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Mostly uneventful winter weather on Wed.; Snow continuing on Thurs.

Note: Cove Road is closed at the S- Curves


 trees with snow  Commissioner Rob Jones reported late Wed. evening that the "historic"  winter storm called for by weatherman around the country had not been too bad for road or emergency crews. “The public has really helped us by staying off the roads,” he said.


  Jones said the fire departments had handled a number of downed trees across power lines and roads and power crews had restored service in several locations – all relatively quickly.

  “Both Georgia Power and Amicalola EMC have done a great job getting power back on,” he said. He said it seemed like there were power outages somewhere all day, but most were restored fairly quickly.

   However, Jones said he predicts overnight and tomorrow morning could see the worst road conditions as all the slush, snow and sleet out there now will likely freeze solid.

   Road crews have worked around the clock. Scrapping the slush off as much as possible and salting and sanding. “But it’s coming back in tonight and we can’t do much as the temperatures drop,” he said.

   Cove Road, the usual trouble spot at the S Curves, is closed for the night and will be re-evaluated tomorrow morning. Jones said there had been several cars off the road there but all have been moved.

   He noted the county is operating an emergency shelter but it had not been used as of 9 p.m. He said it is primarily for anyone who has medical conditions, such as needing oxygen, and whose power goes out overnight. If someone needs to reach the shelter they should call 911.


Spotting coyote tracks in the snow


Photo of coyote track from Mike Cain.

   While the weather today is not ideal for much, a solid snow offers a unique chance to see if you have coyotes near your house.

   Mike Cain, of Cain’s Wildlife Removal, was able to use the last snow here to gauge the number of coyotes near the Joy House for a removal job he has underway there (see last week’s e-edition). He estimated four based on tracks.

         While even professional trackers acknowledge that telling dog tracks from coyote is difficult, Cain offers some tips to get started.

 • A coyote track is more oblong or egg-shaped than a dog’s.

• Coyote tracks are more compact than a dog track.

• For coyotes, their hind foot pad is generally smaller than the front.

• Finally it is not uncommon to see a coyote track where the claws are less prominent than a dog’s where the claws are more visible in the snow or mud. Dogs also tend to have blunter nails than the coyote.

Snowjam part II bearing down on Georgia

 State mobilizes resources ahead of winter storm

cove road snow

A secene from the first taste of snow this winter. All forecasts indicate we are in for a second helping Tuesday.


Updated: Deal declares state of emergency for 14 counties

Order targets North Georgia; governor will expand scope as Winter Storm Warning spreads

Following the Winter Storm Warning, Gov. Nathan Deal this morning declared a state of emergency for 14 North Georgia counties: Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks and Jackson counties.




With the National Weather Service issuing a Winter Storm Watch for Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Nathan Deal today put emergency response agencies on alert and began significant preparations.

    “I have directed the State Patrol, Department of Transportation and Department of Natural Resources to begin moving assets toward areas where the snow and ice are expected, and I have issued a ‘warning order’ for the National Guard -- an advance notice to personnel of the possibility of a ‘call up’ for a state mission,” said Deal. “At the moment, local meteorologists are advising us to expect a ‘major storm’ that could bring significant levels of snow and ice. We have passed along this latest weather information to school superintendents and local emergency management agencies.”


EMC crews standing by

From Amicalola EMC


With the threat of a winter storm approaching, our crews are standing by.  As always, we will respond quickly to power outages and will restore all outages as soon as is safely possible.

Our automated outage reporting system is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The most effective way to report an outage is by following these steps:

1.     Call 706-253-0359 OR 706-276-0359 OR 706-864-0359. 

2.     Listen carefully and follow the prompts.

3.     If the system does not recognize the number you are calling from, please enter the phone number that is associated with your account.

4.     You may leave a detailed recording if necessary. Please speak clearly and slowly and give the following information: Exact name as it appears on the bill (not the name of the caller), account number if available and 911 physical address of the outage.

5.     One call is all this is needed to record the outage. 

Please remember to stay away from any downed power lines and always assume any downed line is still energized.

STAR students & teachers to be recognized at banquet


L-R seated STAR students – STAR teachers standing behind them:
    Katie O’Shields - Tony Young; Richlan (Richi) Hutchins - Andrea Yates; Silas Lott - Adam Wharton; Jimmy Lee - Rodney Martin; Will Avant - Kelly McArthur; Kaleigh Watters - Susan Anderson; Jacob; Stephens - Lynn Cantrell; Jeremy Thornton - Gail Culbreth; Haley Matthews - Mary Land; Will Lawson - Clara Pantazopoulos


Submitted by Reeder Burch

    Kaleigh Watters has been named the 2014 STAR Student of Pickens High School and she selected Susan Anderson as her STAR Teacher.