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Archived Community Blog Posts

School slogan captures the heart of a Nation

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

School logo, one hart beat School slogan captures the heart of a Nation.

"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death."  – Thomas Paine

It has always been said that during times of great stress, as with the COVID-19 pandemic, we will find ourselves faced head on with opportunity to refine, better put as Duke Ellington had said, “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”

To further understand this quote look to the actions of one of our locals from Hartwell, GA. Hartwell is known in part for its school's slogan 'One Hart Beat' and as evidenced from the actions of its community they do believe “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Click the link to see his story https://www.thehartwellsun.com/local/free-pizza-produces-smiles

Putting People to Work

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Goodwill in Cornelia makes it easy to attend by being an excellent host!     

With the industry booming and a variety of services being offered, no matter if you are looking for some extra money or are looking for a trade to further your future or career SERVPRO is always searching for new talents to add to our team.

Along with our online application process our local SERVPRO is happy to work with ‘Goodwill’s Career Center’ to present to its hosts and attendees the opportunities that are currently available. This also gives us a moment to connect with those interested and explain those opportunities in more detail. Aside from the talent search the “Put People to Work” initiative is an excellent resource to educate the community on what services we offer, why we offer them and why our team is the best in the business.    

If you love the service industry and are geared to helping people in their time of need, plan on attending Goodwill’s job fair as our team would be happy to meet you and discuss any opportunities available. 

Neighborhood of Hope

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Kudos to Pleasant Grove Baptist for taking on the burden so many families face. For more information, contact John Todd at 706-245-5429.

We would like to recognize a vision that has come to fruition by one of our local churches. “Neighborhood of Hope”, designed to help families in need of housing was built by Pleasant Grove Baptist to provide a safe space for families to live while their lives are being rebuilt. When families have been removed from their homes by fire, flood and other various situations the church has always been eager to help even if the reach was limited. Now, with the newly developed neighborhood the church can further their reach by warmly hosting families and taking the burden of shelter off their plates.

When a family or individual arrives, they are interviewed and given clothes and basic necessities. The church ensures the correct paperwork is completed and hopefully move the family in within a day. Residents then sign a week to week agreement to care for the home and, based on income, would pay a weekly reimbursement fee for electricity.

Where did the sign go?

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s Royston location is improving drivers safety with some much needed road work.

You may have noticed our “missing” road sign. The message board is a staple for our local community which gives travelers the most current information, safety tips and always includes a touch of humor. The sign is noted by several our customers as being something they look forward to reading each day. The good news is that the sign is only being relocated as a larger project is unfolding. If you have ever left or frequently passed our Royston location, you would have undoubtedly experienced the extremely limited sight range motorist have upon entering State Hwy 29. The project is being facilitated by the Dept. of Transportation and includes tree removal and grade work to bring the ditch several more feet away from the road, greatly improving visibility. Time range for this project is uncertain but we will be working hard to get the sign replaced. Until then, feel free to browse our web page or Facebook site for the most recent news.  

Firefighters' Weekend

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO supported a local event for Firefighters by passing out doughnuts and coffee. the event was designed as a training secession for our local heroes in our fire departments. Here is what Shane Scoggins at The Hartwell Sun wrote about the event:

" The Lavonia Fire Department hosted a Firefighters's Weekend that provided training for 97 volunteer firefighters from Franklin, Hart, Stephens, Madison, Habersham and Banks counties.

Over the years, us going to Forsyth, it's hard for volunteers to get off. Lavonia fire chief Scott O'Barr said of a motivation for ht weekend.

It would be impossible for the number of volunteers attending Lavonia's event to all drive two hours to Forsyth for training, O'Barr said.

By offering classes in Lavonia, it allows Firefighters "to work with people they work with," he said which allows them to train as a group and team.

It also allowed firefighters from departments from neighboring counties to get to know each other.

Holding such classes was part of the motivation for the Lovonia department to build its training center behind the Lavoina Cultural Center.

The center, which allows live burns and training exercises, opened last year.

