COMER - Doris Freeman Bruce, 84, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Comer Health and Rehabilitation in Comer. Mr. Bruce was born born on June 5, 1932, the son of the late Ben Bruce and Mary Herrington Bruce. He was a retired United States Army SP5 veteran, having served in the Korean conflict and during the Vietnam era. Survivors ...
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Madison County paramedic Tyler Jensen couldn’t be happier that his “office” is in the back of an ambulance.
“I just love the fact that I work in the back of a moving truck,” he said.
Jensen, 27, may have only worked for Madison County Emergency Medical Service for just over a year (he was hired full-time in April 2015) but he’s already made quite an impression, not only on his boss, EMS director Jason Lewis, but on his co-workers and on EMS Region 10.
Lewis was chosen as the “2015 Paramedic of the Year” at the county EMS banquet last December and he was honored again in April, when he was selected as “Paramedic of the Year” at the Region 10 banquet in Atlanta, where he was up against nominees from a 10-county area that stretches as far south as Walton County.
Jensen said he knew pretty much after high school that he wanted a career helping people.
“I finished a semester at college on a soccer scholarship and then signed up with a fire department,” said Jensen, who is from Morgan County.
At 21, he began his career as a paramedic with National EMS in Oconee and Clarke counties. While there, he also worked part time at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, where he learned a lot about working on trauma cases in that heavily urban area.
But after all that varied experience, he says it’s his current job in Madison County where he has learned the most and seen the most diversity of care, though they tend to often run the same type of calls.
“There are more medical calls than trauma calls out here,” he said.
But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t contend with complicated situations that he says requires him and his co-workers to adapt and overcome obstacles that come their way.
In fact, he says the worst case he’s faced so far came during his past year in the county. [Full Story »]
About a year ago, I took my son to a party at Fun World. We had tokens and he wanted to play Pac Man. But he quickly lost interest. So I jumped in and started to play the unfinished game and show him how it worked. I talked about how the ghosts chase you until you gobble up this dot and they turn blue and you chase them and then….hey, Noah, where are you?
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Ila’s City Council members voted to approve an event venue inside the city limits at their June business meeting. Brad and Morgan Barnett and Beverly Barnett made the request and the council approved it after hearing from zoning committee chair Dr. Eric Sjoberg, who said he didn’t see any problems with the request.
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BOWMAN - Decie Thelma Royston Parham, 99, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the Hartwell Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hartnell. Mrs. Parham was born in Royston on July 24, 1916, the daughter of the late Bart Royston and Lula Crider Royston. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Parham was preceded in death ...
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Danielsville City Council members heard during their regular business meeting June 13 that the long-awaited round-about project that will replace the city’s lone red light is scheduled to begin about a year from now at the end of the 2017 school term.
“So late May, first of June,” Mayor Todd Higdon told the council. Higdon said the Georgia DOT had informed him of the project schedule. He added that he has expressed his concerns to the state and county about needing upgrades to Sunset Drive, which he feels will be used as a bypass by motorists during the construction. He said he expects traffic to triple on that narrow paved road.
Higdon also noted that water leaks have increased as temperatures have risen. He said there were seven leaks, some large, reported by the maintenance department in May, but that that has increased to about two a day so far in June. “We are dealing with 1940 water pipes,” he said, adding that the water leaks have caused numerous patches to be done to the roadways and that the maintenance department is working as fast as it can to get contractors to repair the pavement. “We just can’t get them patched as fast as they occur,” Higdon said.
He also said long-time maintenance employee Daniel Turpin is out on medical leave, leaving them short an employee during the busy summer season.
In other business, the council voted on a base line pay grade scale increase for several city employees. Higdon said the action was being taken to bring employees in line with the pay grades of other cities of similar size to Danielsville.
“These employees are paid through taxpayer funds, but these employees also work hard and they have a family too,” Higdon said regarding possible criticism of the increase. “Our city employees are all good, loyal employees and we want to keep them.”
The council also voted to annex the high school’s sports complex into the city. The council noted that the city limit already stretches to Danielsville Elementary on one side of Madison Street. The council waived the $200 annexation application fee because the council felt it was in the best interest of the city to have more property. [Full Story »]
DANIELSVILLE - Patricia Gentry Allen, 87, died Saturday, June 18, 2016, at her residence. Mrs. Allen was born in Rome, Ga., the daughter of the late Allen Pascal and Karl Ophelia Howard Gentry. She was a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church and was retired from Westclox. Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrie Joe Allen; ...
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