advance health directives every five years, attorney says
According to discussion at last week’s senior center program, advance health directives are essential when considering how you’d like your final days to be and they offer assurance that your medical care is carried out as you’d like at a time when you may not be able to instruct caregivers or doctors.
In a culture where death isn’t readily discussed, you can have peace of mind that your wishes concerning how you die are carried out through an advance health directive, according to speakers at a series on end-of-life decisions at the Pickens Senior Citizens Center on Stegall Drive.
The Georgia directive, which can be found online, combines a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care, allowing people to choose for themselves issues relating to their medical care. From assigning a health care agent and guardian to detailing treatment preferences such as whether you want to withhold or withdraw life support or accept or refuse nutrition and/or hydration, the health care directive can be an all encompassing tool to ensure you control all aspects of your personal and medical care.