Student injured in accident at Mountain View

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EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – Reports today confirm that a student at Mountain View Elementary School was injured by a pencil inserted into his face.

Gilmer County Charter School System Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes told FetchYourNews it seems that the child was walking when he tripped and fell onto the pencil in his hand. Despite the appearance of an accident, Wilkes did confirm that they are investigating further to make sure.

The child was taken by their parents for medical care and Mountain View Elementary has returned to its normal classes despite the incident. While Wilkes declined to comment on the student or what grade that student is in, she did reiterate that information points that this was a freak accident.

Wilkes also confirmed the injury was to the face, possibly a sinus cavity or eye socket, but did not comment further details on the exact injury.

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Apple Ridge Woodturners donate saw to Gilmer High School

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – More than just a saw, Gilmer High School students in Dennis Wilson Jr.’s class are enjoying the perks of a new table saw utilizing a SawStop.

According to Gordon Brewer, of the Apple Ridge Woodturners, the club was in need of a new place to meet as the fire station at which they normally met was a bit too far for some members. As they searched, Brewer stated that the school was kind enough to allow them to meet at the school. Strengthening the relationship, the Woodturners began discussing classes and mentorships for students who wished to take advantage of them.

However, discussion continued as the Woodturners began looking at the high school’s construction class equipment. Wilson spoke of the class’ table saw and issues with safety devices on the saw.

Noticing the need, the Apple Ridge Woodturners Club donated money from within the club, as well as one donation from an outside citizen Mac Logan, to provide a new table saw with several additions for the students utilizing the equipment. The entire package included the SawStop Contractor Saw with the cartridge that drops the blade below the table with any moisture, according to Wilson, who says the system works by grabbing the blade with a cartridge under the table that drops the blade under to prevent serious injury to the operator. While this does ruin both the blade and the cartridge, it holds injury to the operator to between a slight cut to a deep cut instead of possibly losing the entire finger.

The new saw also comes with a new plastic blade guard and a “writhing knife” behind the blade to separate the cut wood from pinching the blade and getting caught which could launch a piece of wood back at the operator.

Apple Ridge Woodturners President Richard Byers told FetchYourNews (FYN) that the club’s 45 members joined together for the $1,799 purchase for the construction class. Typically meeting once a month, the club has been planning since August and moving toward this week as when to officially donate the device. Byers told FYN, should the SawStop device ever be used, it would be, roughly, $200 to replace, which is comparatively cheap in relation to major injury and medical costs.

Moving into the new semester, teacher Dennis Wilson told FYN the main thing he was excited for was the safety upgrade. Stating the most common injury on such a tool is running one’s hand into the blade. Having the state-of-the-art saw helps every one of the 100 students in the shop daily.

“It’s huge,” said Wilson, who commented about constantly being asked by community members who are seeking students who are trained and ready to join construction jobs. Noting the help he gets from the community, Wilson hinted at future projects to return to the community. The constant cycle not only strengthens the relationship, but Wilson said, it is a huge success for the students who are completely responsible for projects from communicating with a client requesting the project to a final in the class that requires them to fully build two sheds like they would a house.

As students move further into the new semester, Wilson told FYN that the saw will be constantly used in his class. Reiterating what the donation means, Wilson noted the age of some of his equipment.

Having the community invest into its own future through the training of students not only shows the course importance but also shows that the community recognizes that importance and cares to improve the quality.

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Dog trapped between rocks dies during rescue

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Photos by Leah Britt

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Yesterday, Jan. 3, several people became aware of a developing situation through a viral Facebook post about a dog who had become stuck.

Photo by Leah Britt

According to that post by local citizen Leah Britt, the animal had been stuck for some time with authorities unable to help. As the post has reached nearly 6,000 shares, the viral nature brought out several citizens in attempts of continued rescue for the animal.

Through the continued popularity of the post, more information came to light as the dog, named Handsome, had allegedly been trapped in the hole for three days.

