Drivers unharmed in Highway 53 accidents
Three horses were killed after being hit by vehicles on Highway 53 West near Big Ridge Road last night in a string of three separate accidents.
None of the occupants to the vehicles were injured.
The accidents all occurred within a half mile of each other over a short span of time, but with the windy road, officers at the first collision could not see the other wrecks.
According to Pickens Sheriff Office spokesman Kris Stancil four horses got out of the same pasture and wandered onto the road about 4:30 a.m.
The fourth hourse was herded back into the pasture after it was discovered running loose. Deputies had already responded to the first call when the other two accidents occurred.
A pickup truck over-turned either after striking one of the horses or trying, unsuccessfully, to avoid it. One of the other vehicles was a transfer-truck. The third vehicle, also a pickup truck, only suffered minor damage, according to sheriff reports.
In an interview this morning, Stancil said the owner of the horses was notified and came immediately to the scene. No charges are pending.
Stancil said a livestock owner would be charged criminally only if it is shown that the animals were running loose because of neglect.
Spanish Moss hangs from trees around pristine parts of Jekyll Island if developers get their wish and marsh areas are counted as land, then more of the island will be opened for future use.
By Pam O’Dell
The Jekyll Island Authority has asked the Attorney General’s office to weigh in on a task force’s recommendation that marsh not be considered in determining the island’s land base. The land measurement is significant because it determines, according to state law, the amount of development that can occur on the island.
Hence, the determination on whether or not marsh is counted as land pits environmentalists and citizen activists against those who favor greater development on the island.
The Pickens County School Board met last week and announced Pickens High School’s 2013 Senior Class Valedictorian is Taylor Boggus (left), who maintained a GPA of 101.63 all four years of high school. Boggus plans to attend Armstrong Atlantic University in the fall.
With a GPA of 100.62, the Salutatorian is Amber Shields. She will attend the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega on a full scholarship. Look for complete profiles of these two outstanding students in an upcoming edition of the Progress.
See other awards and school board news on Page 16A of the print or online edition.