Jerry Poole waters a row of beans at his family’s Grandview Road garden. Poole said they try to work in the garden only early morning and evening as the mid-day heat makes it almost unbearable.
He has added a wide-brimmed hat in recent years as standard attire for sun protection when outside.
The Poole family are regulars at farmers markets around the area and supply a wide variety of vegetables, including squash, which can be seen staked to the white pipes behind Poole. Poole said his brother Danny got that idea for staking the plants that usually run spread along the ground after reading how Native Americans grew their squash.
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Poole said they have two fields that are well irrigated so the dry weather hasn’t been a problem for them but they do need to do some hand watering on the younger plants, like the beans shown above.
Six Pickens homeowners and one business would be displaced and several more homeowners affected by a Ga. DOT passing lane project in Marble Hill if work proceeds as presented Thursday during an open house.
Maps presented at the public hearing June 18th at Foothills Community Church had big red dots marking homes that are in the way of the proposed passing lanes or that lie so close to the work they would not be inhabitable.
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Ricky Maddron, an “outstanding young man” was killed on his way to work Monday on Highway 515.
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Hwy. 515 was shut down for five hours Monday morning following an early morning wreck that killed Ricky Lee Maddron, 34, of Ellijay. This marks the second fatal wreck along the Pickens County stretch of the highway this month.
Maddron was killed when his 2010 Chevy Impala crashed into a concrete truck on Hwy. 515 around 5:24 a.m. Maddron was driving south along the highway. Georgia State Patrol authorities say speed was likely a factor in the accident.
Heat Exhaustion, Hot Cars and Overexposure to Sun Pose Significant Threats
ATLANTA – With temperatures expected to be in the mid 90’s throughout the state for the next several days, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and sun and to limit strenuous outdoor activity to prevent heat related illnesses.
Pickens veterans of the Vietnam war being recognized (l-r): Robert Reitz, Russell Pendley, Michael O'Rear, Ron Caraway, Kiriko Kondos, James Reid, J.T. Swisher, Gene Teague, Daniel Fink, James Hefner, Charles Gillette, Joseph Ledbetter, and Eddy Washington.
By Hank Hollensbe
On March 20, the effort by Pete Wheeler, Georgia Commissioner of Veterans Service, to recognize the services of veterans of the Vietnam war culminated in the proclamation by Governor Nathan Deal that each of the 234,000 Georgia veterans of that war should be honored with a Certificate of Honor for meritorious services and that organizations throughout the State should assist in the holding of appropriate presentations.