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Monday fire that endangered family a criminal act, says fire marshal

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An insurance adjuster measures the remnants of a house which caught fire early Monday morning on Carlan Road.

 

In a stunning twist, the county fire marshal said late Wednesday, the blaze on Carlan Road which destroyed a home and threatened a family’s lives appears to have been intentionally set.

Assistant Fire Chief Curtis Clark, who also serves as the fire marshal, said, “We are ruling this was an intentionally set fire and a criminal act against the homeowners.”

The fire was reported at 1:14 a.m. Monday when a Pickens deputy on routine patrol spotted the front porch of the Carlan Road home in flames.

Deputy saves family from burning home

Owner says they will “pay forward”all the support community has shown

 

Damon Howell / Photo                  

An insurance adjuster measures the remnants of a house which caught fire early Monday morning on Carlan Road.

 

A patrolling deputy is being credited with saving a Carlan Road family from a fire that destroyed their home early Monday.

According to sheriff and fire department reports, Corporal Heath Watson, who has been with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office about three years, was on regular patrol on Carlan Road, at about 1 a.m. Monday, when he saw the front porch of Bobby and Melissa Bradley’s home in flames.

Assistant Fire Chief Curtis Clark said later Monday that he didn’t know at that point why the front porch was burning. He said there were no Christmas decorations in that area, and Ms. Bradley said they hadn’t even put up their tree yet.

Clark said it is unusual for a front porch to be the starting point of a fire. Clark noted when speaking to the Progress later on Monday morning that he had been on the scene since the blaze but had not had time to go over his notes, so he didn’t have any definitive ideas on the blaze.

The couple and 8-year-old daughter were asleep and could have burned to death had it not been for the deputy passing by, spotting the flames and then taking action.

Clark said, “If it hadn’t been for the sheriff deputy, they [the family] would have still been in there. He was instrumental in reporting the fire and in saving some lives.”

 

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Pickens dog later found to be rabid creates exposure problem for many following Thanksgiving dinner

From North Ga. Health District

An unvaccinated Boxer belonging to a family on Damascus Road tested positive for rabies on December 6. As a result, environmental health officials had to recommend post rabies exposure treatment to people who most recently handled the dog before it was euthanized on December 5.

Almost thirty people were evaluated for rabies exposure in this case because the dog had been present during a Thanksgiving family gathering in Pickens County. There was no indication of exposure to those persons; however, six other people, including two veterinary technicians and four family members, were considered potentially exposed. Five have begun post-exposure rabies treatments, but one family member has declined to undergo post-exposure preventive treatments.

Open the door at the Joy House with matching gift campaign

 

By Steve Lowe

Executive Director

Joy House

We have enjoyed a good response to our matching gift challenge to finish the boy’s home in the last month. A couple who are regular donors to the Joy House have issue a matching gift challenge to complete our new boy’s home and school. They will match dollar-for-dollar any gift received between now and Dec. 31 up to $20,000. This will give us the needed $40,000 to bring the project to completion.

We are looking forward to opening the doors of this new home so we can help more young men and their families. Completing this home will allow us to minister with eight young men versus the four we can currently serve. Because of our limited capacity we have been unable to help several young men and their families over the past several months who have called seeking help.

As of Monday, Dec. 12, we have received $7,500 of the needed $20,000.  We appreciate all the support we have received from the community so far, and would ask others to prayerfully consider if the Lord would have you be a part of finishing this important project.

You can make a check donation by sending to the mailing address below and noting “Boy’s Home” in the memo line. You can also donate by visiting the website at www.thejoyhouse.org and click “Make a Donation” on the right. When making a donation online please specify “Campus Fund.”

For more information you can contact Steve Lowe at 706-253-7569 or by e-mailing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Your partnership will allow us to open the doors and hearts to more hurting young men and their families.

The Joy House

PO Box 247

Jasper, Ga. 30143

Putting the Green in the Christmas Tree at Harmony Elementary

 

Above, The Environmental Club at Harmony Elementary created Christmas ornaments from trash to show how recycling can work.

Written by students from

Harmony Elementary School

Environmental Club members at Harmony Elementary School created ornaments from trash or recycled materials to decorate the hallway tree. Recycling is a daily chore for the Environmental Club. The fifth-grade students gather recycled materials and place them in the outside recycle  bin.

Students at Harmony are diligent in placing recycle materials in the classroom bins to be gathered for regular recycling.

Favorite ornaments from this year and previous years overflowed the beautiful recycled tree.  Students were challenged to use their imaginations to create ornaments from unusable items that would have been thrown away otherwise.

The students created many types of ornaments, from snowmen to Christmas trees made from pop tops.