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Cold weather brings woes for homeowners

Busted pipes, water damage spell doom

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        Global Restoration pumped more than 1,500 gallons of water from this commercial building after frigid weather froze the sprinkler system. Soaked ceiling tiles had to be removed as part of the restoration.
   

    Shawna Isaac’s son spent Monday insulating pipes in his mother’s home after frigid temperatures earlier this month left her with busted pipes and a soaked crawlspace.

No, we don’t know how to handle the cold

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By Angela Reinhardt
Staff writer
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    We don’t know how to handle the cold here in Pickens County - and why should we? We’re southerners.
    I realize not everyone reading this is from the south, but like many of you I’ve always called Georgia home.

Lawson PHS Valedictorian, Mathews PHS Salutatorian

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                                                           Photo / Savannah Laney - Dragons' Lair News.

    Two all-state bassoon players and best friends are the class of 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian. Will Lawson (valedictorian) and Haley Mathews (salutatorian) were named last week to these top academic titles for having the highest GPAs at Pickens High. They are pictured with PHS Principal Eddie McDonald.
    See profiles of the two students in next week’s PHS Dragons’ Lair News page for the Pickens County Progress.

 

Clerk of Court angry over "micro managing"

Pickens County Seal 3d    While it’s been mostly cordial, the board of commissioners and the clerk of court have been at odds since October of 2013 over budget cuts to the point that an e-mail from Clerk of Court Gail Brown indicated a possible suit against the county could be forthcoming.
    In an interview last week, Brown said the only way she would ever file a “mandamus” action against the county would be as an absolute final resort and that her office has been able to absorb the unwanted cuts so far. But Brown was also clear that her office is under-funded and under-staffed and she feels the commissioners have cut her  funding unfairly and “micro-managed” her operations.

     See the print or online editions for the rest of this story.
   

Winter weather wreaks havoc on PHS Field House

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    Cold weather caused pipes to burst in ceiling of the PHS football field house.

 

By Eileen Steinhauer
Progress contributor
    Winter weather not only slowed the return of students to school last week, but it also caused major damage to the Pickens High School Football Field House.
    According to Rick Little, Pickens County Director of Operations, due to the prolonged cold temperatures, water pipes in the ceiling of the Field House burst in seven different areas.