The volunteers attending the weekend had the opportunity to attend classes in basic structure fire control, auto extrication and low angle rope rescue. Department officers were also able to take volunteer officers' class.

The weekend included classroom work Saturday and hands-on training Sunday at the training center and the other locations.

Instructors from all over the state came to Lavonia to teach the classes. The instructors included members of Georgia Smokejumpers, an elite group that O'Barr said was the fire service's equivalent of Navy SEALs.

In addition to classes the weekend included a T-shirt for each student, meals Saturday and Sunday, doughnuts and coffee both mornings and refreshments.

All that was provided free of charge to the participants.

"They had to bring absolutely nothing but their gear" O'Barr said.

David Phillips said the Firefighters Association received a grant from the Hart EMC Foundation to cover mos of the $4,500 costs - including Lodging for some out-of-town instructors. Anyone wanting to make a donation to cover the remaining cost may do so at the Firefighters Association, which is a 5013 organization.

O'Barr said the weekend was also made possible by donations from Fireline Fire Equipment, SERVPRO, Subway of Lavonia and Concept Graphics and assistance from Georgia Emergency Management Agency and EMS."

Franklin County Chamber Trade Show 2014

11/18/2014 (Permalink)

Don, Justin, and Daniel from our local SERVPRO, had a great time at the 2014 Franklin County Chamber Trade Show! The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Business Committee hosted this event at Lavonia First Baptist.

 Justin is also chairman of the committee that organized the event. "We had an amazing turnout... even better than last year! We had over 40 local businesses and civic groups present tabletop displays and interactive presentations. We also had over 60 students interview the businesses as part of the Chamber's Education in Enterprise Initiative. 

As always, we owe a special thanks to Aida, Director of Chamber Services. There are no words to express how much you are appreciated! 

Record setting putt at the FedEx Cup SERVPRO Booth!

9/15/2014 (Permalink)

The most talked about putt at the FedEx Cup should have been the 8 footer sunk by a 10 year old girl at the SERVPRO booth!

"Bubba who?"

The most talked about putt at the FedEx Cup should have been the 8 footer sunk by a 10 year old girl at the SERVPRO booth!

Awesome job!

Local Franchise at the FedEx Cup

9/15/2014 (Permalink)

"My record was 5 in a row, just don't ask how many I missed before that!"

SERVPRO is a national sponsor of the PGA Tour. Don & Justin, from our local franchise, got the opportunity to help out at the putting green competition in the SERVPRO booth at the FedEx Cup Finals this year.

"We had a great time telling folks about our Fire & Water Damage Cleanup Services, not to mention taking a few shots ourselves at the putting green. My record was 5 in a row, just don't ask how many I missed before that!""

Special thanks to Casey from our National Marketing team for the invitation to work with our neighboring SERVPRO teams at an awesome event!

Awesome turn-out for Continuing Education Class!

6/30/2014 (Permalink)

Thanks to everyone who helped make our last CE Class a huge success! We had a great time out at Kingwood in Clayton, Georgia. We got 3 hours of Ethics credit for local Insurance professionals. The class was taught by Steve DeBlois from our national SERVPRO office. Steve did a great job discussing ethics in different aspects of the Cleaning and Restoration industry. Since we specialize in Fire & Water Damage Cleanup for insurance claims, we had not trouble relating to our audience of local agents and adjusters. 

Old Friend becomes New Recruit

4/30/2013 (Permalink)

Fire & Water Cleanup Rep for SERVPRO of Tri-County & The Mountains

Don Julian has signed on as a representative for our local Fire & Water Damage Restoration Franchise. Don brings more than 36 years of experience as an Insurance Claims Adjuster.

"We knew Don already from years of working on claims with him," said Justin, Marketing Manager. "His familiarity with us and our industry is truly a great asset. Even without that, his work ethic and attitude could have gotten him the job. I am thrilled to have Don on our team."

Don will be building & maintaining relationships with our Emergency Service Customers primarily in the following cities in northeast Georgia: Clayton, Clarkesville, Helen, Cleveland, Demorest, Cornelia, Toccoa, Lavonia, Royston, Hartwell, & Elberton.