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Man burned trying to save horses

Five horses die in blaze

     A Tuesday morning blaze at  the expansive Brandreth Farms in West Pickens burned one horse owner and took the lives of several horses housed in the barn/arena.   
    Around 9:30 a.m. March 17, crews were still on the scene of the Hamrick Road fire that started earlier that morning.

 

Mullett completes death race

68 miles, 40,000 feet of elevation change

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    Sean Mullett runs in the fog Saturday at the Georgia Death Race, a 68-mile ultra marathon that stretched from Amicalola Falls to Vogel State Park. The race is touted as the toughest race east of the Rockies. Mullett completed it in 17 hours.

    Last Saturday, Sean Mullett was one of 210 people who ran 68 miles over some of the South’s steepest terrain, climbing and descending 40,000 feet as part of the aptly named Georgia Death Race.
    Starting at 8 a.m. and finishing 17 hours later, Mullett, the plant manager at Huber, completed the ultra marathon, a feet  not all who started can claim.

Upcoming event at Eagle’s Rest features lecture and wildflower planting

 

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 These people need to smile! You can put a smile on these volunteers faces, Bert and Bunny Loftman, by helping them plant native wildflowers in Eagle’s Rest Park on Mt. Oglethorpe. 

       Saturday, March 21, after the 2 p.m. Frank Wright lecture on the Appalachian Trail and Mt. Oglethorpe, you can put a smile on these volunteers faces, Bert and Bunny Loftman, by helping them plant native wildflowers in Eagle’s Rest Park on Mt. Oglethorpe. 

 

Pickens native battled Ebola outbreak in Liberia

 

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Laura Adams in the field in Liberia as part of the CDC’s Ebola response team.

Laura Adams has spent her career in public health and last fall traveled to Liberia as a member of a Centers for Disease Control team to battle the most prominent scare to global public health in some time - Ebola. 

Bluegrass festival organizers prepare for big May event

 

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Volunteers from the American Legion’s Bluegrass Charity Festival survey site plans for the May 8-10 event in Jasper, above.

The first annual weekend concert festival will be held at the field behind Ingles and will use a layout similar to the annual JeepFest. Plans are for the same stage setup to be used at this event as for the bonfire concerts during JeepFest.