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GEMA releases statement on fuel shortage


     Many Pickens gas stations, like one on Highway 53 West pictured above, are low or completely out of supply.

     Georgia residents are being urged not to panic or create a "run on the pumps." Many Pickens County gas stations are reporting that they are either low or completely out of supply. See a statement from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on the status of repair of the gas pipeline that ruptured in Alabama on Sept. 9.

Message from Georgia Emergency Management Agency:

On Friday, September 9th in Shelby, Alabama a leak was discovered in the Colonial Pipeline (Line 1) that provides gasoline to the region. The flow of gasoline in line 1 was suspended pending repairs. It was anticipated that the repairs would be complete by the end of last week, however, work was temporarily delayed due to weather. Our leg of Line 1 is expected to be put back into service sometime next week.

The sound of survival: Cancer survivors ring bell to signal end of chemotherapy


    Pictured with Sandra Morrison and Debbie Dobbs (holding bell) are Dr. Curtis Miles (back row right) and staff from the Northwest Georgia Oncology Center, representatives from Community Bank of Pickens County and family. The bell was mounted in the Jasper oncology office last week for cancer survivors to ring after their final chemo treatment.

    It was August of last year when Pickens resident Debbie Dobbs heard the words no one wants to hear.
    You’ve got cancer.
    “You’re devastated,” Dobbs said. “You hear the word ‘cancer’ and think things like, ‘Am I going to die?’ But you have to find the strength to move forward and battle it.”

Ball Ground pulls plug on Heritage Days


    The heritage of Heritage Days has brought some large crowds in Ball Ground back in the 1970s and 1980s. The festival has been cancelled for this year, but may be resurrected in the future.

By Larry Cavender
Progress contributor
    "It's because of lack of interest," Main Street Association Director Karla Weaver replied when asked the reason why the Heritage Festival in Ball Ground had been cancelled this year. Apparently, it was not a "lack of interest" of

Girl Scouts assist veterans preparing for Memorial Day ceremony


Submitted by Jennifer Clark


Each year local veteran groups place large white crosses at the Memorial Garden across from McDonalds in advance of Memorial Day. These crosses are inscribed with the names of Pickens County military personnel who have given their lives in service to our country.  

This year those crosses were in need of some repair.  Working through the local Marine Corps League, the Girl Scouts of Pickens County stepped up for a couple days of painting and stenciling to get these crosses ready for this year’s ceremony. 

While it was a lot of work, these girls really enjoyed their community service and it has given many of them a greater appreciation of our military, and the sacrifice they may be called to make, than they had before.  We hope you will join us in honoring all our fallen service men and women this Memorial Day.

No make-up days required, and other school board news


By Eileen Steinhauer

contributing writer

    If the Georgia High School graduation test stopped you from earning your high school diploma, you still have a chance to earn it.
    Due to a new law passed in the Georgia Assembly, House Bill 91, students who did not graduate because they did not pass the high school graduation test can now petition the Pickens County School District to receive their diplomas.


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    Fran Fish

    Fran M. Fish of South Sioux City, Ne., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 18, 2010, at the age of 68 in her home surrounded by her family. Fran, or “Mama” as she was known to her grandkids, was born on Sept. 29, 1942, in Columbus, Oh. to her parents, Raymond and Valencia (Gibson) Fife. Fran attended grade school in the Columbus and Mt. Vernon area where she grew up as a child.

    She ventured to Evangel College in Springfield, Mo., where she met her loving husband Jerry Fish. Fran became Mrs. Fran Fish on Aug. 23, 1963, at the First Assembly of God church in Sioux City. She and Jerry began their life together in Springfield, Mo., continuing onto Kansas City, where they had their first daughter, Missy. They moved to Jasper, Ga., where they lived for 14 years and had their two youngest daughters, Tammy and Stacey. The Fish family moved to Sioux City in 1982 where they have resided ever since.

     Fran was a school teacher in all of the areas where her family resided over the years. She was a member of the Morningside Assembly of God church where she led Women’s Bible Studies and a Young Couple’s Sunday School class with her husband Jerry. She was also a former member of Cornerstone World Outreach. Fran lived to touch others through her teaching. She loved reading her Bible, spending time drinking coffee with family and friends, talking on the phone with loved ones, reading Christian novels and putting together puzzles.