Despite continued efforts from all involved, the animal did not survive, passing away during the rescue operation. However, support continues to flow for the dog and its owners through the post with comments and posts on other people’s pages like Sean Davis, one of the volunteers desperately trying to save the animal. Comments generally contained sympathy for the animal and those involved asking for updates and showing support for those who continued attempts at rescue with a few noting alleged injuries the animal had received including several claiming a hip injury among others.

Check out Leah’s post below:

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House fire injures one and destroys home

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ELLIJAY, Ga – A fire broke out at 1975 Old Flat Branch Road yesterday, Dec. 6.

According to Public Safety Director Tony Pritchett, the fire had reached advanced stages when 911 was contacted and response arrived on scene. While residents fled the fire, one female was transported for treatment of smoke inhalation and is still hospitalized.

Having already increased in size and threat, fire fighters immediately began containing the blaze in efforts to prevent further spread through the woods and into other homes. However, damage to the house was already spreading and the structure was consumed as well as part of the woods around the house.

At this time the area is completely extinguished, Pritchett stated the workers on scene have cleared any hot spots in the area so no flare ups will occur. However, an investigation is ongoing into the incident as he states they have not ascertained the cause at this time.

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Nursing home continues renovations to become Parkside

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ELLIJAY, Ga – Gilmer Nursing Home has continued renovations as they move towards transitioning to become Parkside Health Services.

While the renovations are still ongoing, Gilmer Nursing Home Representative Hannah Towns told FYN that they could optimistically be looking at a first quarter 2018 finish date. However, Parkside Health Services will be more than just a name change as the facility is beginning to expand into parts of the old North Georgia Medical Center and adding services like outpatient and short-term rehabilitation as well as an adult daycare center.

Renovations are continuing to improve the old operations area to a new Adult Daycare Center.

Renovations are continuing to improve the old operations area to a new adult daycare center.

SunLink Health Systems, owner of the facility, had previously begun changes with small improvements such as adding televisions to every room, but additional changes will also see the opportunity for couples rooms for those who wish to stay together. These steps will not remove the possibility for private and semi-private (one roommate) rooms but is a step toward expanding the facility’s options. Expanding into and updating old office space in the hospital will allow administration to have their own area and another access from the opposite side of the facility, near the Emergency Department entrance, for the daycare center.

Towns also stated the name change could allow for further expansion of programs later, though no plans have been made. Adult daycare would follow the same admissions process as the nursing home. However, once completed, patients could readily spend days at the center with a check-in/check-out procedure. Activities coordination and day rooms will provide everything from community interaction, TV rooms, games and more as volunteers and staff are made available.

New renovations are adding extra to individual rooms in addition to administration offices.

New renovations are adding extra to individual rooms in addition to administration offices.

The short-term rehabilitation expands services available for those recovering from surgery or injury who may not need a hospital but are not well enough to be home alone. Short-term, according to Towns, will be available for those in need of any age. However, not to be confused with hospital care, there are several things that the short-term care could not provide that a hospital could.

More for recovery, short-term care will have a rehabilitation focus to get patients to the point where they can return home without re-admittance to a hospital. Along those lines, short-term and outpatient care is set to expand the already advanced therapy available in the center. Gilmer Nursing Home already hosts experts in physical, occupational, and speech and recognition therapy. Renovations will be providing a newer gym area for those recovering, rehabilitating and returning home.

As opposed to short-term care patients attending therapy every day, outpatient rehab may visit the center two to three times a week. Expansion of services and renovations will provide a larger case load, but Towns said their current therapy team are prepared for the changes. The therapy team already has two on staff with previous experience in outpatient therapy and boasts certifications that will be utilized in outpatient care. One of the new changes they hope to make use of is a full “home area” so that people in short-term care can practice everything from cooking in a kitchen, navigating areas and cabinets, getting in and out of bed, and even simple things like getting dressed.

Even the enclosed outdoor area has seen landscaping improvements like this wheelchair accessible garden.

Even the enclosed outdoor area has seen landscaping improvements like this wheelchair accessible garden.

The area also will be utilized for cross therapy, a key thing that the therapy staff said allows for better care. With so few others offering occupational therapy, having all three (physical therapy, occupational and speech) allows for conjoined efforts in the area to simultaneously recondition people. One example given suggested one therapist may work on the occupational idea of dressing oneself in the morning while a second therapist would reinforce the conditioning of cognition, putting the steps in order and recalling the steps.

