“She barely complains. I’m the ball of stress,” says mom
GoFund me account set up to help with medical expenses
A few years ago, Meghan-Marie Durham could see just fine. She was an active student at Pickens High School who loved to sing in chorus and choir. She worked in Big Canoe and did humanitarian work like going on mission trips to the Dominican Republic.
Now Durham is navigating the challenges of a rare eye disease that’s causing her to lose her vision. She had to spend her senior year of high school at home; she can’t drive; and had to quit her job.
“She can’t see at all out of her left eye,” said Durham’s mom Shavon, who is on disability and doesn’t know where to turn for help. “And now her right eye is getting worse. I don’t know what to do and feel like we’ve only got a little time to do it.”
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office / Photo
Cherokee Sheriff’s Office
Cherokee County, Ga. October 10, 2017. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an accident at 8:09 a.m. on Ball Ground Rd. east of Conns Creek Rd. at the bridge.
The driver of the Nissan Maxima, Brent Burnette, 23, of Ellijay, was traveling westbound on Ball Ground Rd. and was passing a tractor trailer when he struck a Hyundai Genesis, driven by Robert McMullen, 39, of Ball Ground, traveling eastbound head on.
Both drivers were declared deceased at the scene. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is conducting the investigation into the accident.
By Jeanne Wells
Many years ago, when my son was little, my family took a trip to the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania. My young son was very interested in rocks at the time and found a stone on the battlefield that looked like it may have been stained with dried blood. It was a tiny little rock he had picked up, without me realizing it, and brought it home to Georgia. This one small act was about to change our lives tremendously.
Volunteers aging out
The Old Jail at the north end of Jasper’s Main Street.
The Old Pickens Jail on Main Street was slated to be open for self-guided tours the weekend of the Marble Festival, but festival-goers who arrived around 2:30 on Saturday were met with a locked door on one of the few days the historical landmark is open.
The problem was a shortage of volunteers from the Marble Valley Historical Society, the non-profit that maintains the county-owned building. The few volunteers the 37-year-old organization does have are getting older and many have health issues. That Saturday, for example, the jail was manned with four volunteers in the morning but two had to leave. The rest of the afternoon was handled by member Bob Perdue and his wife who wasn’t feeling well.
The Pickens Progress will host a city council forum for Jasper candidates October 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the Pickens room (downstairs meetings room) of the Administration Building, 1266 E. Church Street.
Those up for election are Anne Sneve (incumbent) being challenged by Ryan O’Dea; Dr. Sonny Proctor (incumbent completing a partial term) being challenged by Doug Patterson.
Candidates have all indicated they look forward to a chance to address the voters directly and will be there.