    She was known to her grandkids as the best “Mama” anyone could ever ask for. Everything she loved incorporated her family, especially her loving husband Jerry. Many referred to her as beautiful, classy lady. Even until the end, her faith and stature did not fade. Fran will be remembered and missed by her husband of 48 years, Jerry Fish, South Sioux City. Others include three daughters and their husbands, Missy and Todd Willenborg, Elkhorn, Ne., Tammy and Paul Young, South Sioux City, and Stacey and Raul Sanchez, Sgt. Bluff, Ia.; grandchildren, Trevor and Tauhni Willenborg, Emma Young, Tyler, Terrence, Tavian and Valencia Sanchez. Fran’s sister is Anne LeValley of Tehachapi, Ca. She also has a mother & father-in-law, three sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

    Preceding her in death were her parents, Ray and Valencia Fife; and one niece, Heather Olson. Fran’s celebration of life was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, from Morningside Assembly of God Church. The burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Pastors Johnny Helton, Lee Crumb and Tom Jacobs officiated the celebration. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland in her name.  


    Barbara Roland Duncan


    Barbara Roland Duncan, age 67 of Ball Ground, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Embracing Hospice following an extended illness.

    Born August 25, 1943, in Dawson County to the late Earl and Mae Roland, she had lived in Cherokee County for the past 27 years having moved from Chatsworth.  Mrs. Duncan was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville.  

    She was also preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Duncan; sisters, Geraldine Roland, Lorene Ayers and Betty Sue Waters; and brother, Dewey Roland. Surviving are her children, Stacy and Danyell Duncan, Canton, Jeffrey and Amy Duncan, Oxford, N.C., Angie and Chris Goynes and Kim Duncan, Ball Ground; sisters, Nora Neal, Dawsonville, and Jean Bryant, Cumming; brothers and sisters- in-law, Jimmy and Ora Roland, Dahlonega, and Billy and Annie Roland, Dawsonville; grandsons, Zachary, Cole, Austin, Daniel and Garrett Duncan; and a number of other relatives. The funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 24, at 11 a.m. from Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Hill officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery. www.beardenfuneralhome. com.



    Rosetta McDaris

    Mrs. Rosetta B. McDaris, age 81 of Canton, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Mrs. McDaris was a member of Waleska Church of God of Prophecy. She was a retired dietician with R.T. Jones Hospital and enjoyed gardening. 

    Survivors include her children, Carolyn (Doug) Harmon and Betty Sue (Mike) Martin, all of Canton; sisters, Jeanette Parker, Ruby Watson and Eva Pharr, all of Canton, and Ruthie Lamanac, Woodstock; brothers, Fred Blalock, Canton, Ben Blalock, Alabama, LeRoy Blalock, Mississippi, and Bobby Blalock, Jasper; grandchildren, Damon, Derrick and Derena Harmon and Eric Martin; great-grandchildren, Dusty, Dylan, Alexis, Zachary, McKenzie, Jacob, Laura Beth, Amber and Levi.  The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, from Waleska Church of God of Prophecy. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

    Sosebee Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  www.sosebeefuneralhome. com



    Sherry Morgan

    Mrs. Sherry Gale Morgan, age 64 of Talking Rock, Ga., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, Ga., following a sudden illness.  Born Oct. 1, 1946, in Atlanta, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Elkins.

    Mrs. Morgan had worked as a cashier with Blue Star Grocery Store in Jasper and was a member of the Sunnyside Church of God in Canton, Ga.  Survivors include her husband, Glenn Morgan, Talking Rock; daughters and sons-in-law, Kelly and Ernie Darnell, Canton, and Melissa and Danny Nicholson, Cumming; four grandchildren; mother, Mrs. Allene Elkins, Douglasville, Ga.; and sister, Wanda Reagan, Douglasville, Ga. Other relatives also survive. 

    The funeral service was held at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 24, from Roper Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Brown officiateing. Interment followed at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. Flowers were accepted; however, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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