The Banks County News- August 11, 1999
A couple of years ago, I headed out one
pretty spring morning with a few friends to the mountains of
North Carolina. We planned to spend the night, but we didn't
have reservations anywhere. We were young, carefree and not worried
about finding a bed for the night.
Sixteen hours later, we were exhausted and almost back at home
after finding "No Vacancy" signs throughout Georgia
and North Carolina. The first available room was actually less
than 20 miles from our home. We had no idea that some kind of
spring festival was going on in every small town between Commerce
and Blowing Rock, N.C.
I thought I had learned my lesson then: Never leave home without
reservations. Since that time, I have been in charge of travel
plans for our family and my friends. I make reservations, plan
activities, get brochures, order tickets ahead of time and make
sure "the plan" is all set weeks before we leave. Once
we arrive at our destination, everyone looks at me and asks,
"What are we doing next?" or "What's on the agenda
Unfortunately, I didn't do that on a recent business trip with
three co-workers, April Murphy, Jana Adams and Sherry Lewis.
We kept putting off making plans and couldn't decide on whether
to make reservations or not. So, we had no plans when we left
Jackson County headed to the Georgia Press Convention in Destin,
We were lucky the first night, a Thursday, in that we found a
room at the first place we stopped. It was right on the beach
and we immediately headed out for a few hours of basking in the
sun. Afterward, we had a good seafood meal. Aahh, that's the
life on the beach. The trip had started out great. Little did
we know what was ahead.
Friday morning, we headed over to the resort where the GPA awards
banquet was to be held. We had reservations there that night
with other employees from our company. We decided to go ahead
and call around and find somewhere to stay Saturday night. We
frantically made around 20 phone calls before finding somewhere.
The room was much bigger than we needed and more expensive than
we had planned on, but we took it. This enabled us to relax that
day and lounge around the pool. It was a little cloudy but it
was still great to rest, read a good book and not worry about
anything. I was still enjoying my beach trip.
Saturday morning, we headed right over to the ocean. The sun
was shining bright and it was a great day for hanging out at
the beach. After a few hours, we decided to go and get our room
key for the night. Unfortunately, the person we made the reservations
with told us an inaccurate rate for the night. It ended up costing
almost $300 for the one night, which led our group to decide
to cancel the reservation. It took around two hours to find another
room, but we finally found one.
Overall, I had a fun beach trip, but I really have learned my
lesson this time. I'm not going anywhere without having a reservation.
I have several more trips planned in the coming months and I'm
already busy finalizing the plans.
Angela Gary is editor of The Banks
County News and associate editor of The Jackson Herald.
Banks County News
August 11, 1999
Volunteers needed for mentor program
An adult role model is one of the most
important things the youth of today can have for inspiration
and guidance. For many children, parents and family members serve
as mentors. But, unfortunately, some children don't have anyone
to serve in this capacity.
Banks County High School is implementing a new program to ensure
that every child has a positive role model in their life. These
teenagers are making many important decisions and it is important
to have a mentor help them move forward into adulthood.
In order for this mentoring program to be a success, volunteers
are needed. It will take only a couple of hours a month and most
everyone can spare that. If it will make a difference in a teenager's
life, it is certainly time well spent. The youth of today are
our future and they need all the help they can meet to handle
what is ahead.
There will be an orientation session held this fall. Anyone interested
should contact K. Ellen Hagan at 677-2221.
to the Editor
Banks County News
August 11, 1999
Nursing home employees
I have heard this and, of course, everyone is talking about BJC
Nursing Home and what happened when the state was there. I have
to say that working in a nursing home is hard work and if there
is not enough help, it does make it harder on the ones who are
working to do a good job. I worked in a nursing home for five
years and it is hard. So before you want to talk bad about the
staff at BJC or any other nursing home, you need to go work in
a nursing home for one day or even one hour. Then, you would
see that the staff does take care of the residents that are there.
There needs to be more CNAs at every nursing home and hospital.
But when people do not want to work, you can't make them.
Alto mayor offers thanks for help
The town of Alto had the dedication and opening of its playground
on June 17, 1999. The playground was donated in memory of Lee
Dorsey Cook. I would like to thank Mt. Vernon Mills for the monetary
donation they made for the park; Larry Whitfield for his help
in getting the monument designed for a memorial that is placed
by the gazebo; and Vada Fry of Spela, Inc. for their donation
of labor installing the playground equipment.
The playground is opened in the daytime for anyone to bring their
children to play or have a party in the gazebo. It is located
right behind the town hall in Alto.
Olen Jack King