By Laiken Owens
2012 PHS graduate James Jernigan saved a young girl from drowning last Friday, July 5. “It was a pretty wild moment,” he said.
Jernigan and his family were on vacation at Tybee Island when it happened. Jernigan was swimming with his family when they heard a girl screaming.
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Pickens County Schools New Student registration will be Tuesday July 16 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 91 D.B. Carroll Street (Where school board holds meetings). Enrollment forms are online at PickensCountySchools.org. For more information 706-253-1700.
The speaker at the grandstand said that Jasper was the only city in Georgia that had the guts to carry on with Independence Day plans with so much rain in the forecast and that had already fallen overnight.
Today, the brave were rewarded --no rain fell during the July 4th parade, which wrapped up about 10:30 a.m. with wet streets but nothing more coming down.
A long time Lions Club member estimated the crowd was down from normal attendance by about half, but the show had gone on.
Other activities are similarly scheduled to roll as planned.
Getting out to stretch his legs, Pickens Animal Shelter dog George has a blast as Eddie and Kelli consider him as an adoptee. Shelter director Cindy Wilson (left) says good photos are usually all it takes to bring black dogs into the limelight.
When you see a big black dog do you avoid eye contact, turn and swiftly walk the other way? Do you find yourself rolling up your windows and locking the doors? Do thoughts of a black dog conjure up images of the red-eyed hounds of Hell?
These examples may be extreme, but according to Pickens County Animal Shelter Director Cindy Wilson black dogs unfairly get the shaft at adoption facilities, and she wants to raise awareness about the animals she says get “looked right over.”
“It’s amazing,” Wilson said. “People come in here and it’s like they don’t even see them. People just don’t want a black dog. That’s the one animal that gets put down more than any other in shelters.”
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Wednesday morning crews were trying to beat the rain and get Court Street paved. This is one of the final stages before the SPLOST-funded courthouse renovation project is completed.