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Spotting coyote tracks in the snow


Photo of coyote track from Mike Cain.

   While the weather today is not ideal for much, a solid snow offers a unique chance to see if you have coyotes near your house.

   Mike Cain, of Cain’s Wildlife Removal, was able to use the last snow here to gauge the number of coyotes near the Joy House for a removal job he has underway there (see last week’s e-edition). He estimated four based on tracks.

         While even professional trackers acknowledge that telling dog tracks from coyote is difficult, Cain offers some tips to get started.

 • A coyote track is more oblong or egg-shaped than a dog’s.

• Coyote tracks are more compact than a dog track.

• For coyotes, their hind foot pad is generally smaller than the front.

• Finally it is not uncommon to see a coyote track where the claws are less prominent than a dog’s where the claws are more visible in the snow or mud. Dogs also tend to have blunter nails than the coyote.

STAR students & teachers to be recognized at banquet


L-R seated STAR students – STAR teachers standing behind them:
    Katie O’Shields - Tony Young; Richlan (Richi) Hutchins - Andrea Yates; Silas Lott - Adam Wharton; Jimmy Lee - Rodney Martin; Will Avant - Kelly McArthur; Kaleigh Watters - Susan Anderson; Jacob; Stephens - Lynn Cantrell; Jeremy Thornton - Gail Culbreth; Haley Matthews - Mary Land; Will Lawson - Clara Pantazopoulos


Submitted by Reeder Burch

    Kaleigh Watters has been named the 2014 STAR Student of Pickens High School and she selected Susan Anderson as her STAR Teacher.

Doug Collins most conservative Georgian in Congress

Northeast Georgia’s Congressman is #16 Nationally

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 – In its annual rating of Congress released today, National Journalidentified Congressman Doug Collins (GA-09) as the most conservative member of Georgia’s Congressional Delegation and the sixteenth most conservative Member of the House of Representatives overall.

No decision on snow-day makeups for schools



By Eileen Steinhauer
Progress Contributor
    Unlike some parts of Georgia, Pickens chose to cancel school last Tuesday; and, with that decision, local families avoided the chaos that quickly freezing roads and snow brought to many students in the metro area.