General news and features
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.
Ten other animals found in a malnourished state
One of the starving horses found at a Yellow Creek area pasture.
In what is being called one of the most severe animal cruelty cases ever seen by the Pickens sheriff’s office, investigators are looking at conditions that led to the likely starvation deaths of a horse and a baby burro and the severely emaciated condition of ten other animals.
Local Save the Horses supporter Chipa Wolfe wrote in an e-mail to the Progress of the shock that he and other volunteers had upon finding the condition of the animals.
See the full story in this week's print or online editions.
Tate renovation discussions continue
By Eileen Steinhauer
Shane Purdy was recently hired as the next principal of Jasper Middle School.
Last Friday, at a called Board of Education meeting, it was announced that Dr. Chris LeMieux, current principal of Pickens County Middle School, will be the next principal of Pickens High School, and Shane Purdy, current assistant superintendent of Lincoln County Schools, will be the next principal of Jasper Middle School.