Thankful for rain
Wayne Sales picks field corn from his summer garden after recent rainfall gave a boost to his crops, including okra and white half-runner beans. Though late summer rain has provided some relief from the powerful heat, most of Gilmer County is still considered to be in a state of severe drought according to drought monitor information provided by the National Weather Service. A small corner in the northwest area of the county is considered to still be in extreme drought conditions. “I’m thankful for it,” said Sales, 76, about the needed rain. “I’ve still got plenty of weeds, though. (The heat) hasn’t hurt them,” he chuckled.