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Safety Day this Saturday, June 7


By Ralph O. Dennis
Nelson Correspondent
    On June 7, the City of Nelson will host the biggest event to come to town in many years. Nelson Police Department and E.W. Hightower Lodge #679 F&AM will join forces. They are co-sponsoring the first ever Public Safety Day. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.
    During this event, law enforcement agencies, fire agencies, the American Red Cross and the Lodge will have many activities going on. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office will be sending their Command Center and Bear Cat. Pickens County Sheriff’s Office will have several units and their auxiliary will have a display of the “Gator” that they are having a raffle for. Cherokee County Fire Department will have a ladder truck and their child safety unit. Jasper Police Department will have their Humvee on display.
    The American Red Cross in conjunction with the Lodge will have a blood drive. To schedule a time to donate a lifesaving unit, please call 770-757-0689. The Red Cross will also send their Disaster Preparedness Unit.
    The Lodge will host a GAChIP event. This is a free child Identification Program. Each kit contains a printed information sheet with the data of the child, a CD with four pictures of the child, an interview for a voice print and digital fingerprints. The kit also includes a DNA swab. This activity will be in the Lodge building.
    The Nelson Police Department will have their vehicles on display and their new reserve officer there. The department will have free T-shirts and backpacks for the youngsters.
    E.W. Hightower Lodge #679 will also have a BBQ fundraiser that day. Your choice of chicken or pulled pork with beans, slaw, bread and a drink for a donation of $7.
    (If you donate blood, you will be given a discount for your meal). The Lodge will also have water and soft drinks available. A bounce house will also be available for the kids for a donation.

Waterpark questions answered



By Gerry Nechvatal, Pickens Economic Developer

[The following is an updated version of a report delivered in May by Economic Developer Gerry Nechvatal to the Chamber of Commerce Board].
     The visit by the Port Royal Development Team sparked a great deal of interest as evidenced by the tremendous turnout at the Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast in May, and although the response has been very positive, there have been some valid questions and legitimate concerns which I would like to address.

For comments from the economic developer pick up a print copy or follow the link to our e-edition.

Classical guitar kicks of Summer Sounds series

    From country to Motown, series will keep the fun in summer


     Sharptop Arts Association is happy to announce a new musical series, with performers to include a wide-range of genres to keep those toes tapping all summer long. 
    Kicking of the Summer Sounds series is classical guitarist Jeff Bianchi, who is back by popular demand. Bianchi performed to a standing-room-only crowd at the Sharptop gallery last year and is thrilled to be back.

Extra dough for ACES kids

aces-bread    Holding loaves of bread at Madeline’s Café - Sandra Wright, director of ACES; Gerard Monte of Madeline’s; Jennie Hobson, ACES volunteer; Betty Jean Thompson, ACES nutritionist and head of the bread-production; Hector Rosano of Madeline’s; Bernadette Macarthur, ACES assistant director.   

     In an innovative partnership, the ACES emergency shelter kids will make bread under the supervision of their nutritionist, using some ingredients from a garden planted by the local Master Gardeners and equipment bought by a volunteer. The bread is then sold at Madeline’s Café.

Former Marine riding cross-country for wounded veterans

“Veterans deserve someone to make outrageous goals for them,” said rider


     Veteran Matt Littrell (left) and friend Raymond Avery (right) take a break at the overlook on Burnt Mountain before continuing their 2,700 mile trip across country on horseback to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund.

     It was just a year-and-a-half ago that veteran Matt Littrell was staring at a pistol, thinking of taking his own life.
    But unlike the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day, with only 22 states reporting, Littrell didn’t follow through.