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“Back building” storms may explain off-the-chart rains

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    ­­Flooding on Mineral Springs Road in Jasper resulted from the second torrential rain in August. Having two flash floods within a week of each other after no prior history of floods in Pickens County is truly surprising, said a research meteorologist.

    A research meteorologist who grew up here offered some insight into the  unprecedented pair of flooding rainfalls in the past two weeks in eastern Pickens County.
    Dr. Dan Lindsey, who holds a PhD in atmospheric science and who works with satellite information for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Colorado, said the two events on August 1 and August 7 are definitely as unusual as people here think they are.

    See this week's print or online editions for comments from Dr. Dan Lindsey.

 

School enrollment down slightly from last year

Tate Elementary still below desired student numbers

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Pickens schools saw 4,311 students enrolled the second day of classes, a total student population down 50 from last year at the same point. First day numbers had been lower but some of that could be attributed to the rains and flooding.

The school board also discussed facility plans, recognized students and heard about efforts to shift enrollment to Tate during their August meeting.

Read more about the local schools in this week's Progress.

 

Black Dog Syndrome rampant at shelters

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Getting out to stretch his legs, Pickens Animal Shelter dog George has a blast as Eddie and Kelli consider him as an adoptee. Shelter director Cindy Wilson (left) says good photos are usually all it takes to bring black dogs into the limelight.

     When you see a big black dog do you avoid eye contact, turn and swiftly walk the other way? Do you find yourself rolling up your windows and locking the doors? Do thoughts of a black dog conjure up images of the red-eyed hounds of Hell?
    These examples may be extreme, but according to Pickens County Animal Shelter Director Cindy Wilson black dogs unfairly get the shaft at adoption facilities, and she wants to raise awareness about the animals she says get “looked right over.”
     “It’s amazing,” Wilson said. “People come in here and it’s like they don’t even see them. People just don’t want a black dog. That’s the one animal that gets put down more than any other in shelters.”

To learn more about Black Dog Syndrome check out our print or online editions.

Tractor Supply Company coming to old Blue Star

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The vacant building on E. Church Street in Jasper that will be soon be home to Tractor Supply Company.

    According to the City of Jasper’s Planning and Development Director Michael Castagna, the agricultural and livestock supply store Tractor Supply Company will move into the old Blue Star building on E. Church Street.

New Bent Tree board member discusses CIA career

             Manget served as Deputy General Counsel for the CIA  when terrorism changed everything
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By Hank Hollensbe
Progress Contributor

    Fred F. Manget, one of the new 2014-16 members of the Board of Directors at Bent Tree, agreed to meet me for lunch.  He was to provide me with information - information beyond that already available on the web -that would allow me to describe him and his career for readers of the Pickens County Progress.  Fred’s career?  Twenty-six years with the Central Intelligence Agency, retiring as Deputy General Counsel.