General news and features
At left, the four Pickens homes that were destroyed during last week's fires.
Four structure fires in the past week, with at least two intentionally set, made an unusual and hectic week for local fire crews, Fire Marshal Curtis Clark said Friday.
“It is rare to have four fires here that close together,” he said. “Having (at least two) intentional ones is also a rarity.”
No injuries to homeowners or fire crews were reported at any of the blazes.
“Each had a different cause and stemmed from different sets of circumstances that didn’t tie into each other or any recent fires,” Fire Marshal Clark said. “Each came with unique circumstances.”
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PHS grad student Stephen Ball used Google’s Latitude app to help the Georgia Tech Police Department apprehend a laptop thief.
In New York the NYPD is learning to use the Find My iPhone app to track down thieves.
An app called Crime Stoppers allows people to submit tips to help police and investigators catch criminals.
Then just a few weeks ago PHS grad Stephen Ball, now a computer science major at Georgia Tech, jumped on the busting-criminals-with-technology bandwagon using Google’s Latitude app. Because of Ball’s quick, techno-savvy thinking, thousands of dollars in stolen goods were quickly returned to their owners.
On Sunday, Feb. 5, four Ga. Tech students, including Ball’s girlfriend, reported their laptops, purses and other articles missing from an unattended room in the Ga. Tech Student Center.
“Once Charlotte told me that her stuff was missing, the first thing I thought to do was check Google Latitude and see when the last time it was updated,” Ball said. “ Unfortunately, it was only set to update every hour. I went to the student center to meet Charlotte, and while she was cancelling her credit cards I was continuously refreshing Google Latitude.”
Google’s Latitude app is a GPS-style application that tracks your phone's location and allows you to make your location visible to approved contacts.
Applications, or “apps” on a cell phone give the phone additional function and use. Apps allow people to surf the net, blog, play games, turn the phone into a calculator, study for their SATs, track heart rate, and the list goes on.
L-R: County employees John Nicholson and Rodney Buckingham look through an old book in Pickens County Probate Court Judge Rodney Gibson’s private collection. This book was one of several that helped the men uncover names of Pickens’ former leaders, which they are compiling for a photo wall for the Pickens County Administration Building.
Per the request of Pickens County’s current sole commissioner, Robert P. Jones, first in office January 2005, two county employees have been transformed into historical treasure hunters, scavenging the countryside for the names and faces of leaders from Pickens’ past.
See a list of all Ordinaries and Commissioners of Pickens County in this week’s print or e-edition.
Cashier Kayla Watson (left) and Assistant Manager Wesley Cook, backed up to a window of shamrocks at Jasper’s Piggly Wiggly. Shamrocks represent donations toward summer camp for Georgia kids with muscular dystrophy.
If you shop for groceries at Jasper's Piggly Wiggly store, you probably have noticed a wall of paper shamrocks plastered all over much of the manager's area. Each green or gold paper clover leaf represents a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign. The campaign concludes mid-March around St. Patrick's Day.
Despite the wall of shamrocks, still more are needed.
"We're going to have a shortfall," store manager Wade Calvert predicted. Store goal is $2,300. To now, donations total near $1,200.
Branson on the Road, following the tradition of traveling road shows, features Classic Country, Hilarious Comedy, Bluegrass, Rockabilly and Hand-Clapping Gospel. This show, co-hosted by Debbie Horton, is comprised of many talented artists. Horton, who played lead guitar for Johnny Cash, dedicates a portion of the Branson on the Road show as a Johnny Cash tribute.
Branson on the Road will be at the Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 3, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.