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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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By Steve Lowe
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.”
The Joy House
PO Box 247
Jasper, Ga. 30143
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.
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.
Georgia, December 12- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have not moved 0.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.28/g, according to gasoline price website GeorgiaGasPrices.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 34.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 14.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 15.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 32.2 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"Gasoline prices remain in limbo across parts of the U.S. while oil prices continue to swing in different directions as traders digest changes in market sentiment," according to GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "The national average remains subdued close to levels that we saw last week, but prices may soon move slightly higher as they follow a rising trend in wholesale gasoline prices," DeHaan added.
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