photo / Gaylon Mathews
Fire crews force entry into the West Church Street restaurant Tuesday evening.
Investigation is underway at Bee’s Home Cookin' restaurant in Jasper, where a fire broke out Tuesday evening.
On November 5, city of Jasper Fire crews were dispatched to the restaurant on West Church Street at approximately 10:12 p.m. after a passerby saw smoke and called 911. Crews had to force entry by breaking through the glass front door, which was locked. No one was in the restaurant when emergency workers arrived on the scene.
All six of Pickens County's Teacher of the Year nominees are pictured here with their respective school principals. School Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson said of the nominees, that although they are considered Pickens County's "finest," they are also representative of the many fine teachers employed by the Pickens County School System. (L – R) Harmony Elementary Principal Marla Callahan with Caladie Duncan; Pickens Junior High Principal Chad Flatt with Claire Eubanks; Tate Elementary Principal Stephanie Hall with Matthew Gibson; Supt. Carlton Wilson; Amanda Jones with Hill City Elementary Principal Jennifer Halko; Andrew Krakeel with Jasper Middle Principal Corey Thompson; and Kyle Rasco with Pickens High Principal Chris Wallace.
By Larry Cavender
"I was overcome with joy and excitement, and shocked," was Caladie Duncan's reaction after she was named Pickens County Teacher of the Year at a banquet held Monday night, Oct. 21 at Chattahoochee Technical College. She added, "I have been greatly blessed and I am honored to be Pickens County's Teacher of the Year."
Now in her ninth year of teaching, Duncan says she believes education is about "creating a safe environment for students, fostering imagination and creativity, going the extra mile, and teaching through experiences." A special education teacher who has
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Clean-up crews were on the scene Tuesday afternoon, dismantling fixtures and building new walls on the interior of the building at Mary Ann’s. No completion date has been released.
Investigators have ruled a fire that destroyed the interior of Mary Ann’s Country Cooking was arson. Investigation is underway.
“There’s no doubt,” said Jasper’s Assistant Fire Chief Von Headrick. “We knew within the hour the night of the fire it was an arson, we just weren’t ready to release the information at that time.”
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The Pickens school district released the below statement this morning following a called board meeting last evening.
"There have been many serious safety concerns raised in the past few days. School board members, staff, and students have been threatened due to the administration’s implementation of Adams vs. St. John’s County School District.
There have been death threats, student harassment, and vandalism of school property. The
District understands and acknowledges that it has the responsibility to protect its staff and students. However, the District has concerns that it may not be able to meet these recently increased demands.
The Creative Writing Contest for Youth is now in full swing. The competition put on by the Sassafras Literary Exchange is in its 38th year. It is designed for students from grade six through 12 who live in and are educated in Pickens County. It matters not whether these students are in Public schools or in an alternate study program, they are eligible to enter.
There are three categories in the high school and also three for the middle grades. Those categories are fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There is a maximum limit of 1,500 words in the fiction and non-fiction categories with a 50 line limit for poetry. The deadline for entries is Friday, November 1st.