Gary Pichon, at almost 70 years old, completed a bicycle ride across the country. This week he passes along his observations on the nation garnered from the sights and conversations with people along the route.
By Gary Pichon
Well I finally did the big ride, coast to coast on a bicycle just short of my 70th birthday. 3,000 miles is a distance you notice. I had a great time for 52 days. Got up, drank coffee, grabbed something to eat and then got on the bicycle and rode between 50 and 90 miles. Then drank a beer and ate supper. Back to bed, usually in a tent. And then got up and repeated. A very simple life.
Submitted by Habitat for Humanity Pickens County
Habitat for Humanity Pickens County seeks next homeowners for New Hope Acres House #18.
Habitat for Humanity Pickens County will host two application meetings for families interested in applying for House #18 in specially designated sub-division New Hope Acres. This will be the third house to be built in the non-profit’s 10-acres located in Jasper.
Buddy Callahan, who works near the Hwy. 136 Connector where the bear was killed, holds up one of the legs that had the paw cut off. According to state law it is legal to take some or all of a bear carcass if you accidentally hit it with your vehicle.
A bear cub with severed paws found dead on the shoulder of the Highway 136 Connector was hit by a vehicle and not killed by a poacher as some originally thought, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. someone called 911 about the bear and DNR was alerted. Nearby resident Charles Chastain discovered the cub that morning. When he found a bullet hole in the animal’s chest and saw that its front paws were cut off he assumed it had been poached.
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Dr. Carlton was sworn in as superintendent of Pickens County schools last week
Dr. Carlton Wilson, with wife Cindy, being sworn in.
New superintendent pledges to remove “junk” - At a swearing-in ceremony Friday, the new superintendent of schools, Dr. Carlton Wilson said he is proud to be taking the reins of one of the best school systems in the state.
He told those assembled his goal is to see Pickens recognized as a top 10 school system and when that happens, work for the number one spot. Wilson said he would strive to take away the “junk” that
Things could be taking off at the Pickens County Airport, according to the state's "go to" airport engineer.
The county airport with its 66-68 mostly small single planes, has crept into the ranking as the 22nd airport in Georgia in the number of based planes. With planned expansions, the airport could be in the top 15 within a few years, bringing economic development opportunities to the area, according to the speaker at the Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast meeting Tuesday.
Phil Eberly, president of Lead Edge Design Group and the contracted engineer for the county airport, told Chamber members, “there is a lot of super positive stuff happening at the airport.”
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