From Pickens Schools
Now that it seems we have definitely entered into winter, the Pickens County School District wants to make sure you are aware of how we will proceed in case of inclement weather. Our number one priority is to make sure our students and staff are safe.
At the beginning of every school year, each parent completes a form where a choice is made regarding what your child will do in case school is released early. Should school ever be released early, your child will go home based on your selection on the form. Following this procedure allows us to account for all students and make sure they are safe, which is the most important part of what we do.
The county spread 18,000 gallons of their own brine Monday ahead of an expected snow. While the weather took a turn for the better, the test run was still judged a success.
The first snow of the season turned out to be less of a snow, more of a wet mess – but the winter weather “event” still gave the county an opportunity to test its new brine making equipment with “better than expected” results.
“It went extremely well,” said Pickens Commission Chair Rob Jones. “Much better than expected.”
In just four hours on Monday morning, crews put down 18,000 gallons of brine on dozens of the busiest county roads. They started treatment on school property, the hospital, county buildings, and moved on to
“Three walls and roof” shelter, water required
by law says shelter director
Last weekend a resident of the Hinton area was alarmed after spotting a dog in a kennel with no shelter from the driving rains and then frigid temps. The animal lover called the Progress on Monday after seeing the dog remain in the open kennel over the nasty three-day weekend.
“There was no cover. No dog house, just a five-gallon bucket [likely for water]. The dog is probably dead by now,” the man said on January 21st. “Something needs to be done.”
After not getting a weekend response from the animal shelter, the man called and then went to the jail. Deputies went to the house to check on the dog but found no one home and could not make contact with the owners.
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Damon Howell / Photo
The county was busy last Wednesday morning mixing the first batch of brine with their newly-installed equipment. The system will allow the county to produce their own salt solution in-house, which means they can make as much as they need to treat Pickens County roads before storms hit. In years past, brine would be trucked in from other counties— causing roads to ice over before it could be delivered. Director of Utilities Phillip Dean (pictured) said the new equipment makes it possible to get a jump on predicted storms as soon as they hit Alabama.
Craig named citizen of the year (l-r): Chamber Director Amberle Godfrey, Sheriff Donnie Craig with wife, Tina, and children, Ashley and Tyler at the Chamber’s Winter Ball Saturday at the Tate House.
Sheriff Donnie Craig was named the Pickens Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year at the business group’s Winter Ball Saturday at the Tate House. Bojangles won Business of the Year and Michelle Logan was named as the group’s Ambassador of the Year.