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.
Pickens Animal Shelter held its grand opening Saturday.
The community was able to tour the shelter and see the occupants. Chief deputy Joe McDonald said, Pickens inmates did all of the work, and built all of the kennels from scratch.Lieutenant Wayne Cooley and inmates spent 40,000 man hours working to make this shelter possible.
Project Manager/Animal shelter director Christina Voyles helped order supplies and talked to vets about necessary precautions. She has also presuaded people to drive from out of state to adopt animals. In 2010 Voyles save rate for animals was 57 percent. Shelter hours are: Monday-closed, Tuesday-12 to 5, Wednesday-12 to 5, Thursday-12-5, Friday-12 to 5, Saturday-11 to 3 and Sunday-closed. For more information contact 706-253-8983