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Recollections of the 1938 Whitestone Flood

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This is a photo of the article that ran in the 1938 edition of the Pickens County Progress following the Whitestone flood.

     Danny Attaway is a resident of Pickens County. The recent flooding inspired him to write about the deadly April 7, 1937 flood in Whitestone, Ga. There were 13 people killed in Whitestone when a general store was washed off its foundation. Two children from the Fonder family were staying with the Conner family at the store, which was also their home. It was the first night the Fonder children had spent the night away from home.

 

 

“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.