General news and features
The Pickens Library recently launched a Lego Club with almost 20 people showing up for the first meeting last week. They plan to begin holding regular meetings after the holidays. At the kickoff meeting, members were provided with Lego blocks and were welcome to create whatever their imaginations thought up.
See more information on this new library in our print or e- edition this week.
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Pet Medication Scare In The News
By Lyn Lewis D.V.M.
Wayside Animal Clinic
This Monday, Channel 2 Action News ran a story on a heartworm product Trifexis killing dogs. What a sensational story, a scandal, something that could cause widespread panic. In fact we have gotten many phone calls on this issue since they started advertising this story last Friday. It has really stirred the pot getting a lot of pet owners concerned. This whole story’s basis comes from a Facebook page, not scientific literature, someplace for people to come together and bash a product without having to provide any proof. When I looked at this page, the most recent post tells how they have kicked off and blocked some Facebook users for defending the product! Overall it doesn’t seem very fair to me.
But there has to be a shred of truth to almost every rumor right. I had our office manager pull up the amount of Trifexis and Comfortis we have sold which is just a little above 10,000 doses.
By Congressman Doug Collins
This week, we recognized Veterans’ Day. Veterans’ Day is an opportunity to express gratitude to real-life heroes like U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Sean Adams of Gainesville, who lost his legs, left thumb, and a finger in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.
My time in Iraq also opened my eyes to the stress our men and women in uniform experience during and after deployment. Away from loved ones for an extended period of time, under constant threat of attack, I saw men and women facing some of the most difficult days of their life. These strenuous conditions make reintegration into civilian life deeply challenging for many members of our military.
Last Wednesday Cain’s Wildlife Removal, hauled the 11th wild boar out of Big Canoe after they were contracted by the community’s property owner association to begin trapping in October. See video of them preparing the pig for transport.
Then earlier this week they caught four more of the feral pigs including one reddish colored pig. It is thought the capture of four removes one complete group of pigs from the gated community, but at least one more group and possibly two are still rooting in the upscale mountain community.
Mike Cain of Cain’s Wildlife Removal thought there were up to 30 wild pigs there to start with, divided into at least two sounders (technical name for a group of pigs).
Read the rest of this story at our e-edition or in our print edition, now on sale.
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Talking Rock artist, Jo Wells Davis will be introducing her “Textured Light Art” glass sculptural art work at the latest Sharptop show.
If you have art in your soul you will want to mark your calendar for November 15th, 5 p.m. when area artists will open the doors to their most recent creations displayed at Sharptop Arts Center on D.B. Carroll just around the corner from Stearns Bank.
This year’s show will debut the works of new artists who have joined Pickens’ talented community as well as the art of cherished established artists who dwell among us.
“Home for the Holidays” opens Friday, November 15th at 5 p.m. with a reception recognizing artists who have submitted work for the show. New members are encouraged to join Sharptop Arts Center and feature their work at this popular annual event.