"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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On Thursday Clean up crews continue clearing downed trees across the county this morning after Irma's high winds raged for much of Monday night. Schools remained closed Thursday and many areas of the county were still without power.
Reports from the County Emergency Operation Center was that east Pickens, along Cove Road (pictured above) took the worst of the damage, but that there was damage in all sections of the county.
Downed powerlines on Grandview Road Tueday morning.
Strong winds that blew through Pickens County last night, Monday, Sept. 11th and downed numerous trees and powerlines. Here are some safety tips from Georgia Power about what you should do if you see a downed powerline.
Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed power line is live and life-threatening. Keep children and pets away from downed lines. Do not attempt to remove a person or animal caught in power lines. Call 911 for help. Do not attempt to remove tree limbs or any other object from a downed line. If you see a downed line, call your electric company or your police or fire department to have the downed line barricaded until it can be repaired. Warn others to stay away.
Never drive over a downed line or under a low-hanging line. Beware of downed lines touching a vehicle. Stay away from the vehicle and the line. If a power line hits your car while you're inside, stay put and wait for help. If the car catches fire, then jump clear without touching metal and the ground at the same time. Shuffle away keeping both feet on the ground.
The Chamber of Commerce wants people to know they have listened to suggestions and are making changes to the Marble Festival, coming October 7-8 this year.
Last week, Chamber Executive and Economic Development Director Gerry Nechvatal said they have held numerous planning sessions, invited members of the community to give input and, based on suggestions they are both expanding the festival with new attractions and bringing back some past favorites.
Nechvatal said there were three areas they identified as priorities: 1. Refocus on arts and crafts; 2. Have more value for people inside the gates; 3. Have a bigger impact on local businesses.
“It is going to be bigger and better for the community,” he said. “But at the same time, we are going back to our roots.”
Among efforts inside the gates are a larger children’s area. The Chamber is working with a volunteer group with a proven track record to bring in a lively kid’s area but they are not ready to release full details at this time.
BIG, FLUFFY, AND DON’T SCRIMP ON THE BUTTER - Biscuit Maker owner Bambi Winfrey and her crew bake hundreds of biscuits from the carry-out only location every morning. Breakfast biscuits are sold to hungry, on-the-go customers at convenience stores, restaurants, and fast-food chains across the county.
Damon Howell / Photo
Just before 9 a.m. on Friday, Betty McCoy, the cook at West End General Store, was filling orders as quickly as they came in. Fresh eggs were cracked. Bacon sizzled on the flat iron. A hot pan of cathead biscuits was coming out of the oven.
A few customers got their breakfast on a plate and bellied up at tables inside, but most stood in line at the register to take their foil-wrapped rations to go.
The scene mimicked so many other convenience stores and fast food chains in the morning – a frenzied rush of people who want to eat breakfast quickly before the work day, coupled with old timers and early risers who’d rather sit and enjoy. Each meal is different – some have tenderloin, some country ham, others bacon and eggs or gravy - but the common thread is the biscuit, a point of culinary pride for Southerners that evokes passionate discussion and clear-cut opinions about what makes one good.
Only a few generations ago biscuits were made at home by women, a mom or grandma, but the landscape has changed