A county fireman goes head to head with a blaze that engulfed a home off Highway 108 in south Pickens. Just four days later crews fought a house fire at the top of Burnt Mountain. The family living in the home lost everything. Click here to find the GoFundMe account to help Pete Coker and family. This was the first of two fires in one week.
A massive house fire near the summit of Burnt Mountain could be seen for miles on Sunday, Sept.17.
“It was a big, hot fire,” said Pickens County Fire Marshal Curtis Clark.
A neighbor on Longview Road off Highway 136 near the Gilmer line, where the home was located, called the fire in at approximately 5 p.m. The home was engulfed in flames and smoke, and is considered a total loss.
The fire marshal said the cause is unknown at this time.
“We just don’t know. There’s nothing left to look at,” Clark said. “Everything is gone.”
The house was uninhabited, and had been for months according to neighbors. At the time of the interview Clark was tracking down the owners.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held for Boutique Unique which specializes in personalized merchandise. Seen cutting the ribbon in center are owners Teal and Wendell Sanders flanked by members of the Ball Ground Business and Community Association.
By Larry Cavender
At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on September 14th, the Ball Ground City Council approved a resolution in hopes eventually to remove portions of State Route 372 from the state highway system. The resolution asks the Cherokee County government to support the city in this effort, and is only the first step in the town's attempts to limit downtown truck traffic.
If Cherokee County agrees to support the measure, and Mayor Rick Roberts says indications are the county would offer their support, the next move would be to petition the Georgia Department
Tiny homes are a growing trend among designers and home buyers.
Tiny Home Mountain Festival
We were excited to learn about a new festival taking place in Ellijay September 23rd and 24th, the Tiny Home Mountain Festival. Like many tiny home festivals there will be tiny home models in the tiny home village but unlike other tiny house festivals this festival includes tiny homes on foundations. Each of the homes on foundations focuses on affordability and each one spotlights different building materials, exterior designs and energy efficiency options. Including a SIP built construction, White Cedar Log Cabin and a Steel House with unique rough sawn siding.
“Letters of the American South” theme of Sept. 23 concert
Collaborative Arts Ensemble (at right) is made up of four recent Juilliard graduates: a singer, pianist, actor, and fiddler. The ensemble will perform a free concert on Saturday, Sept. 23.
FREE CONCERT - Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m., Fellowship Presbyterian Church. The Casual Classics Concert Series presents secular (non-religious) concerts suitable for all ages as a gift to Pickens County and north Georgia residents.
Suzanne Shull, Manager of the Casual Classics Series - now in its 12th season - recently interviewed Juilliard graduate, Thomas West,"Letters of the American South."
SS: What inspired you to write a world premiere?
TW: So much of what I do as a classical singer is re-creative work, taking what the composer wrote and coming up with my own interpretation. As much as I do enjoy this, there's nothing quite like building a piece of art that is original--it seems more human and more one's own voice. Of course, the great irony is that the materials one puts into a creative piece are not original at all, and yet there's something so powerful about constructing something in a way no one ever has.
"Don't Panic, Fall Break is safe," says superintendent
photo/ Tom Gray
County fire crews assess roads earlier this week. As of Thursday, 19 county roads were still closed.
At the monthly school board meeting Thursday evening, Superintendent Carlton Wilson discussed the closure of county schools for the week due to the hurricane.
Wilson said even for the Friday closure, after meeting with road crews and power company officials, many county roads were still considered impassable for school buses and there were still many homes without power.
Wilson said as of Thursday afternoon, 19 county roads were still technically closed.
He also said there were “dangerous situations” out there with downed power lines along roadsides where students would be boarding buses.
Wilson offered the assurance that fall break (scheduled to start Monday) is safe. He noted they would be “hung and shot” if they tried to change that without more notice. He said possibly they would adjust winter break but they would a decision well before that vacation in February 19-23, 2018.
He said people should not “panic. We’ll make any decision well in advance.”
At the end of Thursday’s meeting, school board member Sue Finley commended Wilson’s decision to cancel classes for the week. “Thanks for making safety a priority,” she said.
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