General news and features
Midday Tuesday, June 17, Georgia DOT engineer Sam Wheeler said crews were removing barricades at the Jones Mountain bridge on Highway 136 that has been closed since April.
"They will wait for a week or two and then go in and do a repair to the asphalt, but we are waiting to see if there is anymore settlement behind the bridge first," Wheeler said.
>>The repairs are considered temporary. One person on the job said it is a band-aid, but one that will allow the important connector between Pickens and Gilmer counties to be used until a permanent fix is completed.>
Captain Frank Reynolds with the Pickens sheriff’s office confirmed Tuesday that all the horses seized from a pasture where they were found malnourished last week are recovering. (see original story in our e-edition from last week)
An arrest on four counts of animal cruelty of a Ball Ground woman was made after the deadline for our print edition Tuesday. Donna Yuszkiewicz Walker of Ball Ground faces four counts of cruelty to animals for the conditions found at the pasture on Yellow Creek Road. She bonded out of Pickens jail later Tuesday.
The sheriff office worked with the Department of Agriculture last week to seize four horses from a Yellow Creek pasture and to see that the remaining horses were reunited with owners or a horse rescue group.
[Note the Solstice moment has been moved up to 6:25 a.m. Saturday, earlier than previously listed times.]
At the first event Saturday, the Summer Solstice moment at 6:25 a.m., the sun will rise to the sound of music…a singular flute and the sound of drums. It’s that magic moment for reflection and serenity.
Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.55/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 8.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 7.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 2.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
Bats with white nose syndrome from Ga. DNR website.
You’ve probably seen bats feeding around lights in your neighborhood or dipping across a country road in front of your headlights.
But are you seeing them as often as you used to years ago?
Biologists with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are concerned that bat populations may be declining, especially since white-nose syndrome – a fast-spreading disease fatal to bats – was detected in the state last year.
Now, Georgians can help monitor bats in their area.