While much of this may seem simple daily tasks for most people, the therapy staff said people recovering from surgeries like knee replacements, or something physically altering, requires a retraining as patients get used to differences or changes necessary in recovery. Though Towns did confirm additional staff and volunteers will be necessary, no details are available as to a specific number of additional staff that will be added.

Towns stated the renovations are an excellent expansion opportunity for the county as the new Parkside Health Services will continue the same services as Gilmer Nursing Home. She also hopes to continue to grow the community interactions aspect of the programs. Patients already look forward to outings planned, such as going to the theater to watch movies, visiting the fair, and even in-house events like the upcoming Children’s Christmas Art Show and Family Holiday Dinner in December.

Drawing nearer to 2018, the renovations continue the facility’s transition to becoming Parkside Health Services. As the changes reach final stages, stay with FYN for updates and details as they become available.

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Details Confirm One Fatality in Vehicle Fire

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ELLIJAY, GA – Officials have confirmed that one fatality and two injuries resulted from last week’s, August 23, vehicle fire in Highway 515.

Unfortunately, the fatality has been confirmed to be a juvenile according to Public Safety Director Tony Pritchett. The other two injuries, both female, we quickly moved to emergency rooms for care.

“It’s a very sad situation, and our heart goes out to the family,” said Pritchett.

He also told FYN that the vehicle fire is suspected to have been caused by a malfunction in the vehicle, possibly in the fuel line. He confirmed there was no other vehicle involved in the incident and it appears to have simply been an issue with the vehicle itself. However, due to the extent of the burn the vehicle withstood, the cause is officially being labeled undetermined.

With units in quick response from Fire Station 1, Pritchett tells FYN he was pleased that units arrived on scene quickly and took control of the situation in a professional manner as they redirected traffic and provided care.

 

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Local Man Injured in Home Fire

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Gilmer County Firefighters recently responded to a call on Yukon Road involving injuries to the resident. Gilmer County Public Safety Department Director, Tony Pritchett, offered the following on the call.

On September 26, 2016, Gilmer County Firefighters responded to a Residential Fire at 6316 Yukon Road.

Yukon Fire Station, which is located just down the street from the address, was the first to arrive on the scene in less than 6 minutes. Upon their arrival, heavy smoke and flames were showing from the home. A male who resides at the residence was found in the yard suffering from burn injuries. Medical personnel immediately began treating the man and transported him by air to an Atlanta Area Hospital for specialized burn treatment.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and were able to keep the majority of the fire damage to one room, although smoke damage was sustained throughout the home. The male was just inside the door of the home and unable to escape on his own during the fire and phoned his neighbor for help. The neighbor was able to arrive quickly and help pull the man outside.

Yukon Fire Station is manned full time and this attributed to the quick response and treatment of the man and extinguishment of the fire.

“I would like to commend the B-Shift firefighters for their quick response to the incident and for providing excellent patient care and an aggressive fire attack. I would especially like to commend the neighbor for his efforts of getting to his friend so fast and saving his life by pulling him from the home.” The man is in stable condition and is expected to fully recover from his injuries.

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Hit and Run by Walmart in Gilmer County leaves 18 year old with serious injuries

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Police are investigating a hit and run which occurred Friday night, August 12th at approximately 10:40 pm.  FYN spoke with the sister of the 18 year old man who was struck while searching for his phone on the service road which runs by the Walmart in Gilmer County.   The hit and run left the young man with a fractured skull and eye socket.  Authorities were called and the victim was transported to Kennestone Hospital where he was treated and kept overnight.

Witnesses describe the car involved in the hit and run as a dark colored,  newer model Chevrolet Camaro possibly dark blue or black.   Police and family members are asking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle.  The victim’s sister has this plea for the public,

Please let us know if you have any information about this person, he(she) needs to be held responsible for what he did to my brother.

Be on the lookout for a dark colored car which likely has damage to the hood.  Anyone with any information should contact local authorities.    FetchYourNews.com will update as additional information becomes available.

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