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Black Dog Syndrome rampant at shelters

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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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"The only city in Georgia with the guts" to have July 4th parade

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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.

See July 4th holiday weekend schedule.

Rise in cremations may signal weakening traditions

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    Kevin Roper, owner of Roper’s Funeral Home stands in the urn room, where he offers families a choice of many options for the keeping of their passed loved one.
     For much of our history, Pickens countians, like many throughout the South, have shunned cremation for loved ones, opting instead for a traditional Christian burial where their bodies are laid to rest in consecrated ground.
    But, that trend is changing as more people than ever are choosing cremation.
    “Currently we are handling around 70 cremations a year,” said Kevin Roper of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory. “In the past couple of years cremation has represented about 50 percent of the total calls we receive.”

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